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100 Indonesian Proverbs with English Equivalent

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Ancient wisdoms, including proverbs, help shaping a country’s modern-day culture. In Indonesia, proverbs and sayings are still reflected in country’s culture and philosophies. Learning Indonesian proverbs helps you understand the local culture and wisdom. However, the problem with proverbs is it is not always easy to translate proverbs and saying in literal way because it might alter the meaning. So, in this article we are going to talk about Indonesian proverbs with English equivalent.

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Indonesian proverbsEnglish Equivalent
Air tenang menghanyutkanStill water runs deep
Air beriak tanda tak dalamBarking dogs never bite
Ada asap ada apiEvery why has its wherefore
Air tenang jangan disangka tak ada buayaLook before you leap, because snakes among sweet flowers do creeps
Air susu dibalas dengan air tubaBite the hands that feed you
Air tenang menghanyutkanThe mills of God grinds slowly but sure
Ada ubi ada talas, ada budi ada balasAn eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
Ada musuh dibalik selimutThere is s snake under the grass
Ada udang dibaik batuTo have an axe to grind
Banyak jalan menuju romaThere is more than one way to skin a cat
Berakit-rakit ke hulu berenang-renang ketepian. Bersakit-sakit dahulu bersenang-senang kemudianNo pain no gain
Berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjingBirds of feather flock together
Buah jatuh tidak jauh dari pohonnyaLike father like son
Bagai telur diujung tandukDancing with elephants
Bersatu kita teguh, bercerai kita runtuhUnited we stand, divided we fall
Besar pasak dari pada tiangDo not bite off more than you can chew
Buruk rupa cermin dibelahA bad workman blames his tools
Bermain api basah, bermain api hangusSow wind reap a whirlwind
Dikasih hati minta jantungGive him an inch and he will take a yard
Dimana ada kemauan, disitu ada jalanWhere there is a will, there is a way
Dimana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjungWhen in Rome, do as the Romans
Habis manis sepah dibuangHe is a fair weather friend
Gali lobang tutup lobangRobbing Peter to pay Paul
Hemat pangkal kayaA penny saved is a penny gained
Jadilah kumbang, hidup sekali di taman bunga. Jangan jadi lalat , hidup sekali di bukit sampah.Life is what you make of it
Lebih baik satu burung ditangan dari pada sepuluh burung di pohon.A bird in hand is worth two in the bush
Karena nila setitik, rusak susu sebelangaThe rotten apple spoils the whole barrel
Nasi sudah menjadi buburDo not cry over spilled milk
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Indonesian Proverbs with English Equivalent

Kejarlah cita-citamu setinggi langitHitch your wagon to a star
Mengharap burung terbang tinggi, punai ditangan dilepaskanBetter an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
Kesempatan tidak datang dua kaliOpportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door.
Pikir dahulu pendapatan, sesal kemudian tiada gunaLook before you leap
Siapa cepat dia dapatThe early birds catches the worm
Teman saat duka adalah teman sejatiA friend in need is a friend indeed
Tak kenal maka tak sayangOut of sight, out of mind
Tua muda sengsara bersamaWhen you lie on roses while young, you will lie on thorns when you are old
Sambil menyelam minum airKilling two birds with one stone
Seperti duri dalam dagingLike a thorn in one’s flesh
Sekali mednayung, dua tiga pulau terlampauiKilling two birds with one stone
Rajin pangkal pandaiPersevere and never fear
Sepandai-pandai tupai melompat akhirnya jatuh jugaA good marksman may miss, the pitcher goes so often to the well that it is broken at last
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Rumput tetangga selalu lebih hijauThe grass is always greener on the other side
Setiap perbuatan akan kembali ke diri sendiriWhat goes around comes around
Tangan diatas lebih baik daripada tangan di bawahIt is better to give than to receive
Tong kosong nyaring bunyinyaIt is not the hen that cackles the most that lay the most eggs
Tak ada rotan akar pun jadiA half loaf is better than none
Tak ada asap tanpa apiLeaves do not wave if there is no wind
Sudah jatuh tertimpa tangga pulaMisery loves company
Bagai menelan empeduTo eat a crow
Lembar batu sembunyi tanganPass the buck
Bagai air dengan minyakLike cat and dog
Jangan menilai seseorang dari penampilannyaDo not judge a book by its cover
Tak ada gading yang tak retakNo rose without thorn

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Those are the popular Indonesian proverbs with English equivalent which mostly used in everyday life. Believe it or not, most people still live up to some of the proverbs in life. There should be no difficulty in learning Indonesian proverbs as there are English equivalent.

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