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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 »

Russian Proverb about Work Ethic

Если вы спешите, вы будете смеяться всех Transliteration: Yesli vy speshite, vy budete smeyat’sya vsekh Translation: If you rush, you will make everybody laugh You shouldn’t rush when working on something because you will end up being laughed at. Background Information: Russian proverb used in colloquial conversations. Context: The informant told me this proverb during… Continue Reading »

Armenian Proverb about Judgement

Մի՛ հաշվեք շնորհալի ձիու ատամները Transliteration: Mi՛ hashvek’ shnorhali dziu atamnery Translation: Don’t count the teeth of a horse that is gifted Explanation: Do not judge gifts you recieve by it’s price, quality, brand, etc. Just appreciate that someone was nice. Background Information: Common Armenian proverb used across the diaspora. Context: The informant told me… Continue Reading »

Armenian Proverb About a Fox

Երբ աղվեսը չի կարողանում հասնել խաղողի, աղվեսը ասում է, որ դեռ հասունացած չէ Transliteration: Yerb aghvesy ch’i karoghanum hasnel khaghoghi, aghvesy asum e, vor derr hasunats’ats ch’e Translation: When the fox cannot reach the grape, the fox says that the grape is not ripe yet. Explanation: When some people cannot reach their goals, they would… Continue Reading »