Leisurely and Carefree – No-nonsense Chinese Idioms

Thankfully we have a more positive idiom after last week’s ‘to suffer a crushing defeat‘ example.

自由自在(自由自在)

Pinyin: zì yóu zì zài
English: Leisurely and carefree; free and easy

Free Willy
Image from the movie Free Willy
Note: The word in the image above next to this week’s idiom is 終於(终于 zhōng yú )which means “eventually” or “at last”.

Usage

Traditional
我只想要一個自由自在的生活

Simplified
我只想要一个自由自在的生活

Pinyin
wǒ zhǐ xiǎngyào yīge zìyóuzìzài de shēnghuó

English
All I want is a leisurely and carefree life

This idiom can be broken down easily into two words that are also in very common use – 自由(zìyóu) which is “freedom” and 自在(zìzài) which is to be “comfortable” and “unrestrained”.