Chinese Sayings: 塞翁失马,焉知非福 A setback may turn out to be a blessing in disguise

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中国谚语

zhōngguó yàn yǔ

塞翁失马,焉知非福

sài wēng shī mǎ , yān zhī fēi fú

A setback may turn out to be a blessing in disguise

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1

sài

strategic pass / tactical border position  
2 wēng elderly man  
3 shī to lose; to miss; to fail  
4 horse; Classifiers:   
5 yān how  
6 zhī to know  
7 fēi to not be; not  
8 good fortune; happiness; luck

Chinese Character Worksheet for Sai Weng Shi Ma (in PDF)

Image of sai wen shi ma poster

Read the story behind this idiom in both English and Chinese:

【释义】比喻虽然一时受到损失,但也有可能带来好处。即好事和坏事在一定条件下可以互相转化 

 

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