Russian proverb of the week

Голь на выдумки хитра


With accent marks:

Голь на вы́думки хитра́.


Poor people are inventive.


This Russian proverb notices the fact that poverty and need make a person to look for non-standard, cheap and low-tech ways to achieve the goals that people with money achieve by buying something or hiring someone. The word "голь" comes from "голый" (naked) and here symbolizes the poor.

You can listen to this proverb in Russian. The audio is at the bottom of the screen under the blue button.

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