밤말은 쥐가 듣고 낮말은 새가 듣는다

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Native Korean, literally meaning "rats hear nighttime talks and birds hear daytime talks"

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pa̠mma̠ɾɯn t͡ɕɥiɡa̠ tɯt̚k͈o̞ na̠nma̠ɾɯn sʰɛ̝ɡa̠ tɯnnɯnda̠/ ~ /pa̠mma̠ɾɯn t͡ɕyɡa̠ tɯt̚k͈o̞ na̠nma̠ɾɯn sʰɛ̝ɡa̠ tɯnnɯnda̠/
  • Phonetic hangul: 밤마른 쥐가 듣꼬 난마른 새가 든는다

Proverb[edit]

듣고 듣는다 (bammareun jwiga deutgo nanmareun saega deunneunda)

  1. walls have ears

Alternative forms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • The order of bam "nighttime" before naj "daytime" accords with 밤낮 (bamnat) "night and day" and 음양 (陰陽, eumyang) "yin and yang, dark and light," better than the alternate form vice versa.