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    What are your favorite proverbs and expressions of wisdom?

    If English is not your first language, then tell us a proverb in your own language. Translate it to English. We'll tell you if your translation is grammatically correct.

    Please list one proverb at a time. If you want to, tell us why you like this proverb and why it is a favorite of yours.


    <Edited because: I left out a word.

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    VERY GOOD IDEA.
    I WILL TRY TO TRANSLATE SOME PROVERB OF URDU .
    good night.

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    Default Re: A Word to the Wise

    Quote Originally Posted by TALKtown
    What are your favorite proverbs and expressions of wisdom?

    If English is not your first language, then tell us a proverb in your own language. Translate it to English. We'll tell you if your translation is grammatically correct.

    Please list one proverb at a time. If you want to, tell us why you like this proverb and why it is a favorite of yours.

    "No good deed goes unpunished." +|

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    Twixt stirrup and ground, mercy he sought and mercy he found.

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    What are your favorite proverbs and expressions of wisdom?

    One thing is confusing here... :?
    what is the difference b/w Proverb and Idioms.
    Actually in urdu we have 3 different types of words/phrases named "Zarbul misal", "Mahawaray" and "Kahawatay".

    If i am not wrong,

    "A friend in need is a friend indeed" is a expression of wisdom
    "To blow onc's own trumpet" is a Idiom

    Expression of Wisdom= "Kahawatay"
    Proverb=Mahawaray or may be Zarbul misal...
    Little confuse about it.

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    He who haS taught me a single word made me his slave..

    I translated it in English. :)

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    Around the rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran. (An object lesson in the dangers of obsessive behaviour)

    The quick brown fox jumped over the.....thingie. ( But, WHY?)

    Now is the time, the walrus said, etc etc etc. (An excellent DMC starter)

    To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock
    In a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
    Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock
    From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big, black block. (Wakes up the mouth and avoids thibilanth problemth)

    Aye..., two, Brutus. (Excellent for ordering beers in a crowded bar)

    Able was I ere I saw Elba. (Dunno, except it seems to indicate a penile erection problem)

    Never under-estimate the intelligence of Fred and Freda Fewclothes. (A timely warning for those addressing the Fewclothes family)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudToBeMuslim
    He who have taught me a single word made me his slave..

    I translated it in English. :)

    I would write it in English this way: It was he who taught me a word that made me his slave.

    or-

    He that teaches me a word makes me his slave.


    :) 8)

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    You could say
    (He) Who has taught me a word has made me his slave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    You could say
    (He) Who has taught me a word has made me his slave.
    That's definitely better. How about putting it in the present?

    He who teaches me a word makes me his slave.

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