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Complete sentences, phrases, and figurative speech

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Postby David and Bui » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:37 am

From a Facebook post:

เพชรแท้ตกน้ำไม่ไหล ตกไฟไม่ไหม้

How about:

A true diamond will neither dissolve nor burn.
A real diamond will not be destroyed by either water or fire.
A real diamond will stand up to anything.
A true diamond will withstand any challenge.
An authentic man remains true.

What are your thoughts.
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Re: "เพชรแท้"

Postby Gwindor » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:55 pm

Each of your translations is fair and captures a slightly (or highly) different shade of meaning. Any one of these translations could be helped by a picture of the Buddha next to it, since that is a quality which many English speakers wouldn't recognize unless it was pointed out. The diamond in question may simply refer to "character" or "sincerity" without reference to Dharma, but that separation is not natural to the Thai perspective.

For ไหล a more precise translation might be "water doesn't wash it away"? But dissolve is more succinct and give the same meaning.
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