Every country has their own idioms that mean something totally different than what they first appear to. You might say to your friend, “Wow! That cost an arm and a leg.” If someone from another country heard you- well, let’s just hope they don’t take it literally or they may get worried! If you think about it, you can probably come up with quite a few other unique phrases you use in daily life.
Since this is a common phenomenon that you'll encounter no matter where you go, we’ve rounded up 10 important Mandarin phrases to know in Shanghai that will help you speak like the locals!
1. 三人成虎 (sān rén chéng hǔ) = three people can turn into a tiger
If you say something over and over again, it might just become true. This idiom warns that you should be careful not to lie often, or you might forget what the truth really is.Continue Reading