5 Thai Proverbs and Sayings

These are a few Thai proverbs along with the approximate English pronunciation. A literal translation of the proverb is also given with the English equivalent or meaning. Many of the ideas expressed in these sayings is also found in English and reveals some of the similarities between cultures around the world.

Escape from the tiger and into the crocodile.

Pronunciation– nee seua bpa jo-ra-kay

Meaning – Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

To play the violin for the water buffalo to listen to.

Pronunciation– see sor hai kwai fang

Meaning – Cast pearls before swine.

Don’t worry yourself about the fever before it arrives.

Pronunciation– yah dtee dton bpai gorn kai

Meaning– Cross the bridge when you come to it.

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.

Pronunciation– mair-o mai yoo noo ra-rerng

Meaning – When the cat’s away, the mice will play.

Catching somebody with the hide and the horns.

Pronunciation– jap dai kah nang kah kao

Meaning – Catching somebody red-handed.

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