Abraham Lincoln says, “The better part of one’s life consists of his friendship.” Friends are so important to all of us. They bring support, love and excitement to our lives. Friendship is therefore an essential part a child needs to learn. As teachers and parents, what can we teach our kids the wisdom from our ancestors? How do Chinese people view friendship? There are 12 Chinese proverbs on friendship I would like to share with you and your child.
First of all, let’s study some vocabulary:
朋友 péng yǒu friend
友谊 yǒuyì friendship
Chinese Proverbs on Friendship
huàn nàn jiàn zhēn qíng
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
dé péng yǒu nán, shī péng yǒu yì
A friend is easier lost than found.
xǖ yào zhī shí fāng zhī yǒu
A friend is never known till a man has need.
méi yǒu shí quán shí měi de péng yǒu
A friend without faults will never be found.
jūn zǐ zhī jiāo dàn rú shuǐ
A hedge between keeps friendship green
shěn mé rén jiāo shén mé péng yǒu
A man is known by his friends.
dōng xī shì xīn de hǎo, péng yǒu shì lǎo de qīn
Everything is good when new， but friends when old.
péng yǒu zhī jiān yě huì báo chí jù lí
Friends agree best at distance
zài hǎo de péng yǒu yě yǒu fēn shǒu de shí hòu
Friends must part.
beì hòu shuō hǎo huà, cái shì zhēn péng yǒu
He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs
méi yǒu péng yǒu, suī shēng yóu sǐ
Life without a friend is death.
hǎi nèi cún zhī jǐ , tiān yá ruò bǐ lín
A bosom friend afar brings distant land near.
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