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Hello everyone,

Today I would like to continue with some more Thai Proverbs. It is difficult to translate these Proverbs exactly. Please let me know if there is a better English proverb that explains the Thai Proverb more accurately.

  1. ย้อมแมวขาย (yórm maew kăay) = To change the colour of the cat (dye) and then sell it. (You cannot make a Silk (velvet) purse out of a sow’s ear.)
  2. รักวัวให้ผูก รักลูกให้ตี (rák wua hâi pùuk rák lûuk hâi dtii) = If you love a cow, tie it up; if you love your child, beat him. (Spare the rod, spoil the child.)
  3. หมาหวงก้าง (maa hŭang gâang) = A dog jealously guarding a fishbone. (Like a Dog in the manger.)
  4. สีซอให้ควายฟัง (sĭi sor hâi kwaay fang) = To play the fiddle to a water buffalo. (To cast Pearls before swine.)
  5. วัวหายล้อมคอก (wua hăay lórm kôrk) = To build the cattle-pen after the cow is lost. (It is too late to Shut the stable-door when the steed is stolen.)

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By Prae
Thai Language Teacher