Common English Proverbs and Equivalents in Malay and Chinese
Author: Ding Choo Ming
This is a compendium of 2,600 common English proverbs, idiomatic expressions and phrases and their comparable equivalents in Malay and Chinese proverbs. They are collectively dubbed as peribahasa in Malay, proverbs in English and 諺 語 in Chinese and commonly known as such.
As the root of some of these proverbs goes back to the infancy of English, Malay and Chinese civilizations developed independently in the far-flung three corners of the globe, this is also a journey of discovery and exploration on the many marvels of English, Malay and Chinese proverbs, including their meanings and role as a source of traditional wisdom and the development of their variants.
Through this collection of proverbs, we can step back in time to many unique periods of English, Malay and Chinese history across the centuries. These thousands of proverbs are an impressive panorama of first-oral-then-written records of the local folks, expressed in 諺 語, 成 語, 歇 後 語, as well as 俗 语 among the Chinese and simpulan bahasa, bidalan, pepatah and perumpamaan among the Malays.
Professor DING CHOO MING has made major contributions to Malay studies and research. He is proficient in the essential languages in Malay studies, including Jawi and Dutch. Professor Ding worked for 40 years in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) as a librarian, a lecturer, and a researcher in Malay language, culture, and literature. He has published various topics extensively in Malay newspapers and magazines throughout his career. Professor DIng established the important Southeast Asia collection in Tun Seri Lanang Library, UKM while immersing himself in Malay studies. After his retirement from UKM, Professor Ding is still pursuing his passion, which leads to the publication of this book, which he successfully completed in 6 years without any financial aid.