Idioms for the Summer

June 07, 2020

Seeing as the weather is changing, we’ve prepared a couple sayings in Chinese that can help you describe what you might be feeling.

This blog will explain the meaning and uses of four common sayings to describe the hot summer days we have coming our way!

Some characters might be new, others might be ones you recognise but used differently.

I hope you find them useful!

jiāo yáng sì huǒ

“The scorching sun”

骄阳
jiāo yáng
scorching sun

强烈的阳光
qiáng liè de yáng guāng
intense/strong sunshine

似火
sì huǒ
Like fire

好像火
hǎo xiàng huǒ
Similar to fire意思是:强烈的阳光好像烈火一样。形容天气非常炎热。

This saying describes the moments when the sun is burning like fire on a swelteringly hot summer day.

Example Sentences

骄阳似火的下午,公园里游客很少。

On afternoons that are sweltering hot, there are very few visitors in the park.

在骄阳似火的七月,我们举行了毕业典礼。

In the scorching month of July, we had our graduation ceremony.

liè rì yán yán

“The swelteringly hot day”

烈日
liè rì
scorching sun

炎热的太阳
yán rè de tài yang
the blistering heat of the sun

 

炎炎
yán yán
sweltering/scorching

很热的样子
hěn rè de yàng zi
the feeling of being in very high heat

意思是:形容夏天阳光强烈,天气很热。

This saying describes the hot summer days with very intense sunshine.

Example Sentences

 

在这烈日炎炎的天气里,你还要去爬山吗?

On a swelteringly hot day like this, you still want to go hiking?

 

这种烈日炎炎的天气,大家一定要小心中暑。

In this swelteringly hot weather, everyone must be careful about getting heatstroke.

huī hàn rú yǔ

Sweat like rain

 

挥 huī; scatter

洒 ; Spray

泼 ; Splash

汗 hán; sweat

汗水 hàn shuǐ; sweat

如雨
rú yǔ
like rain

像下雨
xiàng xià yǔ
Much like when it rains

意思是:汗水很多,用手一甩,就像下雨一样。形容天热出汗多。

This saying describes the times when you are sweating a lot. When you wipe your head, it’s as if it is raining. It references the days when you sweat a lot because of the heat.

Example Sentences

烈日下,妈妈在田地里挥汗如雨地劳动着。
Under the scorching sun, my mother is in the field working with sweat dripping like the rain.

她虽然已经挥汗如雨,却不肯停下来休息一会儿。

Even though she is already sweating like rain, she still won't stop and take a break.

lǜ shù chéng yīn

Green trees providing shade

 

绿树
lǜ shù
Green trees

绿色的大树
lǜ sè de dà shù
Large trees with greenery

成荫
chéng yìn
leafy shade

形成树荫
xíng chéng shù yìn
Shade provided by a tree

意思是:形容树木枝叶茂密,遮挡了阳光。

This saying describes a tree that is densely packed with leaves, covering the sun.

Example Sentences

夏日,虽然骄阳似火,却绿树成荫。

In the summer, even though the sun is scorching, the trees still provide shade.

公园绿树成荫,特别凉快。

The shade provided by the trees in the park is so refreshing.

Want to try and use it? Let us know how you would in the comments below!