Idiom fun! It’s a small world
Travel anywhere and you’re likely to find someone or something you can somehow relate to. Thanks to social networks, proving Frigyes Karinthy’s six degrees of separation (he was a translator, no less) seems to get easier every year.
It’s a small world
The idiom ‘it’s a small world’ is used when you meet or see people in an unexpected location or meet a person who unexpectedly knows someone you know.
For example, you’re on holiday in Spain and you make friends with some local people, only to find out they also know a friend of yours who visited Spain last year. Crazy!
Let’s look at what others say:
French: Le monde est vraiment petitÂ – The world is really small
German: Die ganze Welt ist ein Dorf – The whole world’s a village
Italian: Tutto il monde Ã¨ paese – The whole world’s a village
Dutch:Â De wereld, mijn dorp – The world, my village
Spanish:Â Estan lloviendo hasta maridos – It’s even raining husbands!
Welsh: Mae’r byd yn fach Â – The world is small
There you have it! Pretty similar in all languages actually, so if the language you need isn’t above, have a good guess and you’ll probably get it right.
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