不如
(bùrú)

HSK 5

Meaning

  1. not as good as
  2. inferior to

Stroke Order

Traditional Chinese


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Pinyin Converter

  • bùrú > bu4 ru2

  • 1: First Tone 一声
  • 2: Second Tone 二声
  • 3: Third Tone 三声
  • 4: Fourth Tone 四声
  • 5: Fifth Tone (neutral) 五声

Words sharing similar characters

Hanzi Pinyin Meaning
百闻不如一见 bǎi wén bù rú yī jiàn seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times (idiom)/seeing for oneself is better than hearing from many others/seeing is believing
不如人意 bù rú rén yì leaving much to be desired/unsatisfactory/undesirable
长痛不如短痛 cháng tòng bù rú duǎn tòng better to just get the pain over with, rather than prolong the agony
当官不为民做主不如回家卖红薯 dāng guān bù wèi mín zuò zhǔ bù rú huí jiā mài hóng shǔ if an official does not put the people first, he might as well go home and sell sweet potatoes
多一事不如少一事 duō yī shì bù rú shǎo yī shì it is better to avoid unnecessary trouble (idiom)/the less complications the better
耳闻不如目见 ěr wén bù rú mù jiàn seeing sth for oneself is better than hearing about it from others
恭敬不如从命 gōng jìng bù rú cóng mìng deference is no substitute for obedience (idiom)/(said to accept sb's request, invitation etc)
还不如 hái bù rú to be better off .../might as well ...
好记性不如烂笔头 hǎo jì xìng bù rú làn bǐ tóu the palest ink is better than the best memory (idiom)
好死不如赖活着 hǎo sǐ bù rú lài huó zhe better a bad life than a good death (idiom)
今不如昔 jīn bù rú xī things are not as good as they used to be
金窝银窝不如自己的狗窝 jīn wō yín wō bù rú zì jǐ de gǒu wō there's no place like home (idiom)
来得早不如来得巧 lái de zǎo bù rú lái de qiǎo arriving early can't beat coming at the right time/perfect timing
临渊羡鱼,不如退而结网 lín yuān xiàn yú, bù rú tuì ér jié wǎng better to go home and weave a net than to stand by the pond longing for fish (idiom)/one should take practical steps to achieve one's aim
巧诈不如拙诚 qiǎo zhà bù rú zhuō chéng the unvarnished truth is better than a cunning ruse (idiom)/honesty is the best policy
禽兽不如 qín shòu bù rú worse than a beast/to behave immorally
请将不如激将 qǐng jiàng bù rú jī jiàng lit. to dispatch a general is not as effective as to excite a general/fig. inciting people to action is more effective than dispatching orders
求人不如求己 qiú rén bù rú qiú jǐ if you want sth done well, do it yourself (idiom)
人算不如天算 rén suàn bù rú tiān suàn man proposes, God disposes (idiom)/one's plans can be derailed by unforeseen events
授人以鱼不如授人以渔 shòu rén yǐ yú bù rú shòu rén yǐ yú give a man a fish and you feed him for a day/teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime/knowledge is the best charity
授之以鱼不如授之以渔 shòu zhī yǐ yú bù rú shòu zhī yǐ yú give a man a fish and you feed him for a day/teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime (idiom)
闻名不如见面 wén míng bù rú jiàn miàn knowing sb by their reputation can't compare to meeting them in person (idiom)
言教不如身教 yán jiào bù rú shēn jiào Explaining in words is not as good as teaching by example (idiom). Action speaks louder than words.
药补不如食补 yào bǔ bù rú shí bǔ the benefits of medicine are not as great as those of good nutrition
一代不如一代 yī dài bù rú yī dài to be getting worse with each generation
一日不如一日 yī rì bù rú yī rì to be getting worse by the day
远亲不如近邻 yuǎn qīn bù rú jìn lín A relative afar is less use than a close neighbor (idiom). Take whatever help is on hand, even from strangers.
猪狗不如 zhū gǒu bù rú worse than a dog or pig/lower than low
自愧不如 zì kuì bù rú ashamed of being inferior (idiom)/to feel inferior to others
自叹不如 zì tàn bù rú to consider oneself as being not as good as the others

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