Wenn einer eine Reise tut, dann kann er viel erzählen
English translation: widely travelled people are never short of stories
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11:12 Nov 27, 2008
German to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings
German term or phrase:Wenn einer eine Reise tut, dann kann er viel erzählen
My aim is to find an appropriate English equivalent for the above saying. Though I can make my own translation of it, I would prefer a more formal version if there is one to be had. The only travel-related maxim that I can come up with right now is "travel broadens the mind", which I do not feel is appropriate here.
I have trawled the glossary, but was unable to find what I was looking for.
Thank you for providing me with a great solution. I am not sure what I was thinking in looking for the "nearest English equivalent" for a well-known German saying, but we all have off-days, I suppose. ;o) Anyway, thank you very much! Sara. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Of course, it was a bit remiss to leave it out in the first place. The excerpt is taken from a brief study on the works of Karl May and Emilio Salgari whose adventure stories were set in countries they had never visited:
"Wenn einer eine Reise tut, dann kann er viel erzählen", lautet ein bekanntes deutsches Sprichwort. Mit Emilio Salgari und Karl May begegnen wir zwei Schriftstellern, die nie in die Gebiete gereist sind, die sie beschreiben oder nur annähernd das erlebt haben, was sie uns erzählen. Dennoch gehören ihre Bücher zu den meistgelesenen in der Welt und die Auflagen erreichen Zahlen, die selbst die Klassiker in den Schatten stellen könnten.
Do you have a specific context in mind? The intended meaning of anything used figuratively or metaphorically usually depends on the context.
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widely travelled people are never short of stories
Explanation: I dont know the corresponding idiom - in case there is one - but if the worst comes to the worst this suggestion will manage to bring the message across
Ellen Kraus Austria Local time: 01:21 Meets criteria Native speaker of: German PRO pts in category: 12
Thank you for providing me with a great solution. I am not sure what I was thinking in looking for the "nearest English equivalent" for a well-known German saying, but we all have off-days, I suppose. ;o) Anyway, thank you very much! Sara.