Thursday, August 13, 2009

QUIZ: SICILIAN PROVERBS - 7

Match the proverbs 1 - 6 with their meanings a - f. Where there is a similar proverb in English, I have used that as the idiomatic translation:


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1. Megghiu giustizia di Diu e no giustizia di lu munnu.

2. Ariu russu: o acqua o ventu; si nun chiovi, fa bon tempu.

3. Vesta longa fa la donna.

4. Biddìzzi e ddinàri nun si puònu ammùcciari.

5. Tutti 'i strati spercinu â çiazza.

6. Cu' spini simina, zarbi arricogghi.


a. As you sow, so shall you reap.

b. A long dress makes the woman.

c. All roads lead to Rome.

d. Red sky brings water or wind; if it doesn't rain, it will be a fine day.

e. Beauty and wealth cannot be hidden.

f. God's justice is better than man's.

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1f,2d,3b,4e,5c,6a.

5 comments:

Leslie: said...

I did quite well on that...it helps to know other Romance languages.

James Higham said...

Saggezza nel di lingua italiana

Winchester whisperer said...

1f is the easy one. 2d. 3b. 5c (Rome = citta = ciazza?). 6a so 4 must be e (ddinari=denarii=money. never heard of the word biddizzi!)

Saretta said...

Ok, here goes...
1f, 2d, 3b, 4e, 5c, 6a
Did I get it right?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Leslie. Yes, it does. Well done. James, do you measn "La saggezza della lingua italiana"? I'd agree. Well done, WW. "Ciazza" is "piazza" - the Sicilian version has all roads passing through the piazza! All correct, Saretta. Brava!

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