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Cultural Idiom Quiz!

Think you may be able to take a swing at what common sayings, in other languages, mean in English? Take this quiz to test yourself!

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  1. 1. Portuguese - "Quem nao arrisca, nao petisca" translates to "He who doesn't take a chance won't nibble." Which of these is the best English equivalent?

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained
    Mind your own business
    When something seems too good to be true, usually it is.
    It's only a stone's throw away
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

    "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
  2. 2. Italian - "Non si puo cavar sangue dalla rapa" translates to "You cannot get blood out of a turnip" which most closely means what, in English?

    No pain no gain
    You can't milk a bull
    Nothing ventured nothing gained
    I have nipples, Greg. Can you milk me?
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "You can't milk a bull. It's all within your grasp."

    "You can't milk a bull. It's all within your grasp."
  3. 3. Turkish - "Ates olmayan yerden duman cikmaz" translates in to "No smoke will come out from a place where there is no fire" Which of these closely resembles the English equivalent?

    Money talks
    Haste makes waste
    Where there is smoke, there is a fire
    Our of site, out of mind
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Where there is smoke, there is a fire"

    "Where there is smoke, there is a fire"
  4. 4. Polish - "Do odwaznych swiat nalezy" translates in to "The world belongs to the brave ones". Which option closely resembles the English equivalent?

    Things don't work the first time
    Fine words butter no parsnips
    Too many cooks spoil the broth
    Fortune favors the bold
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Fortune Favors the Bold!"

    "Fortune Favors the Bold!"
  5. 5. Spanish - "Loro viejo no aprende a hablar" translates in to "Old parrot doesn't learn to speak". Which is the English equivalent?

    You can't teach an old dog new tricks
    Things don't work the first time
    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
    The early bird catches the worm
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Can't teach a dog new tricks"

    "Can't teach a dog new tricks"
  6. 6. German - "Man kann nicht auf zwei Hockzeiten tanzen" translated is "You cannot dance at two weddings at once". English equivalent?

    It's only a stone's throw away
    You can't have your cake and eat it, too
    Like father, like son
    Once burned, twice shy
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "You can't have your cake and eat it, too"

    "You can't have your cake and eat it, too"
  7. 7. Portuguese - "Aqui se faz, aqui se paga" translates in to "You did it here, you pay it here". English equivalent?

    As long as there is life, there is hope
    Out of sight, out of mind
    What goes around, comes around
    The fox is guarding the hen house
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "What goes around comes around"

    You do it here, your pay it here

    "What goes around comes around"
  8. 8. Italian - "Ad ogni uccello il suo nido e'bello" translates in to "Every bird thinks its nest is beautiful". English equivalent?

    There is no place like home
    Two wrongs don't make a right
    All are heroes when no danger is near
    To err is human
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "There is no place like home"

    "There is no place like home"
  9. 9. Spanish - "A quien madruga Dio lo ayuda" translates in to "God helps those who wake up early." English equivalent?

    You never know what you've got till it's gone
    To err is human
    A man is known by the company he keeps
    The early bird catches the worm
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "The early bird catches the worm"

    "The early bird catches the worm"

Cultural Idiom Quiz!

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