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    Ask for an English saying

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    Could you tell me how to say it (Distance makes beauty.)in Enlgish?

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    Re: Ask for an English saying

    Could you give us more information? The only thing I can think of is Distance makes the heart grow fonder and Age before beauty.


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    Re: Ask for an English saying

    I think I know what you mean Amy-Dalian-ChinaAmy-Dalian-China but I donít think we have an exact meaning. We do use a similar one though: ďAbsence makes the heart grow fonder.Ē As I said we donít have a similar form of expression for distance.


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    Re: Ask for an English saying

    To the best of my Chinese knowledge, Amy tried to find an expression in English that indicates:

    When we look at things, scenes, or even people at a distance, they appear more beautiful than they really are.

    There seems to be a similar counterpart in English, and it's almost on the tip of my tongue, but I just couldn't utter it out.

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    Re: Ask for an English saying

    Would rose coloured glasses work?
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    #6

    Re: Ask for an English saying

    All that glitters is not gold?


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    Re: Ask for an English saying

    Hi, friends,

    Rose coloured glasses and all that glitters is not gold are all vivid and adorable expressions.


    Yet, in our culture, we have a saying describing a mid-aged lady, and the following is my translation literally from the Chinese counterpart:

    The lady who looks like a flower in bud in the distance is nothing but a withering flower at close sight.


    My conjesture is that Amy's intention is specifically about a lady though it could refer to things, scenes, and any kinds of people.
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    #8

    Re: Ask for an English saying

    Perhaps;

    Beautiful from afar but far from beautiful.

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