Friday, August 25, 2006

Did you know that? А знаете ли вы...?

Our eyes are always the same size from birth.
Наши глаза с рождения одного размера.

A house fly lives only 14 days.
Домашняя муха живет всего 14 дней.

Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).
Знаете ли вы имена всех трех мудрых обезьян? Мизару(не вижу зла), Миказару (не слышу зла) и Мазару (не говорю зла).

Hot watter freezes faster than cold water! (Find out why here)
Горячая вода замерзает быстрее, чем холодная.


Muskie said...

They must be Japanese.

The first one is definitely 見. Actually the monkees are defined in my dictionary:

(n) hear-not monkey
聞か猿 [きかざる]

That is the character for listen, there are often multiple pronounciations for characters in Japanese though my dictionary says this is kikazaru.

Here are the others:

(n) say-not monkey
言わ猿 [いわざる]

(n) see-not monkey, one of the three wise monkeys who see and hear and speak no evil
見猿 [みざる]

The Japanese have a word for everything, even if they have to steal it from a foreign language and use Katakana.

Muskie said...

The say not monkey would be pronounced iwazaru. Of course there are dialects in Japanese, the most famous of which is Osaka-ban.

Official Japanese is the Tokyo dialect, I wonder if before the Tokugawa shogunate, they probably just used the dialects more...

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