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The incompetent boat pilot blames the river for his shortcomings

China bù huì chēng chuán lài hé wān
The incompetent boat pilot blames the river for his shortcomings Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: [One who] cannot steer the boat blames the bends in the river.

Figuratively, this means: One who is incompetent always tries to shift the blame elsewhere.
This is similar to the English idiom, "a poor workman/craftsman blames his tools."

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Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
The incompetent boat pilot blames the river for his shortcomings不會撐船賴河灣
不会撑船赖河湾
bù huì chēng chuán lài hé wān
bu4 hui4 cheng1 chuan2 lai4 he2 wan1
bu hui cheng chuan lai he wan
buhuichengchuanlaihewan
pu hui ch`eng ch`uan lai ho wan
puhuichengchuanlaihowan
pu hui cheng chuan lai ho wan
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