#EngProverb: Proverbs from various countries (A-K)

  1. “No one says his own buttermilk is sour.” ~Afghanistan
    • Meaning: No one advertises his own faults.
  2. “A sleeping fox finds no meat.” ~Brazil
    • Meaning: We have to work hard to meet our goals.
  3. “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” ~China
    • Meaning: We may not have the answer to a certain issue yet the purpose still is valuable in itself.
  4. “Fish and visitors smell in three days.” ~Denmark
    • Meaning: Houseguest will annoy the house owner if they are staying over too long.
  5. “Time has turns, and the year has weeks.” ~Greece
    • Meaning: Patience.
  6. “An empty sack can’t stand up.” ~Haiti
    • Meaning: You can’t get much work done on an empty stomach.
  7. “Wherever we stand, we have to hold the sky.” ~Indonesia
    • Meaning: Wherever we live, we must observe the local custom.
  8. “Let flow in the water.” ~Japan
    • Meaning: Forgive and forget.
  9. “If the outgoing words are beautiful, then the incoming words will be beautiful, too.” ~Korea
    • Meaning: Be nice to others if you want others to do the same to you.


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, July 6, 2012


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