冰凍三尺,非一日之寒

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Chinese[edit]

ice to freeze three; 3
 
a Chinese foot (M); one-third of a meter; a ruler; a note musical note on traditional Chinese scale
non-; not-; un-
 
one; 1; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
 
day; sun; date; day of the month; Japan (abbrev.)
 
(literary equivalent of 的); (subor. part.); him; her; it
cold; poor; to tremble
trad. (冰凍三尺,非一日之寒)
simp. (冰冻三尺,非一日之寒)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: Three feet of ice is not the result of one cold day.

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

冰凍三尺,非一日之寒

  1. Rome wasn't built in a day.
  2. One can not become an expert in a difficult subject overnight.