豚に真珠| buta ni shinjyu | ‘ Don’t throw pearls to swine ‘

05/12/2010 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

豚(ブタ)に真珠(しんじゅ) means ‘ don’t offer things to people who are incapable of appreciating them ‘

・勉強もしないあの子にそんなりっぱなじしょを買ってあげても「豚に真珠」よ。

= benkyou mo shinai ano ko ni sonna rippana jisho o katteagetemo 「buta ni shinjyu」 yo.

= It is like ‘ Don’t throw pearls to swine ‘ to buy him/her such a fine dictionary.

We have a similar idiomatic expression that is called 「猫に小判」 ( = neko ni koban = Give money to a cat )

猫 means ‘ cats ‘ and 小判 means an oval gold coin used during the Edo period.

・宝石に興味のない人にダイヤモンドをあげても「猫に小判」だ。

= houseki ni kyoumi no nai hito ni daiyamondo o agetemo 「neko ni koban」 da

= For someone who has no interest in precious stones, even giving her a diamond would be ‘ Dont’ throw pearls to swine ‘.

マキ先生にシャネルのバッグは「豚に真珠」だなんて言わないでね :P

= Maki sensei ni shaneru no baggu wa 「buta ni shinjyu」da nante iwanaide ne.

= Please don’t say giving a Chanel bag to Maki sensei is like ‘ Don’t throw pearls to swine ‘

– Maki

tutorjapanese2000@yahoo.co.jp

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マブダチ| mabu dachi | good friends 猫の手| neko no te | cat’s paw

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