Russian proverb of the week

Как аукнется, так и откликнется

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With accent marks:

Как ау́кнется, так и откли́кнется.

Translation:

What goes around comes around.

Meaning:

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.

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