Russian proverb of the week

Как аукнется, так и откликнется


With accent marks:

Как ау́кнется, так и откли́кнется.


What goes around comes around.


As you treat others, so they will treat you.

This proverb is hard to translate literally. "Аукнется" comes from the sound "ау" that Russian people use to find each other in a forest. "Аукнется" is only used in this proverb, you don't find this word anywhere else. So a close to literal translation can be as follows: as you say "ау", you will receive the same response back.

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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