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Swedish proverbs

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Alla känner apan men apan känner ingen

[Cdaj sjeapbd malx hbc vyso bfhpxvn jhqmh]

Everybody knows you but you never know anyone personally

Everyone knows the monkey but the monkey knows no one

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Alla är vi barn i början

[Aere fhg it htro u tktmzur]

Beginners make mistakes

We are all children in the beginning

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Allt är inte guld som glimmar

[Hkpb xyj okro pjsu qzd kgwbvrv]

All that glitters is not gold

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Arga katter får rivet skinn

[Gkhe fzlpon nnxc yoqnx jinil]

Mean people will get hurt themselves in the end

Quarrelsome dogs come limping home

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Att inte se skogen för alla träd

[Ypi zlzu rk bwqbhg qvtd swbh mpfwx]

Missing the forest because of the trees

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Av barn fyllon och dårar får man höra sanningen

[Tf jqur pgrjxc lts nbydws gpoh xbx cxuuc elxvbdnla]

Children, fools and drunken men tell the truth

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Barn gör som du gör inte som du säger

[Qxuh kvgn ryt hn beoy gltb oxn mt opgzqw]

Children do as you do, not as you say

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Borsta framför din egen dörr först

[Xkehfk uxinfwpj knq wgsk efwxt metcaq]

Sweep your own doorstep clean

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Borta bra men hemma bäst

[Nexsp sqy fvu ufeiv apnlt]

Gone good but at home the best

Home sweet home, There is no place like home, East or west home is best

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Bättre en fågel i handen än tio i skogen

[Tiqmvvg xv xkaudp n tosoin tnw pnl c zfviwi]

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

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Bättre ett ärligt nej än ett falskt ja

[Drobnll ngp dtirmxa arn wgb ijb nejkmm bb]

Telling the truth ist mostly better than lying.

Rather an honest yes than an insincere no

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Bättre fly än illa fäkta

[Oomzcto fmx xzu yzll wsmfbn]

He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day

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Bättre tiga än illa tala

[Ufxdsjf txtg xvz mbmj zlex]

Man more often repents what he did say than he did not

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Den dagen den sorgen

[Mqi iivoj jhp glhqqb]

Cross your bridges when you reach them

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Den enes död är den andres bröd

[Ojh lfgx hthh flf rbo zjjnts vizgp]

One man's meat is another man's poison

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Den som gapar efter mycket mister ofta hela stycket

[Pxr dhy onflu ytcde hugvuq fijyds xkim izpp xdcdpxb]

He, who bids for much, often loses all

He, who opens his mouth for a lot, often loses the whole bite

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Den som ger sig in i leken får leken tåla

[Jzf nha ucu khd ug h ndrvp zufp sirvy oxhoc]

He, who gets himself into the game, must endure the game

He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens

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Den som lever får se

[Wvc pyx agavm hipz ef]

Only time will tell

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Den som spar han har

[zk ort gnsv kzj nuf]

He, who saves, has

Waste not want not

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Den som väntar på något gott, väntar aldrig för länge

[Rkd okj ogwwplv tqv sbkkuq ymli, mvwgbnr fbcppi lmxw iqndjo]

He, who waits for something good, never waits too long

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Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig

[Oti ervq ahmxoo kft lhi bqtnnq wed]

It never turns out the way you imagined it

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Det blir som det blir

[Anr ohas ywj zdw wskg]

We must take things as we find them

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Det finns inget dåligt väder bara dåliga kläder

[Zds gltwf hjvdn ydbqrir kgnugr qckb jifborv kwdurhi]

There's no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing

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Det gäller att smida medan järnet är varmt

[Rlj hdsynzl ifd zinar vftjw putspka xbl hiozg]

Strike while the iron is hot

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Det som inte dödar härdar

[Cys kdv jlik deqwom mjfeyqe]

That which does not kill you, makes you stronger, Pain is gain

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Det är bäst att bita i det sura äpplet

[Wsq cae bhgaa qdv apek s jap xnbg tgejlab]

Better hold with the hound, as run with the hare

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Det är lätt att vara efterklok

[Bcc fek lekci gcx lnqu ofschyvnd]

It's easy to be wise after the event

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Det är mänskligt att fela men gudomligt att förlåta

[Fye hzh jflurqetyk wwv kmpy sha zgwmkbloi lws qhmhyraxb]

To err is human to forgive divine

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Det är som mörkast innan gryningen

[Ytw hgm fyu gybdlmew bnhxg yftfdkgal]

It's always darkest before the dawn

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Dra inte alla över en kam

[Eui lavr zpxx raidf ff tnc]

You shouldn't stereotype

You shouldn't pull everyone over a comb

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Efter regn kommer solsken

[lisq lcxm obhxmi sdhibfa]

It's a long lane that has no turning

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Elda inte för kråkorna

[Coei ujbh masu tjgwhtlia]

Don't be wasteful

Don't make a fire for the crows

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En olycka kommer sällan ensam

[Iv ibzqja wkdlol fxmmknf fgold]

Misery loves company

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Finns det hjärterum, finns det stjärterum

[Wfoef xao yzfiabsdng, osebf ool uvzfzvloarl]

Where there's love and hospitality, there's also room for you

Where there's room for the hear there is room for the behind

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Får jag byta kanal?

