Not much time to write these days, but I’ve had some time to learn some Korean proverbs and sayings.
I’ve found them on the 90 Day Korean website.
- 제 눈에 안경이다 (glasses in my eyes): beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- 꿩먹고 알먹는다 (if you eat a pheasant, you also eat the egg): kill two birds with one stone
- 로마는 하루침에 이루어전 것이다 (Rome wasn’t made in one morning): Rome wasn’t build in a day
- 보기 좋은 떡이먹기도 좋다 (good looking ddeok tastes good): What looks good tastes good
- 과부 설움 은홀아비가 안다 (a widower knows a widow’s sorrow): Misery loves company
- 낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다 (birds hear the words spoken in the day, and mice hear the words spoken at night): the walls have ears
- 눈에서 멀어지면 마음에서도 멀어진다 (if it becomes distant from your eyes, it also becomes distant from your heart): out of sight, out of mind
- 말을 냇가에 끌고 갈수는 있어도 억지로 물을 먹일 수는 없다 (you can lead a horse and go to a stream but you can’t make it drink water through its own will): you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make hime drink
- 백지장도 맞들면 낫다 (if you lift together, it’s better – even if it’s a sheet of paper): two heads are better than one
- 공하면 통한다 (if you are hard up for something, it will open up): there is always a way out.
Do you know of any others?