#Chinese Idioms Station# Week 2


海枯石烂  [hǎi kū shí làn]

海:ocean

枯:dry up

石:stone

烂:rot

  

General meaning: (even if) the sea run dry and the rock crumble. To describe a long period of time, or to describe the eternal love.

Example:

即使海枯石烂,我的爱也不会改变。[jí shǐ hǎi kū shí làn, wǒ de ài yě bú huì gǎi biàn]

My love will not change even if the sea runs dry and the rock crumbles.

 

Synonym: 天荒地老 [tiān huāng dì lǎo]


 

难以置信 [nán yǐ zhì xìn]

concerned

General meaning: hard to believe

Example:

他没有复习就通过了考试,真是难以置信。[tā méi yǒu fù xí jiù tōng guò le kǎo shì, zhēn shì nán yǐ zhì xìn]

It’s hard to believe that he passed the exam without reviewing the knowledge.

 

Synonym: 出乎意料 [chū hū yì liào]

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