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"speak of the devil" and other proverbs
PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

I want to find proverbs in different languages that have the same meaning.

Example:

English:
"Speak of the devil"

Swedish:
"När man talar om trollen" ("Speaking about the trolls")

Norwegian:
Snakk om Sola ("Speaking about the sun")

So anyone know a proverb in their own language that has the same meaning as those above feel free to post it.

Alternatively if you have a proverb in your language that you know has the same meaning as a proverb in another language(feel free to post those two).


And remember don't forget translations.



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PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

Latin:
"Lupus in fabula" ("Speak of the devil" "Here he comes")
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PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

Hmm I thought Lupus meant wolf, so I searched on the phrase on google and found this:

lupus in fabula: The wolf in the fable; talk of the devil and he will appear.



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PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

you mean "speaking of the devil" as if talking about someone and he comes right along right?

in Hebrew its
"medabrim al hahamor"
and it means
speak about the donkey lach1

P.S.
there's another saying at those situations in which you say:
Too bad we weren't talking about a million dollars.
"haval shelo dibarnu ul million dollar"




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PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

I'm in a Latin class!!! Do you doubt my majickal Latin Skillz???!?!

I was IN FACT!!!.....
Wrong...
I am sorry, the correct translation is this.:

Latin:
"Narro of diabolus" ("Speak of the Devil")


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PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

in dutch is "speak of the devil" : Als je over de duivel praat, stap je op zijn staart.

In english: when you talk of the devil, you step on his tail.


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PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

"Wenn man vom Teufel spricht"
When you are talking about the devil

It's the same in German


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PostPosted: Sat 15 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

I googled after proverbs and voila, the proverb "Once bitten, twice shy" is on swedish "Av skadan blir man vis" (of the damage you become wise).

Both mean that you learn by your mistakes.



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PostPosted: Sat 15 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

pasQuale wrote:
in dutch is "speak of the devil" : Als je over de duivel praat, stap je op zijn staart.

In english: when you talk of the devil, you step on his tail.

similar in Brazil:

e só falar no diabo que aparece o rabo

(it rhymes)

«all it takes is speaking of the devil, and behold his tail»


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PostPosted: Sun 16 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

GHOSTIE11 wrote:
I googled after proverbs and voila, the proverb "Once bitten, twice shy" is on swedish "Av skadan blir man vis" (of the damage you become wise).

Both mean that you learn by your mistakes.


Norsk "Brernt barn skyr ilden"

"Burned kid avoids fire"


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PostPosted: Sun 16 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

above,

een ezel stoot zich in het algemeen
geen twee keer aan dezelfde steen

rhymes grin

literally: a donkey in general won't hurt himself on the same rock

in other words, even a donkey avoids the same rock, learns from his mistakes.

I had never heard of "once bitten, twice shy"


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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008  Reply with quote

pasQuale wrote:
I had never heard of "once bitten, twice shy"


Me neither, but that site had all proverbs on swedish and you could check the same proverbs on english, norwegian, danish, german or spain. It was there I found "Once bitten, twice shy" from the proverb "Av skadan blir man vis".



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