Sunday, 14 April 2013

Colombian proverb

Colombian proverb:  El pez muere por la cabeza.

English translation:  The fish dies from the head.

What do you think this proverb means?

(a)  This proverb is a warning about over-confidence.  It's similar to the English proverb 'Pride comes before a fall.'
(b)  This proverb is a warning about being impulsive.  Don't be too quick to grab an opportunity you are offered.  Instead, be cautious; find out more details before you act.  

(c)  This proverb is a warning about talking too much.  Sometimes it's better to stay quiet and keep what we know to ourselves.  

The correct answer is (c).  This proverb is a warning that opening your mouth may get you in trouble.  Another proverb with a similar meaning from the Spanish-speaking world is:  In a closed mouth, no flies enter.  

Thanks to my student Sonia for sharing this proverb.

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