Thursday, January 28, 2010

QUIZ: SICILIAN PROVERBS - 14

We haven't had a proverbs quiz for a while so here's a mixed bag for you tonight. Match the proverbs 1 - 6 with their meanings a - f and then you can check your answers at the end of the post.


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1. Amuri, tussi e fumu nun si ponnu tèneri cilati.

2. Tinta dda casa unni canta la gaddina.

3. Figghia di gatta, si nun mùzzica, gratta.

4. Anni e piccati su' cchiù di quantu si dicinu.

5. La saluti veni di l'alligrizza di lu cori.

6. Cui perde l'onuri, perdi assai, ma cui perdi la fidi, perdi tuttu.


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a. He who loses his honour loses enough but he who loses his faith loses everything.

b. A man's years and sins are always more than he tells you.

c. Love, coughs and smoke cannot be kept hidden.

d. Health is the result of a happy heart.

e. Dark is the house where the hen sings [ie., instead of the rooster].

f. If a cat's daughter doesn't bite, she scratches [ie., the daughter of a bad woman is not to be trusted].


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Highlight the space below to check your answers:
1c, 2e, 3f, 4b, 5d, 6a.

3 comments:

Winchester whisperer said...

1c, 3f, 4b, 2e, 5d & 6a. Not sure about the singing hen - does it mean that men should rule the roost?

jams o donnell said...

Got them but without the translations I would ahve been sunk!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, WW. I think that's the implication, yes. Well done, jams!

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