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09:36 Mar 24, 2007
Spanish to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings
Spanish term or phrase:se hace la perra el perro
Again, I'm looking for an English expression that conveys a similar meaning--I think another animal metaphor would work well, if there is one in English. (This is for a poem I'm translating.) But please offer any expression that seems appropriate.
I apologize, my Argentinian poet gave me the impression that this was a common expression in Spanish. (And sorry for my delay in responding, I haven't been able to get on the computer for the past few days.) It's a metaphor for a man acting "feminine", submissive, weak, unmanly.
Hi Yvette. I concur with Edward and Patricia but I am hazarding a guess. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_see,_monkey_do
"Monkey see, monkey do" is a traditional cliché that popped up in American culture in the early 1920s. The American version of this saying often refers to a child's learning process. The child observes another's behavior and then imitates it. This is often referred to in social psychology studies as the "Modeling Theory". The basis of this theory is that by observing a model's behavior and imitating it, there will be a desired learned effect. This is related to the concept of mirror neurons.
The European interpretation of this cliché is slightly different. In Britain, "Monkey See, Monkey Do" refers to the learning of a process without an understanding of why it works.
Monkey See, Monkey Do is also a book by Marc Gave published by Scholastic, Inc.'s Hello Reader! series designed to help children learn to read.