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08 March 2007 @ 10:04 pm
kotowaza is one kanji  
i did kotowaza, or proverbs, with my eikaiwa class this week, and they were really pretty fun. there are japanese equivalents of english sayings that are basically the same in meaning and wording, and others that have the same meaning but very different wording. i enjoyed some of them, so i'm gonna share just a few (so you don't get bored).

one japanese version of "don't count your chickens," is "talk of next year makes the devil laugh".

"everyone makes mistakes" and "pride before a fall" are both meanings of "even monkeys fall out of trees".

"let sleeping dogs lie" is "poke around in a bush and a snake will come out".

"actions speak louder than words" is "eggs and vows are easily broken".
"when it rains it pours" is like "a bee to a crying face".

hope you enjoyed a couple fun little moments in language!
Alex Staherskiintheblacklodge on March 8th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
Poke around in a bush and a snake will come out sounds VERY dirty.
Mellenabsentmammoth on March 9th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
i hadn't even thought of that til you said it, but now that you have, yeah. kinda dirty. the japanese are kinda dirty sometimes though, so i'm not all that surprised.
Alex Staherskiintheblacklodge on March 9th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Well, you know where my mind is these days.
Mellenabsentmammoth on March 9th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
in the bush with the snake?
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Mellenabsentmammoth on March 9th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
well, it does have 2 meanings, a consolation AND a warning, so maybe only SOME monkeys are prideful.
papasansa4 on March 8th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Is there a proverb for , "beer before liquor..."
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Mellenabsentmammoth on March 9th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
yeah, and it's one of those that has funny grammar, so it's not written as a sentence, just purely as a descriptive image, bee to a crying face.

and talk of next year does make the devil laugh. which is all i was saying to patrick when i said i didn't know about a third year. i don't like the devil laughing at me.