Chinese Proverbs: 不经一事,不长一智 bù jīng yī shì , bù zhǎng yī zhì

By Ling-Ling Lisa Shih

Bu Jing yi shi, bu zhang yi zhi calligraphy

Jing yi shi, zhang yi zhi calligraphy


zhōngguó yànyǔ

bù jīng yī shì , bù zhǎng yī zhì


You can’t gain knowledge without practical experience;

wisdom only comes with experience.  –Common saying


Related image Cut the Chinese saying and paste it here to hear it read out loud

Vocabulary 生词

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1   (negative prefix); not; no
2   jīng surname Jing; classics; sacred book; scripture; to pass through; to undergo; to bear; to endure; warp (textile); longitude; menstruation (月经); channel (TCM); abbr. for economics 经济
3   one; 1; single
4   shì matter; thing; item; work; affair; Classifiers: 
5   cháng


  1. length; long;

2. to grow

6   zhì wisdom; knowledge


这句成语的意思是指一个人不亲身经历就不能增长一些见识。也就是说经验能使人增长智慧。This saying means one cannot gain wisdom and knowledge without experience. That is, one can gain wisdom only through experience.

造句 (Make a Sentence):

  • 做错了事情不要紧;不经一事,不长一智;以后注意就是了。
  • 我掉了钱包。妈妈安慰我说,”没关系,不经一事,不长一智,以后小心一点就好了。”


【不经一事,不长一智】意思- 成语词典 – 成语查询

不经一事,不长一智 – Foreigners in China

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