Phil Collins said, “in learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn.” Indeed, teaching and learning many times are tied together: a good teacher is always a keen learner, and a good learner learns better when teaching to others. How do Chinese people view teaching and learning? Here are 16 Chinese proverbs on teaching and learning you may find inspirational.
Chinese Proverbs on Teaching
Shí nián shùmù, bǎinián shù rén
It takes ten years for a tree to grow, but it takes a hundred years for talents to be nurtured
Yù bù zuó, bùchéngqì
Jade requires polishing to turn into a gem
Shòu rén yǐ yú, zhǐ jiè yīshí zhī jí; shòu rén yǐ yú, zé jiè yīshēng suǒ xū
Give a fish and be fed for only a day. Teach how to fish and be free from hunger for the whole life
Zi bù jiào, fǔ zhīguò
Parents are responsible for their children’s education
Qīngchūyúlán ér shèng yú lán
Indigo blue is extracted from the indigo plant but is bluer than the plant it comes from.
Good schooling produces excellence beyond the masters: students surpass their teachers
Yánshī chū gāotú
Strict teachers have successful students
Sān rénxíng, bì yǒu wǒ shī
In a group of three people, there will always be one person I can learn from.
Shīfù lǐng jìnmén, xiūxíng zài gèrén
The master teaches the trade, but the perfection of the apprentice’s skill depends on his own efforts.
Chinese Proverbs on Learning
Xué wú zhǐjìng
There is no limit in learning
Wēngù ér zhī xīn
Studying the past helps to understand the present
3. 一分耕耘, 一分收获
Yī fēn gēngyún, yī fēn shōuhuò
No pain, no gain
Dú wàn juǎn shū bùrú xíng wànlǐ lù
Reading thousands of books is not as good as traveling thousands of miles
5. 闻而忘之； 见而记之；行而知之
Wén ér wàng zhī; jiàn ér jì zhī; xíng ér zhīzhī
I listen and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand
Xué ér bù sī zé wǎng, sī ér bù xué zé dài
Learning without thinking means wasted work; thinking without learning is dangerous
Practice makes perfect, diligence makes up one’s dullness
Xué rú nìshuǐxíngzhōu, bù jìn zé tuì
Studying is like sailing against the current: a boat must forge ahead or it will be swept downstream.
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