Chinese Idiom : 井底之蛙

  • Last week we have learned a new Chinese idiom : 半途而废
  • We are going to learn another popular idiom today ” 井底之蛙 “
  • 井底之蛙 means a frog in a well — a person with a very limited outlook and experience.

井底之蛙

从前,有只青蛙住在一口废井里。

有一天,青蛙在井边碰到了一只海龟。

青蛙就对海龟夸口说:“你看我住在这里多么快乐和舒适,谁也比不上我,而且我还是这里的主人。”

海龟听后,想进去看看。但它还没有进去,就已经被绊住了。

海龟连忙后退了两步,然后对青蛙说:“你见过大海吗?”

青蛙摇摇头:“除了这里我没有去过其它地方。”

“大海无边无际,美丽壮观,那里还住着很多其它的朋友。住在大海里,才是真的快乐呢!” 海龟自豪地说。

青蛙听后,才知道自己太渺小,太无知了。

There once was a frog who lived in a well.

One day, the frog met a turtle from the sea.

The frog said proudly to the turtle, “I have lived here happily and comfortably for my whole life as the sole resident of this well. No one’s life can compare with mine!”

Upon hearing these words, the turtle wanted to enter the well to have a look. He stumbled on his way in, which made him reconsider.

Then the turtle stepped back and asked the frog: “Have you ever seen the sea?”

The frog shook its head and said, “I have never been outside of this well.”

“The sea is boundless, beautiful and spectacular. I also have many friends there. I am truly happy with my life in the sea.” the turtle said proudly.

After hearing this, the frog felt embarrassed and somewhat ashamed of his arrogance.

Words / Phrases:
1.
青蛙
qīng wā
: frog
2.
jǐng
: well
3.
fèi
: unused
4.
pèng
: bump into
5.
海龟
hǎi guī
: turtle
6.
夸口
kuā kǒu
: boast; brag
7.
舒适
shū shì
: cosy
8.
快乐
kuài lè
: happy
9.
主人
zhǔ rén
: master
10.
绊住
bàn zhù
: get in the way; hold … up
11.
大海
dà hǎi
: ocean
12.
无边无际
wú biān wú jì
: boundless
13.
壮观
zhuàng guān
: magnificent
14.
自豪
zì háo
: proud
15.
渺小
miǎo xiǎo
: tiny
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