This Chinese phrase literally means “Sour, Sweet, Bitter and Spicy,” but has come to signify life’s triumphs and tribulations   


The phrase 酸甜苦辣 Suan1Tian2Ku3La4 came up in the episode Have a Bite of China Nostalgia 舌尖上的岁月. For more everyday Chinese phrases , check out episode 12 of the Juzi Podcast. 

Ups and Downs  酸甜苦辣 Suan1Tian2Ku3La4

Examples 造句


I have been through all of Life’s ups and downs.


He is striking out on his own away from home, he really has been through all kinds of ups and downs.


Juzi Speaks is a regular segment of the Juzi The Mandarin Podcast. David and Siok share an everyday Chinese phrase, an ancient proverb or even a piece of slang in a fun three minute segment.

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