At this stage in my Chinese learning, I have hit a peak with spoken Chinese and I have been putting all my energy into learning more written Chinese. Chinese idioms are special because normally they are only four characters and you need to memorize what they mean in order to understand; this is the education that is taught in Taiwan elementary schools that I was never able to be a part of. It can be hard to pick up idioms just out of context. However there are not a lot of English resources that focus on just idioms, and the ones that do don't filter out the commonly used idioms. So I have created this list using commonly used idioms selected from the dictionary by a native speaker. If you can memorize these, you can drastically improve your formal Chinese reading and formal Chinese writing skills. This is a major project and it will probably take me a few years to cataloger all of the useful idioms in the dictionary. The list below is organized according to character stroke order and will be added upon regularly. FYI: the reason it is not a table is for SEO purposes, so this list can be found in Google. Also, all these translations are from yours truly, translated in my head by reading the Chinese definitions.
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