Money talks.

Discussion in 'All Languages' started by Encolpius, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)
    Hello, English say:
    - Money talks. or even. Money talks, bullshit walks.
    Hungarians say:
    - A pénz beszél. or even. A pénz beszél, a kutya ugat. [the money talks, the dog barks]
    Do you have something similar?
  2. ilocas2 Senior Member

    Me personally I didn't know this idiom, but by Googling I found out that it exists in Czech

    Peníze/prachy mluví/hovoří.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014
  3. apmoy70

    apmoy70 Senior Member

    In Greek we use the set (and learned) phrase «δεῖ δὴ χρημάτων» (in MG pronunciation), [ði ði xri'maton] which is found in the First Olynthiac Oration delivered in 349 BCE by the famous orator (and staunch anti-Macedonian) Demosthenes (I Olynthiac, 20): «δεῖ δὴ χρημάτων καὶ ἄνευ τούτων οὐδὲν ἔστι γενέσθαι τῶν δεόντων», "Only money we must have, and without money nothing can be done that ought to be done".
  4. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    In Russian I can only think of кто платит, тот и заказывает музыку (whoever pays calls the music/tunes)

    Another variation (it is modern, I think it is from a movie): кто девушку ужинает, тот её и танцует (whoever dines the girl, dances her; In Russian both "to dine" and "to dance" are intransitive verbs, so making them transitive sounds funny.)
  5. arielipi Senior Member

    בעל המאה הוא בעל הדעה
    ba'al hame'ah hu ba'al hade'ah.
    the one with the money is the one with opinion.
  6. marrish

    marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Urdu: پیسہ بولتا ہے [paisah boltaa hae] - money speaks/talks.
  7. flowersophy

    flowersophy Senior Member

    Jiangxi China
    Chinese saying:金钱万能-money talks.
  8. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)
    I am a little bit surprised, I've expected that more languages use the literal translation (of the short sentence).
  9. mataripis

    mataripis Senior Member

    In Tagalog, May sinasabi pag may pera.
  10. jana.bo99

    jana.bo99 Senior Member

    Cro, Slo
    We also don't have it, but I Will write anyway

    Denar govori

    Novac govori

    Geld spricht

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