Main Piece: Russian Proverb
“Семь раз отмерь, один раз отрежь.”
Phonetic: Sem’ raz otmer’, odin raz otrezh’.
Literal translation: Seven times measure, one time cut.
Actual meaning: Measure something seven times before cutting it once.
- Why does informant know this piece?
It was often told to him by his mother to encourage him to be more careful.
- Where did they learn this piece?
The Soviet Union
- What does it mean to them?
Before cutting something, or doing a project such as a piece of furniture, he makes sure to plan it out and measure everything carefully so that he does not mess up the project.
When someone is doing an important project
To encourage carefulness.
I have often heard this proverb growing up, and only ever realized how important it is to be careful and plan when doing things as I got older. Its very helpful when doing projects.