Daily Chinese Proverb: No Reservation

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Wednesday, 2 September 2009
This is a proverb that is in use in many cultures. It is often used in circumstances where things are in short supply, such as limited edition things in shops. It also means that there is no preferential treatment or reservations for people that may have a better relationship.

xiān qiǎng xiān yíng
First come first served

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  1. Shouldn't the second xian have the same tone as the first one?

    Really love your site man! Keep it up!

  2. Anonymous Says:
  3. I normally say 先到先得 (lit. first come first get/ gain)

    It's interesting. In English, you look for "services". In Chinese, we want the "products"!!

  4. Of course it is Niel, thank you for pointing out my mistake.

    Glad you posted, and thanks for your kind comments, the site will continue, no matter how busy I am. It really makes me smile coming back to this every night.


    Interesting point, England really is very service centric, and the Intellectual Property is something that is devoloped more than actual inventions.

    Thoughts as opposed to items is what in my experience is encouraged here at schools too.


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