吃一堑, 长一智: No wisdom without suffering

To practice Mandarin Nick (my husband) and I have been studying idioms, a crucial element of Chinese speech. We have only gotten through a dozen or so but already it is clear that many express a common sentiment: 吃一堑, 长一智  (chi yi qian, zhang yi zhi), is a typical example. Translated loosely –  No wisdom without suffering.

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