” IDIOM” : a group of words , an expression, peculiar to a language, cannot be translated word for word. an idiom has a figurative meaning that paints the collective cultural experience of the people who speak that language. i like to look up idioms : a journey into the collective soul of a people. will share with you by and by.
” il ya un os dans le fromage” .french. literal: ” there is a bone in the cheese”. idiomatic meaning: unexpected disturbance. cheese , appreciated for smooth texture. a bone in the cheese! sacrilege. witty idiom, a reminder how much the French love to make ( around 400 types of cheeses and counting!) and savor cheese… with wine. c’est si bon.
” can eat bitterness”. chinese idiom. figuratively: capacity for long endurance of adversity. The Chinese pride themselves for being bitterness eaters. The word “eat” often used in chinese idioms. food, the lack of it, most important concern in chinese culture. Chinese greeting: ” have you eaten rice yet?” . have you been able to fill your belly yet. yes, my belly is full, thank you.