| Proverbios Chinos
Los proverbios chinos, como los de todos los pueblos, manifiestan la influencia de su cultura y medio ambiente, por ejemplo el énfasis en las relaciones humanas.
Son interesantísimos para nosotros de otra parte del mundo en que, entre las diferencias, vemos muchas semejanzas con la realidad hispana.
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Se da el significado de algunos de los siguientes proverbios con el proverbio correspondiente del Inglés. En algunos casos se el dicho en Castellano.
Don't add legs to the snake after you have finished drawing it.
Do something that is totally unnecessary and spoil what you already have done.
An ant may well destroy a whole dam.
If a small problem is overlooked, it could develop into a big disaster. An ant can makemany holes in a dam to allow water to soak in and consequently bring it to a collapse.
A book holds a house of gold.
It is a motto adults use to encourage youngsters to study. If you study hard,you'll have a good job and a chance to make good money.
Butcher the donkey after it finished his job on the mill.
Crows everywhere are equally black.
A dish of carrot hastily cooked may still have dirt on it.
Distant water won't help to put out a fire close at hand.
Distant water won't quench your immediate thirst.
Donkey's lips do not fit onto a horse's mouth.
Mono vestido de seda, mono se queda. Chancho en trapezio.
A dog won't forsake his master because of his poverty; a son never deserts hismother for her homely appearance.
Dream different dreams while on the same bed.
It is a reality that even the closest people, husband and wife, will dream different dreams. That means that people are never alike in their minds.The connotation is that you got to bewary of even the people you trust the most.
Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.
A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.
Fight a wolf with a flexible reed.
You can fool the wolf into thinking that the reed is a hard stick.
A flea on the top of a bald head.
A crane standing in a flock of chickens.
A camel standing in a flock of sheep.
A crane is too obvious when it stands among a flock of chickens and looks very
awkward. It is also true with a camel amidst a flock of sheep and a flea when it stands on top of a hairless head. They all carry a pejorative tone: the thing that stands out among others is something awkward if not necessarily bad.
Flowing water never goes bad; our door hubs never gather termites.
It means that people have to renew their knowledge so as not to stay behind
A frog in a well shaft seeing the sky.
A bird that stopped at a well to drink had a discussion with a frog that lived in the well. The bird had a better view of the sky. The frog has a limited view of things.
Flies never visit an egg that has no crack.
Bad company finds bad people.
Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger but a heart as soft as tofu.
Have one's ears pierced only before the wedding ceremony starts.
This means to put off what must be done until the last minute.
An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.
Money spent or lost can be earned; time lost is lost for good.
It is easy to dodge a spear that comes in front of you but hard to keep away from an arrow shot from behind.
Bad allies are more dangerous than enemies.
A Jade stone is useless before it is processed.
A man is good-for-nothing until he is educated.
Like ants eating a bone.
Slow steady work on a big job. La gota horada la piedra.
Lift a stone only to drop on your own feet.
The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be.
Mend the pen only after the sheep are all gone.
No wind, no waves.
Of all the strategies in war, to know when to quit is the best.
Prudence is the better part of valor.
Once bitten by a snake, he/she is scared all his/her life at the mere sight of a rope.
Once on a tiger's back, it is hard to alight.
Once you are in trouble or involved in a problem, it is hard to get out of it.
One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked.
Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire.
In unity there is strength. (This proverb contradicts the following one.)
An overcrowded chicken farm produce fewer eggs.
Too many cooks spoil the soup. (This proverb contradicts the preceding one.)
Pick up a sesame seed but lose sight of a watermelon.
Play a harp before a cow. ºQué sabe el burro de chocolates?
Paper can't wrap up a fire.
Some tasks are impossible.
Shed no tears until seeing the coffin.
Keep hope alive.
A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
A sly rabbit will have three openings to its den.
Some prefer carrot while others like cabbage.
One man's meat is another's poison. People's preferences differ. Different strokes for different folks. De gustos y sabores callan los doctores.
Steal a bell with one's ears covered.
He wants to catch a rabbit by waiting for it to kill itself by running into a tree.
A lazy person waits for good luck instead of working.
We are not so much concerned if you are slow as when you come to a halt.
A weasel comes to say "Happy NewYear" to the chickens.
When you are poor, neighbors close by will not come; once you become rich, you'll be surprised by visits from distant relatives.
Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook.
You can't catch a cub without going into the tiger's den.
You can’t do anything important with taking a risk.
You think you lost your horse? Who knows, he may bring a whole herd back to you someday.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
You won't help the new plants grow by pulling them up higher.
Awatched pot never boils.
Haiwang.Yuan @ wku.edu,
Compiledby Haiwang Yuan, Copyright Reserved.
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