Lesson 251. Car Accident.

Learn expressions and vocabulary in Mandarin Chinese useful to know when someone crashes into you or into your bicycle/car.
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  1. Serge Melnyk says:

    Nihao!

    Thank you for your question!

    From the ‘meaning’ point of view, they are the same. 小菜一碟 is related to the food, so as ‘a piece of cake’, so perhaps from this prospective, it’s a bit closer to the English expression, 小事一件 could be also ‘not a big deal!’, as 事 means ‘matter’ and it’s closer to the meaning of ‘deal’.

    However, they both express the same idea, so word for word meaning is not that important, especially in the idiomatic expressions.

    Best,

    Serge
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