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Kata-kata yang ada dalam kalimat peribahasa (proverb) mengandung arti tertentu. Jika kita telaah susunan kalimatnya terkadang aneh, tapi itulah uniknya berbahasa. Untuk mengucapkan suatu maksud saja bisa melalui untaian kata yang indah. Kita akan cepat memahami suatu maksud dari suatu peribahasa adalah dengan memahami seutuhnya susunan kata-kata yang ada pada kalimat peribahasa.

Bagi para pengajar bahasa Inggris, terkadang kita disulitkan untuk menterjemahkan peribahasa Indonesia ke dalam bahasa Inggris. Tapi tidak usah khawatir, berikut adalah 20 Peribahasa Populer Dalam Bahasa Indonesia dan Bahasa Inggris.

1. Rumput tetangga selalu lebih hijau.
    The neighbour's grass/lawn is always greener.
    Meaning: We are never satisfied with our positions.

2. Gugur satu tumbuh seribu.
    One fallen, thousands blossoming.
    Meaning: Suggesting optimistic nature on facing strunggle.

3. Duduk samarendah, berdiri sama tinggi.
    Sitting the same low, standing the same height.
    Meaning: Equality, emancipation

4. Sambil menyelam minum air.
    Drink water while diving.
    Meaning: Do two things at one go.

5. Sedia payung sebelum hujan.
    Have an umbrella ready before the rain.
    Meaning: Always be prepared.

6. Nasi sudah menjadi bubur.
    The rice has become porridge.
    Meaning: Describe, usually with regret, something that has already happened 
                    and is irreversible.

7. Dimana ada kemauan, disitu ada jalan.
    Where there is a will, there is a way. 
     Meaning: There are a lot ways to get success.

8. Patah tumbuh hilang berganti.
    Whatever broken will grow back, whatever lost will be replaced.
     Meaning: There will be replacement for everything.

9. Dimana bumi dipijak, disitu langit dijunjung.
    Wherever ground is stood on, the sky is hold high.
    Meaning: Wherever we live, we must observe the local custom.

10. Gajah di pelupuk mata tak tampak, semut di seberang lautan tampak.
      An elephant on the eyelid can't be seen, but an ant on the other side of 
      the see can.
      Meaning: An egoistic person can't realize his/her mistakes, but can always find
                      mistakes of others.

11. Sekali merengkuh dayung, dua tiga pulau terlampaui.
      One stroke at the paddle, two and three islands have passed.
      Meaning: Do multiple tasks at one go.

12. Gajah mati meninggalkan gadingnya, macan mati meninggalkan belangnya,
      manusia mati meninggalkan namanya.
      An elephant dies leaves its tusk, a tiger dies leaves its stripes, 
      a person dies leaves his/her name.
      Meaning: Someone will be remembered by his/her accolades.

13. Gajah bertarung lawan gajah, pelanduk mati di tengah-tengah.
      Elephants wage war against elephants, deers die in the midst.
      Meaning: When prominent persons fights, commoners would suffer.

14. Guru kencing berdiri, murid kencing berlari.
      The teacher urinates while standing, the pupil urinates while running.
      Meaning: A junior will always do what the senior does.

15. Hati gajah sama dilapah, hati tungau sama dicecah.
     An elephant is still an elephant when flayed; a flea is still a flea if you broke at it.
     Meaning: You get what you get, if you get a lot of something, then you have a lot,
                      if you get a small amount of something, you only have a small amount

16. Setajam-tajam pisau, masih lebih tajam lidah.
      No matter how sharp a knife is, a tongue is even sharper.
      Meaning: Be careful of what you say as it can hurt more (feelings) than a knife.

17. Tak ada gading yang tak retak.
      There is no ivory that is not cracked.
      Meaning: Nothing is perfect in this world.

18. Tak ada rotan, akar pun jadi.
      No rattans, root will do.
      Meaning: If you are desperate, you must not be choosy.

19. Tong kosong nyaring bunyinya.
      An empty drum gives loud sound.
      Meaning: A person who talk a lot usually is empty inside (of knowledge).

20. Surga di telapak kaki ibu.
      Heaven is on the bottom of mother's foot.
      Meaning: A person who loves/cares about their mother is doing the best deed.
      This is also a reference to the saying of Prophet Muhammad of the same meaning,
      explaining the position of mother in Islamic belief.

Itulah 20 Peribahasa Populer Dalam Bahasa Indonesia dan Bahasa Inggris. Mohon maaf bila ada kesalahan dalam penulisan. Semoga bermanfaat.

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