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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.)

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