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Tales of South Africa

My home language is Afrikaans (I'm from South Africa). It's quite a quirky (and young) language, so I thought you guys might like a few posts about it. I chose this idiom especially for you! If you like this post I'll make more.

Idiom: Al dra ’n aap ’n goue ring, hy is en bly 'n lelike ding.

Literal translation:
Even if a monkey wears a golden ring, he is and stays an ugly thing.
(Huh, it rhymes in English as well. Quite cool if you ask me.)

Nice clothes and jewelry won't make an ugly person pretty.
(Brutal. That's what makes us cool.)