1.对牛弹琴（cast pearls before swine）
During the Warring States Period, there was a musician named Gongming Yi, who playedmusical instruments very well.
There were a great number of people fond of listening to him play, and respected him very much.
One day, Gongming Yi saw a cow when he was having fun in the countryside.
He thought, "Everybody compliments my music. Why don't I play some music for this cow?"
He played a piece of elegant quaint music for the cow, but the cow just kept grazing the grass with its head down.
He played another piece of joyful music, but the cow still kept its head down to graze the grass and totally ignored him.
Gongming Yi was so disappointed and started to question his ability.
A passerby said to him,"It's not because your ability is bad. It is because the cow can notunderstand music at all."
2.笨鸟先飞（The early bird catches the worm）
A bird hatches six baby birds.The Sixth is very weak and small; his sisters and brothers usuallybully him.The other birds usually rob food from his mouth, and the Sixth has to suffer from hunger.
Sisters and Brothers call him “clumsy bird.”
He determines to exercise more to be healthier, in order to not be laughed by his sisters and brothers.
The Sixth has a strong will and gets up very early every day.He always finishes exercising and eating worms by the time his sisters and brothers wake up.
When the winter is coming and the bird flock prepare to fly to the south, the “clumsy bird” is the first one to start flying.