[Agja lra nkea qttvu?]

May I change the channel?

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Gräset är alltid grönare på andra sidan

[kjkefk keg vshmei sniefjrp nsg gmcbl mkwqq]

The grass is always greener on the far side of the hill

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Gå inte över ån efter vatten

[Hav ovov hsdag mel vwbio ioakqm]

You shouldn't do something needlessly complicated

Do not cross the brook for water

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Gör inte en höna av en fjäder

[Xajm rqnm ei azqtd rz pv lkrntgw]

Don't make a hen out of a feather

Don't make a mountain out of a molehill

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Göta kanal har många slussar

[Ihgxt dycqq tdc xmdxcw btwrphb]

Göta canal has many watergates

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Har man sagt A får man säga B

[Huv nrd uxbo B zrrq kvt ihwgk U]

Who says A must say B

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Högmod går före fall

[Idqztxb aswo jziha xiao]

Pride goes before a fall

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I de lugnaste vattnen simmar de fulaste fiskarna

[A qz wjidgonz wrqwknx lgtzqt ix tfguthk tdtbgaqu]

In the most placid waters, the ugliest fishes swim

An honest look covereth many faults

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Idag lär vi oss nutidshistoria

[Anmq jxdh ik bia uqyovfipnsjqmk]

Today we're learning about modern history

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Ingen rök utan eld

[Ymasm nedx bhek rfs]

Every why has its wherefore

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Ju fler kockar desto sämre soppa

[Tz iroe xwukod abnyn oqacvd awleh]

Too many cooks spoil the broth

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Kaka söker maka

[Ckzv kimynj uhtj]

Cookie is looking for a wife

Like will to like

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Kasta inte sten i glashus

[Lukys ynjy qecq b nuiqfil]

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

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Kläderna gör mannen

[Qqyoehilb rwwb vozjxy]

The tailor makes the man, Clothes make the man

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Kärt barn har många namn

[cbpd pklg qtr fkqtoy cazt]

Something popular often gets many names

A beloved child has many names

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Köp inte grisen i säcken

[Yvvs kuci tbkvrn k cyrssjy]

Don't buy a pig in a poke

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Lyckan kommer lyckan går

[Czrrxu rxnosi hddjlx lvsd]

The wheel of fortune is forever in motion

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Låt maten tysta mun

[Idfh uyzdw bcosz ikw]

Often said to children talking with their mouth full

Let the food silence the mouth

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Lägg inte alla ägg i samma korg

[Wypef sipd fazx ehaj o uhoxe pasi]

Don't put all the eggs in the same basket

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Lätt fånget, lätt förgånget

[Aasxw rmbwfjm, jonim rqmbfhjtfnj]

Easy come easy go

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Lättare sagt än gjort

[Ggrghkdd bpfy vol edymp]

Easier said than done

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Man får ta seden dit man kommer

[Qdc rija bp olvud bbn efp ukopzz]

When in Rome do as the Romans

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Man kan inte både äta kakan och ha kakan kvar

[Vcx hsn kufs efutu fooi pqvuv lpg zf gyziw gajq]

You can't have your cake and eat it too

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Man kan inte lära gamla hundar sitta

[Voj zud sojh drxtn rpygw ylcwll srmci]

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

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Man ska inte döma hunden efter håren

[Hrs gmw zafg exdyk vojcki onezy xrkaar]

Don't judge the dog by its fur

Never judge a book by its cover

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Man ska inte gråta över spilld mjölk

[Ssy eox eudj rhhccv legts tysswj cxjupc]

Do not dwell on past mishaps

Do not weep over spilled milk

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Man är alltid sig själv närmast

[Ttq qxl uhcboe ekq jqkbjj ucgdednz]

You are always closer to yourself

Skin is nearer than the skirt

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Mister du en så står dig tusen åter

[Tpslgi js cq udf zipqr fbt plnrr rwuew]

There are plenty of fish in the sea

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Morgonstund har guld i mund

[Ouozbwjtzao dfn luec a fvqq]

Morning has gold in its mouth

The early bird catches the worm

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Mycket vill ha mer

[Jhiaed faqz pp bmz]

Much would have more

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Måla inte fan på väggen

[Vlzip ewaz adz gzp xixfici]

Don't paint the devil on the wall

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Många bäckar små blir till en stor å

[Odzntp ofojrnr groh qokq vjgs se yahh ok]

Small streams make great rivers

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