sábado, 18 de junio de 2011

Some proverbs related to Rome.

After having so much fun during our trip, now it's time to learn something.

All roads lead to Rome. Todos los caminos conducen a Roma

Prov. There are many different routes to the same goal. Mary was criticizing the way that Jane was planting the flowers. John said, "Never mind, Mary, all roads lead to Rome." Some people learn by doing. Others have to be taught. In the long run, all roads lead to Rome.

fiddle while Rome burns. Quedarse sin hacer nada mientras que algo desatroso está ocurriendo
Fig. to do nothing or something trivial while knowing that something disastrous is happening. (From a legend that the Roman emperor Nero played the lyre while Rome was burning.) The lobbyists don't seem to be doing anything to stop this tax bill. They're fiddling while Rome burns.

Rome was not built in a day. Roma no se construyó en un día.
Prov. It takes a lot of time to achieve something important. Professor: When will you finish your research project? Student: It'll take me a while. Rome wasn't built in a day, you know.

When in Rome(, do as the Romans do). En donde fueres, haz lo que vieres.
Prov. Behave however the people around you behave. Adapt yourself to the customs of the places you visit. Jill: Everyone in my new office dresses so casually. Should I dress that way, too? Jane: By all means. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

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