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吃苦 Bitterness


用自己學會認讀的字,慢慢學習獨立閱讀,同時吸收各種百科常識:經典、歷史、天文、科學…… 識字和閱讀,是終身學習的工具。


爸爸和媽媽也一起來,讀一讀、笑一笑、談一談… 感受親子的樂趣,讓美好時光,永留在孩子的印象之中。

Start to read independently with these short comic stories, all written in characters that the child has learnt from Basic Chinese 500 course. The stories in this series include history, classic, language learning, science, humour, and more.

Each story comes with some background information. It would be a great opportunity for parents to engage children in related discussions.


  • 用心良苦
  • 苦盡甘來
  • 同甘共苦
  • 吃苦耐勞
  • 勞苦功高
  • 皇天不負苦心人


苦 /kǔ/ means bitterness, pain or hardship. Although this word can be seen as negative when stands alone, it is often used in idioms that express positive ideas. Some examples are:

  • 苦口良藥 (lit.) good medicine tastes bitter > frank criticism is hard to swallow
  • 用心良苦 to give a lot of thought to something
  • 苦盡甘來 the beginning of good times after long hardship
  • 同甘共苦 to share life’s joys and sorrows; for better or for worse
  • 吃苦耐勞 enduring hardships
  • 勞苦功高 hardships and high credit
  • 皇天不負苦心人 god will not disappoint the person who tries hard

Learn these motivational idioms so you can inspire and empower yourself.

Traditional Chinese version

Simplified Chinese version