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Month: March 2016

Raw Animal Phraseology

If something isn’t good to begin with, there’s not much one can do to improve it.

Literal translations – Dutch: A monkey may wear a gold ring, but it stays an ugly thing. | Spanish: The money may dress in silk, but it stays a monkey. | German: One can’t cut a diamond out of a pebble. | Irish: Dress a goat in silk, but it still remains a goat. | Romanian: One can’t make a whip out of shit. | Russian: One can’t make candy out of shit. | Finnish: Many cakes may look beautiful on the outside, but be shitty in the inside. | French: One cannot make a race-horse from a donkey. | Turkish: You may put a golden packsaddle on a donkey, but the donkey is always a donkey.

Expat Gone Foreign, tXc, animal phraseology, idioms

The Nationality Irrationality

No one chooses their birthplace, yet it determines the opportunities that are presented to us throughout our lifetime. We all strive for a better life, but some encounter many more obstacles than others on the grounds of nationality and appearance. Remember that we are all foreigners somewhere.

Expat Gone Foreign, tXc, nationality discrimination, xenophobia, borders