Una Mela al Giorno – part 2 Posted by Serena on May 27, 2010 in Italian Language
Grazie a tutti for the interesting responses to my blog ‘Una Mela al Giorno’
I asked you to help me out by finding English equivalents for five common Italian sayings or proverbs. Here below are those that I consider to be the closest in meaning:
|chi fa per sè fa per tre||‘who does for themselves does for three’
meaning: Sometimes it’s easier or better to do a job on your own.
English equivalents: 1. If you want a job doing properly, do it yourself 2. Too many cooks spoil the broth
|il diavolo fa le pentole ma non i coperchi||‘the devil makes the pans but not the lids’
meaning: the truth will come out in the end.
English equivalents: 1. Everything comes out in the wash 2.The truth will always out 3. If you make your bed, you have to lie in it
|tra il dire e il fare c’è di mezzo il mare||‘between the saying and the doing there is the sea in the middle’
meaning: it’s much easier to say something than it is to do it.
English equivalents: 1. Easier said than done 2. It’s easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk 3. Words are cheap
|il lupo perde il pelo ma non il vizio||‘the wolf looses its pelt but not its vice’ i.e.
meaning: the external appearance may change, but not what’s inside.
English equivalents: 1. Old wine in new bottles 2. A snake may lose its skin, but it’s still a snake inside 3. The leopard cannot change his spots
|la gallina che canta ha fatto l’uovo||‘the chicken that sings laid the egg’
meaning: the person who begins to make a fuss about something is probably the culprit.
English equivalent: She doth protest too much, methinks
Here are a few more detti (sayings) suggested by readers:
|campa cavallo che l’erba cresce||when pigs have wings|
|o mangi questa minestra o salti dalla finestra||beggars can’t be choosers|
|ogni morte di papa||once in a blue moon|
|come il diavolo e l’acqua santa||like oil and water|
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