The neighbor’s chicken

I just learned a new Portuguese saying:

A galinha da vizinha Γ© sempre melhor que a minha.

This is wonderful! Not only does it roll off the tongue with a perfect, rhyming rhythm, but it’s much more evocative than the American version, which is “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

The Portuguese don’t discuss grass color, they talk about chickens. The phrase translates as, “The neighbor’s chicken is always better than mine.”

I’m practicing this one so I can whip it out when appropriate. It’s just so much fun to say.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to The neighbor’s chicken

  1. Lilaine says:

    Question : is there gender differentiation in Portuguese, and is galinha feminine?
    If the answer is yes, then this saying might have another hidden meaning… πŸ˜‰
    Then again, that works even if galinha is masculine… πŸ˜›
    Uh oh, the american version might be a double entendre, too…:D

    • Marta says:

      Since you mentioned it, I think it should translate as “the neighbor’s hen”

      • Lilaine says:

        Well, yes Marta, and that’s what my quirky kinky mind did first πŸ˜‰
        The whole purpose of these sayings is often in their more or less hidden meanings. Then, when you try and translate them, all the “game” consists in keeping the hidden meaning(s) hidden. Not that easy to do!
        Anyway, as long as some sayings have a musical and tongue rolling pleasant side, let’s enjoy them! πŸ˜‰

  2. Me says:

    Yes, there is gender differentiation. Chicken is feminine, galo is masculine, yet, in this particular case, there is no hidden meaning. πŸ™‚

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