Chinese Idiom Practice - You Get What You Pay For
2016-01-05 09:21:39         2025

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The Chinese language has saying that has a similar meaning to the old English phrase that "you get what you pay for." If you hear一分钱一分货yìfēn qián yìfēn huò, you're literally being told that paying one cent gets you something worth one cent. You'll know that you're probably being warned that a low price probably also means low quality.

In China, haggling over a purchase price is a cultural norm. However, everybody knows that if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Quality and price typically have a direct relationship.

Check out a couple examples below:

A:  zhè gè duō shǎo qián ?

  这  个   多   少     钱?

How much is this?

B:  yī bǎi kuài

 一 百   块

One hundred yuan

A:  tài guì le

 太  贵 了

Too expensive

B:  yī fèn qián yī fèn huò

 一 分    钱  一 分   货

Good work isn't cheap, cheap work isn't good

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