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Posted by on May 3, 2009

Ddeok is always greener on the other side

In keeping with my new banner and title, I give you a series of Korean proverbs from Wikiquote.

My new title comes from this proverb:
남의 떡이 더 커 보인다. – Someone else’s rice cake always looks bigger.
which seems to correspond to the English proverb of the grass being always greener on the other side. Rice cake=떡=Ddeok, hence the Ddeok is always greener. As always, I am bringing the world closer together.

소 잃고 외양간 고친다. – After losing a cow, one repairs the barn.

빈 수레가 요란하다. – An empty cart rattles loudly.

하늘의 별 따기. – Catching a star in the sky. – an impossible deed.

아는 길도 물어가라. – Even if you know the way, ask one more time.

티끌모아 태산. – One can build a mountain by collecting specks of dust.

시작이 반이다. – Starting is half the task.

등잔 밑이 어둡다. – Underneath the lampbase is dark.

* 호랑이도 제 말하면 온다. – If you speak of the tiger, it will come

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