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Last of the Buddy Bear photos

These will be the last of my favorite Buddy Bears and in a few cases I’m not sure what country they represent.  A couple of Buddy Bears I don’t like, such as the one for Mongolia. (sorry Mongolia) What is THAT about?  It looked like the artist did a cover-up job from what was originally intended, or someone else painted over what the artist from Mongolia had designed. (I won’t show it) In any case, there are some great artists that I want to focus your attention on. Better yet, come up to Astana and see them for yourself!!!  Tomorrow’s blog will feature some Russian poetry that a former student from Almaty clued me in on.  Fortunately, it has the English translation and the theme is “gulag life.” Quite a contrast from these bright, upbeat bears!

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Proverbs from Around the World

When I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in northern Virginia for three years, I had students from all over the globe.  However, during that time from 1995-1998, I do not recall having any students from Kazakhstan.  Perhaps Kazakhs were still dealing with many issues back in their home country after being under communism for 70 years.  I wonder how many of the samples of proverbs I got from my ESL students from around the world during that time, would fit with Kazakh proverbs.  The world would be a richer place if only we knew even 10 per cent of Kazakh proverbs.  Try to figure out the meanings of the following proverbs:

Vietnam – “Near the ink, you will be black, near the lamp, you will be bright.”

 

Thailand – “Love your cow, have to tie it; love your children, have to discipline.”

 

Eritrea – “The person who tries to get butter from water and the person who needs good things from his enemy is the same.”

 

Argentina – “The devil knows more from being old than from being devil.”

 

Taiwan – “When God wants a man to be a great one, He will exhaust his mind, exercise his body and take all the things he has.”

 

Peru – “Each person dances with his own handkerchief.”

 

Brazil – “When you pass away, your body will lie in a coffin and your tongue in a wagon.”

 

Korea – “Three inches of tongue can kill the righteous man.”

 

Ethiopia – “A tongue doesn’t have teeth, but it can break another’s bones.”

 

Iran – “An egg thief will be a camel thief.”

 

China – “Clumsy birds have to start flying early.”

 

United Arab Emirates – “Whoever wants honey should keep up with the bee’s sting.”

 

Guatemala – “Eyes that don’t see make a senseless heart.”

 

Japan – “Monkeys fall from the tree too.”

 

Vietnam – “If the mandarin (orange) skin is thick, there will be a sharpened nail to pierce it.”

 

El Salvador – “Fish and visitor smell in three days.”

 

El Salvador – “The habit don’t make the monk.”

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