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Arabic Proverb

إذا ضربت الماء فسيظل الماء. Transliteration: iidha darabat alma’ fasayazilu alma Translation: If you hit the water it will still be water When someone is trying to explain something to someone else and they are not absorbing the information. Background Information: Common Arabic proverb used in different parts of the middle east such as Lebanon…. Continue Reading »

Lebanese Proverb

“Live for today, as if you’re going to live forever. Live for the year after, as if you’re going to die tomorrow morning.” My informant is from a Lebanese family. She is a college student at the California State University Northridge. She is very close with her father, often helping him run the family store…. Continue Reading »

Arabic Proverb

اكبر منك بيوم ، اعرف منك بسنة Transliteration: Akbar minak beyoum, a’araf minak bseneh. Translation: Older than you by one day, more knowledgeable than you by a year. Background information: This is a well-known Arabic proverb. The informant heard it from other Arabs, and he likes it because it gives a nod to experience and sums up… Continue Reading »

Syrian Proverb

 عئلاته شغل ايدو Transliteration: A’alato sheghil eedo. Translation: His/her brain is made by his/her own hand. Background information: This is a Syrian expression meaning his/her brain isn’t put together well, as in jerry-rigged, i.e. crazy. Context: The informant told me this proverb in a Skype video call conversation about folklore. Thoughts: This is saying that when a human makes things,… Continue Reading »

Arabic Proverb

لما بيكبر ابنك ، خاويه Transliteration: Lema beeyekbar ibnak, khaweeh. Translation: When your son grows up, treat him as if he is your brother. Background information: This is a well-known Arabic proverb. Context: The informant told me this proverb in a Skype video call conversation about folklore. Thoughts: The bond between brothers is a strong one, one reason being… Continue Reading »