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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Speech is silver, silence is golden" nghĩa là gì?

La Sala de los Magos in the plaza outside of Centro Cultural Cabañas, art by Alejandro Colunga. Photo courtesy Alan Levine.

'Speech is silver silence is golden' nghĩa là 'im lặng tốt hơn là nói', im lặng là vàng (often used in circumstances where it is thought that saying nothing is preferable to speaking).

Ví dụ
Cook the batsman defines the era of old fashioned, technically sound English cricketers, and he always seems eager to bat for ages. On the field he looks like a saint, and his batting reflects his penance. His audacity is silent, just like the silence before the tsunami. As the proverb says, “speech is silver, silence is golden”.

In Europe, the further south you go the more vocal the people are. From a German’s standpoint, the Greeks and Spanish are unbearably loud and have no sense of verbal restraint. Despite the existence of the proverb “Speech is silver, silence is golden” in the West, Westerns love to speak. But for Japanese people, it’s not just the volume of conversation that’s troubling but the content as well. Take jokes for example. Get a group of Westerners together and it’s only a matter of time before the room is filled with nonsensical banter. Put almost any Japanese person in the middle of that and they’ll have no idea how to react.

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