《三十六计》中英文对照 Chapter 2
Chapter 2: Enemy Dealing Stratagems 第二套 敌战计
第七计 无中生有 creating something out of nothing
You use the same feint twice. Having reacted to the first and often the second feint as well, the enemy will be hesitant to react to a third feint. Therefore the third feint is the actual attack catching your enemy with his guard down.
第八计 暗渡陈仓 advancing secretly by an unknown path
Deceive the enemy with an obvious approach that will take a very long time, while surprising him by taking a shortcut and sneak up to him. As the enemy concentrates on the decoy, he will miss you sneaking up to him.
第九计 隔岸观火 watching a fire from the other side of the river ▌原文
Delay entering the field of battle until all the other players have become exhausted fighting amongst themselves. Then go in at full strength and pick up the pieces.
第十计 笑里藏刀 covering the dagger with a smile
Charm and ingratiate yourself with your enemy. When you have gained his trust, move against him in secret.
第十一计 李代桃僵 palming off substitute for the real thing ▌原文
There are circumstances in which you must sacrifice short-term objectives in order to gain the long-term goal. This is the scapegoat strategy whereby someone else suffers the consequences so that the rest do not.
第十二计 顺手牵羊 picking up something in passing
While carrying out your plans be flexible enough to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself, however small, and avail yourself of any profit, however slight.