猫に小判 Give a Cat a Gold Coin

Japanese proverbs

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猫に小判
Cast Pearls to a Swine

 

猫に小判
Japanese
ねこ に こばん neko ni koban
Literal
Give money to a cat
English Equivalent
To cast pearls before swine
Notes
猫に neko ni (give) to a cat [に shows direction]; A 小判 koban was an oval gold coin used during the Edo period; 豚に真珠 buta ni shinju Pearls to a pig, from the Bible, is also used often and means basically the same thing.

 


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