Friday, March 30, 2012

QUIZ: SICILIAN PROVERBS - 19 [APRIL]

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Some proverbs for this time of year for you tonight.  See if you can match the proverbs 1 - 6 with their meanings a - f.  You will find the answers at the end of the post.

1.  Acqua d'aprile lu porcu ocidi, lu voi 'ngrassa e la pècura ridi.

2.  Aprile chiuvusu, maja vinturusu:  annu fruttuusu.

3.  Aprile, come mi vidi; maju, come staju; giugnu, come sugnu; giugnettu, tuttu jettu.

4.  Aprili, favi chini: s'un su' ccà, su' a li marini.

5.  Àrvulu chi d'aprili nun fa ciuri, mancu nni fa 'ntra l'àutri staciuni.

6.  Çiurietti e prirricaturi duoppu Pasqua nun anu sapuri.


a.  A tree which doesn't flower in April will not do so in any other season.

b.  The April rains kill pigs, fatten oxen and make the sheep laugh [meaning that wet grass is not good for pigs].

c.  In April the broad bean pods are full, if not here, by the sea [meaning that broad bean plants growing near the sea are ready earlier].

d.  In April, as you see me:  in May, as I am: in June, as I am, too:  and in July, everything off [ similar to the English proverb "Don't cast a clout till May is out", meaning that you shouldn't discard your winter clothing too soon].

e.  Broccoli and priests have no taste after Easter [meaning there is a time for everything].

f.  A rainy April means a windy May and a good harvest.


Highlight the space below to see the answers:
1b 2f 3d 4c 5a 6e

2 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Always interesting to learn the proverbs of a country, we used to discuss the differences between English and Italian ones with our Italian language teacher.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I agree, LindyLouMac. They can teach us a lot about a country and its culture.

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