Chinese Idiom:郑人买履(zhèng rén mǎi lǚ)

A man of the state of Zheng (zhèng guó 郑国) wanted to buy a pair of shoes. He measured his foot and put the measurement on a chair. When he set out for the market he forgot to bring it along. It was after he had found the pair he wanted that this occurred to him.
"I forgot the measurement",said he.
He went home to get it but when he returned the market had broken up and he did not get his shoes after all.
"Why didn’t you try on the shoes with your feet? "
He was asked " I ‘d rather trust the measurement han trust myself."

他回家去取量好的尺码。 等他赶回来时,市集已经关了,他还是没能买到鞋。

郑人买履 (zhèng rén mǎi lǚ)
【翻译】Buying shoes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *