Animal Italian Words – Learn Italian Words about Animals with 11 Proverbs

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Learn Animal Italian Words with Italian Proverbs

In bocca chiusa non entrano mosche
Flies do not enter a closed  mouth

Chi va coi lupi impara a ululare. 
He who walks with wolves is taught to howl.

Quando il gatto non c’è, i topi ballano.
When the cat‘s away, the mice will play.

Can che abbaia non morde.
A barking dog doesn’t bite.

English equivalent: Barking dogs seldom bite. / All bark, no bite.
Meaning: “Threatening does not always lead to action: Harsh words may disguise a different feeling, intention, or ability.”

A caval donato non si guarda in bocca.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
Meaning: Don’t be ungrateful when you receive a gift

Una rondine non fa primavera
One swallow doesn’t make a summer

In Italian, they use the word “primavera” (spring) instead of “estate” (summer). This is probably due to the fact that Italy is a southern European country and the climate improves earlier than in England.

Ad ogni uccello il suo nido è bello.
For every bird, his nest is beautiful.
English equivalent: An Englishman’s home is his castle

Meglio un asino vivo che un dottore morto.
Better a live donkey than a dead doctor
English equivalent: A live dog is better than a dead lion.

Meglio un uovo oggi che una gallina domani.
Translation: It’s better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
English equivalent: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Di notte tutti i gatti sono grigi.
At night all cats are grey.

Quando il toro vede rosso crede di poter passare.
Translation: When the bull sees red it thinks it can go.
Meaning: An impulsive people forget the rules.

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