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

From Kenya and Sweden to popular idioms in Ethiopia and Russia, Chapman shows us how different countries often interpret well-known proverbs (sleeping on a problem/judging a book by its cover/nothing last forever) while also introducing us to funny idioms 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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Hans
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4 years ago

So true...particularly if the other elephants remain silent despite seeing the injustice.

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Hans
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4 years ago

If you actually manage to fall asleep, this is a good idea. A pillow also does not ask nasty questions. :)

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Hans
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4 years ago

It is interesting, though, how cause and action are reversed here. People do not slip on a ground, it is the ground that makes them slip...

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Hans
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4 years ago

A well for yourself might be nice, though. If you are a frog, that is. :)

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Hans
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4 years ago

And the british say "weather for the ducks". Obviously, there is something positive to take from most situations.

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Jasmine Chen
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4 years ago

where can I buy Hunger Sauce? I need to get fat now!

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Hans
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4 years ago

There#s cat food left, everything will be all right.

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Hans
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4 years ago

Let's hope the pack will agree.

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Hans
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4 years ago

I am wondering if this is meant ironic as in "We know we cannot do anything anyway" or "I cannot be arsed". Anyone here to explain?

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Cheesybeansy
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4 years ago

taking and using this from now on, thanks!

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Hans
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4 years ago

Thank god I just had lunch.

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Hans
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4 years ago

Wow, this is quite piqturesque.

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Hans
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4 years ago

This also exists in other European coutnries. Unfortunately, clever digers might get away still...

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PandasAreMyFav
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4 years ago

Agreed.

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PandasAreMyFav
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4 years ago

The spider in the bottom left is my favorite! :b

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Cheesybeansy
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4 years ago

its all about perception im afraid. the older you get the more you realise you are missing the bigger picture, then the even bigger picture after that..

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JEFF THE KILLER
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4 years ago

my family is always like oh your supposed to be loud and I'm in my room listening to music....

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HɒnɒЯose
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4 years ago

Well I am afraid you need to fall eight times first, in order for you to stand up the eighth time

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Tess Riou
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4 years ago

Ou les cordonniers sont les plus mal chaussés

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Hans
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4 years ago

Now this is the electoral debate that I would like to have witnessed!

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Nicole Romero
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4 years ago

"Evil skirts" lol

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Tess Riou
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4 years ago

L'habit de fait pas le moine

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HɒnɒЯose
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4 years ago

That's if the devil ever gives any gift....

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Evil Smiley
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4 years ago

I remember a friend of mine who borrowed money from me because she has just moved in my city and doesn't have enough cash. She prioritized buying new clothes instead of keeping it for food. tsk tsk.

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Tess Riou
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4 years ago

Chat échaudé craint l'eau froide

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Cassie
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4 years ago

This one's universal.

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Evil Smiley
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4 years ago

Just like when you fart...

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Harvey Tydeman
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4 years ago

i kinda doubt that it can

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Cheesybeansy
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4 years ago

easier said than done!

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Pi...
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4 years ago

Brilliant!!

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PandasAreMyFav
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4 years ago

That reminds me of a sad story of a Octopus and Shark.... :(

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Hans
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4 years ago

Being a monkey might not be too bad after all. :)

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Evil Smiley
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4 years ago

Yeah that's BoredPanda for me.

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Hans
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4 years ago

Science has gone to far!

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Hans
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4 years ago

Moneygrubbing fiddler!

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Hans
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4 years ago

Hans says: "Sometimes the current will take you where you actually desire to be, if you just do not swim against it."

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Hans
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4 years ago

This is something for this Thanksgiving series..."Well darling, I think we need to talk. I do not want my daughter being the hen to be wed with a fox, if you understand what I mean."

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Hans
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4 years ago

It is interesting how proverbs blend with local natural circumstances.

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kat lia
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4 years ago

Poor cat.

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Evil Smiley
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4 years ago

Unfortunately, not all parents are like that :(

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Hans
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4 years ago

Don't mess with the worms!

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Tess Riou
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4 years ago

Pierre qui roule n'amasse pas mousse ressemble un peu

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Hans
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4 years ago

Time to shave!

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PandasAreMyFav
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4 years ago

What ‘if’, Paris could be put in a bottle?

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Hans
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4 years ago

"Do not use canons on sparrows" is the European version. :)

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Cheesybeansy
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4 years ago

so many of these sayings have similar ones in English.its fascinating to see what connects us even if we couldn't be more different.

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Hans
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4 years ago

Another one to exist in several languges. I am wondering how such proverbs have spread, or if they have been "invented" independently.

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Lorraine
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4 years ago

We've all been there. Hunger gets the best of us! lol

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PandasAreMyFav
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4 years ago

"Well in my opinion....”

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PandasAreMyFav
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4 years ago

“Why can’t we be friends."

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Fandoms Rise
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4 years ago

Yeah, don't bother helping them, just help yourself. Great life lesson.

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Tess Riou
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4 years ago

Petit poisson deviendra grand

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Dawn Frank
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4 years ago

Read the newspaper on the table

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rai mei
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4 years ago

this applies to Jerry

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Cheesybeansy
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4 years ago

My Korean friend explained it like this to me; of a Koi carp trying to swim up a waterfall, and if he reached the top he would become a dragon. its about facing great adversity and if you were to beat it you would become more powerful than you imagined.

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Hans
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4 years ago

Even though I think a cat will appreciate food, food, and a belly rub more. In that order.

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Hans
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4 years ago

I guess rabbits particularly have the ambition of procreating...

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Hans
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4 years ago

This could be the next Michael Bay film.

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Доброцвета Илиева
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4 years ago

Proverbs could be really funny! The one I know in my language with the same meaning is: "Scabby donkeys smell each other"

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Dawn Frank
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4 years ago

When you think about it, if a time machine was built you could only go back to the time when it was created and no further in the past

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Dawn Frank
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4 years ago

The picture looks like their getting married!! I wanna go down a slip n' slide when I get married!!

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Hans
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4 years ago

I preferrably try that with treats.

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Alper
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4 years ago

Same in Turkish

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Little Menace
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4 years ago

I disagree with the meaning. I think it means that despite being small, it is a valid living thing just like everyone else.

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Lindsay Ropiak
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4 years ago

Don't throw rocks in glass houses?

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Pi...
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4 years ago

"Balancing on the blade of a sword"

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