Vietnamese words and phrases: 10 proverbs most commonly used in everyday Vietnamese conversation

1. Đừng đùa với lửa

You must be careful to use fire wisely and under control so that it will not hurt you.

2. Đứng núi này trông núi nọ

People always think they would be happier in a different set of circumstances. (Usuallyimplies that the other circumstances really are not any better.)

3. One good turn deserves another

If someone does you a favor, you should do a favor for that person in return.

4. Sai một ly đi một dặm

Failing or losing by a small margin is just as bad as failing or losing by a large margin.

5. Thùng rỗng kêu to

Foolish people make the most noise.

6. Tốt gỗ hơn tốt nước sơn

It is more important to treat people well than to be good-looking. Just because you are good-looking does not mean you are a good person.

7. Không có lửa sao có khói

Something that you say which means that if people are saying that someone has done something bad but no one knows whether it is true, it probably is true.

8. Trong cái rủi có cái may

9. Nghèo rớt mồng tơi

Having insufficient wealth to meet the necessities or comforts of life or to live in a manner considered acceptable in a society.

10. Im lặng là vàng

Silence is often good or desirable.


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