Sayings about language in different languages

Sayings about language in different languages

Idiomatic phrases and sayings constantly surround us. So it’s not particularly surprising that many of these relate to language, since language is such a central part of our lives and our identities. Here is a selection of my personal favourites from around the world. I hope you enjoy them too!

Published 9/21/2015

Language is the skin of the soul.
– Fernando Lázaro Carreter

Translators are like ninjas. If you notice them, they’re no good.
– Etgar Keret

By words the mind is winged.
– Aristophanes

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
– Ambrose Bierce

The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.
– George Bernard Shaw

Perhaps of all the creations of man language is the most astonishing.
– Giles Lytton Strachey

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
– Nelson Mandela

A natural language is the archive were the experiences, knowledge and beliefs of a community are stored.
– Fernando Lázaro Carreter

A language is a dialect with an army and navy.
– Max Weinreich

The echo knows all languages.
– Finnish proverb

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