Category Archives: Proverbs


Deceiving Yourself 掩耳盗铃

Background: My friend and I were talking about how different countries cope with the pandemic. We found that a few politicians around the world didn’t take the coronavirus seriously enough at first and pretended that it was only a small problem. My friend described them as “掩耳盗铃”. Main piece: 掩耳盗铃 Pinyin: yan er dao ling… Continue Reading »

“Mountains do not meet but people do”

The original language and script: Munte cu munte nu se-ntâlnește, dar om cu om se-ntâlnește. The original is represented in Roman form as a Romanian proverb The transliterated proverb: Mountain with mountain does not meet, but man with man meets The fully translated proverb: A mountain doesn’t meet a mountain, but a man meets a… Continue Reading »

井底之蛙 – The frog at the bottom of the well

“In Chinese, we have 成语 which are four word idioms that can refer to stories or just general lessons, or any bit of common wisdom” Original script:  井底之蛙 Phonetic (Roman) script: Jǐngdǐzhīwā Transliteration: frog at the bottom of the well Full translation:  The following is from a conversation with the informant, talking about the story… Continue Reading »

Sana, sana, colita de rana – a Spanish children’s rhyme

Spanish: Sana sana colita de rana si no sana hoy sanara mañana Translation: Heal, heal, little tail of the frog. If you don’t heal today, you’ll heal tomorrow. Full translation AG: This is something that parents tell their children basically, when they complain about something hurting or something going wrong. It rhymes, too, which is… Continue Reading »

守株待兔 – Guarding the tree to wait for a rabbit

“In Chinese, we have 成语, “cheng yu,” which are four word idioms that can refer to stories or just general lessons, or any bit of common wisdom” Original script: 守株待兔 Phonetic (Roman) script: Shǒuzhūdàitù Transliteration: guard tree wait rabbit Full translation:  The following is from a conversation with the informant, talking about the story behind… Continue Reading »