Sunday, 22 September 2013

Spanish proverb

Spanish proverb:  Camarón que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente.

English translation:  The shrimp that falls asleep is carried away by the current.

What do you think this proverb means?

(a)  The proverb is about the importance of rest and relaxation.   

(b)  The proverb is about staying alert to danger.  

(c)  The proverb is about taking advantage of opportunities.  

The answer is (c).  If you don't pay attention to what is going on around you, you may miss out on opportunities.  

This proverb has been shared by many of my students over the years, from many different Spanish-speaking countries.  Thank you also to the Prison Arts Coalition and artist Chris M. for permission to use this picture.  

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