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    Default Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    Do you have an idiom to the following (Vietnamese sayings)?

    1. People live and take "shape" of the environment in which they live: "Live in a globe and you are round; Live in a pipe and you are long".

    2. Any kingdom has a ruler and you must respect him/her: "The land has its land-king, the river has its river-god".

    3. Everyone has his/her own opinion, everyone is right: "What the nun says is correct, what the priest says is right".

    Thanks a lot!

    [I also posted this one is "Ask a Teacher" by mistake. Sorry!]

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    Default Re: Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    1 Owners look like their dogs
    2 Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's

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    Default Re: Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    Hi all, I have done some research, and here is the results:

    1. Jack is as good as his master

    2. Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things which are God's.

    3. Different strokes for different folks.

    Feel free to comment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 Owners look like their dogs
    2 Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's

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    Default Re: Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    (1) I like your versions better!...typical English might be: "one grows in one's own space", "one grows in one's environment", "the face fits the space".

    (2) When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

    (3) "Each to their own" or "Everyone must do their own thing".
    Last edited by pedant; 03-Jun-2007 at 00:48.

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    Default Re: Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy. Reference to people coming to the city from the country and showing their country ways.

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    Default Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    Hello,

    What is English saying for - a horse knows its old way.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozlass View Post
    Do you have an idiom to the following (Vietnamese sayings)?

    1. People live and take "shape" of the environment in which they live: "Live in a globe and you are round; Live in a pipe and you are long".

    2. Any kingdom has a ruler and you must respect him/her: "The land has its land-king, the river has its river-god".

    3. Everyone has his/her own opinion, everyone is right: "What the nun says is correct, what the priest says is right".

    Thanks a lot!

    [I also posted this one is "Ask a Teacher" by mistake. Sorry!]
    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. (This means to adapt to your social environment).

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    Default Re: Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    2. I think "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" is very diffrent from number 2 discribed by Ozlass. That no. 2 can be said that way "Every forest have its own tiger"
    3. Sorry my impoliteness but I think it may be:
    "Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one". Is it a popular idiom?

    If I make any mistakes, please let me know.

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    Default Re: Vietnamese sayings - What is it in English?

    Your suggestion for No. 3 is vulgar and offensive to Americans.

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