Regular readers of Bored Panda will no doubt be familar with James Chapman, a designer based in Manchester, England who creates quirky illustrations based on the concept of language. Previously he showed us how kissing, snoring, and animals sound in different languages, and now he's brought us a collection of illustrated literal translations of funny and often peculiar sayings from around the world.


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From Kenya and Sweden to Ethiopia and Russia, Chapman shows us how different countries interpret often well-known proverbs (sleeping on a problem/judging a book by its cover/nothing last forever) while also introducing us to sayings that we might have never heard before. Like his work? Then head on over to Etsy where you can find a whole bunch of merchandise for sale.

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Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng 10 months ago

In my country it is when buffalos fight, fies die.

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Cheesybeansy 10 months ago

this makes sense and has helped me in quite a few situations

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Pi... 10 months ago

The meaning probably needs to be altered: that misfortune befalls all, whether it be prince or pauper.

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Chua Jing 10 months ago

This is actually a Chinese proverb. 井底之蛙。

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Idil Sönmez 10 months ago

As a Turkish woman, I had to google the line to see the Turkish version cause I've never heard of it before.

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Pi... 10 months ago

I agree!

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Cheesybeansy 10 months ago

gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette amirite?

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SK 10 months ago

proverb originally is more about adjusting to the society around you, doesn't mean only dangerous situations.

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Daria B 10 months ago

Wow! An American comics character became part of an Asian proverb!? How so? Does it mean Batmam is THAT old and THAT iconic? I mean, Superman and Wonder Woman have entered the language through idioms, but this is the first time I see a superhero in a proverb. Proverbs are considered as old words of wisdom. Interesting. This makes me curious. ♥

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Saurin Apriliawan 10 months ago

We also have a similar one in Indonesia. "Empty barrels make the loudest noise"

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