The world might not look small when we consider the geographical boundaries and political ownerships. However, there has been a peculiar similarity in terms of cultural and linguistic connections. The folk tales, proverbs and even cuisine and clothes have been mutually impacted by each other.
This 7-minute multilingual podcast will be of interest to those who would like to hear some Chinese and Japanese as well as the English of Asian students. Visiting a women's college in Western Japan, teaching an intensive course on Translation, there were two Chinese and two Japanese students. The project was to explain in their native language as well as in English.
Five interesting English proverbs were selected, and the question was if there was a similar way of thinking in their culture. Researchers usually focus on cultural differences, but the existence of similar proverbs arising independently in the East and the West would point to universally human wisdom.
The five proverbs are:
- Actions speak louder than words
- Advice when most needed is least heeded
- Look before you leap
- Penny wise, pound foolish
- Ignorance is bliss
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