Posted by: Jason | February 13, 2011

Proverbs and Sayings

This came up a lot this week in class, and, funnily enough, it came up a few times around the dinner table as well. Proverbs or sayings. You can tell many things about a culture by its proverbs. Proverbs are short phrases that can often express ideas that are sometimes very difficult to explain. Here’s a few:

Curiosity killed the cat. – This means that sometimes if you ask too many questions, you will learn bad or dangerous things.
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. – If someone is doing something nice for you, you shouldn’t be mean to them.
Birds of a feather flock together. – People in groups tend to act similarly
A man is known by the company he keeps. – This means that people are often judged by other people by the kinds of friends that they have.
Too many cooks spoil the broth. – Too many people trying to take the lead on a project will often get in each others way and make the project more difficult.

There are many many of these phrases out there. So, here’s a bit of homework for you all. Two things. First, I want you to pick three Japanese proverbs and try to explain them in English. Second, can you tell me what the following proverb means –

“Blood is thicker than water.”?

Put your answers in the comments below. Good luck.

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Responses

  1. “Blood is thicker than water” this means that family ties is stronger than other ties
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  2. hmm.. i thought about that proverb’s meaning, but finally i couldn’t find any answers. 😦


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