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Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof*

* Life is not a pony farm

German German speaking countries

Proverb USED On Rare Occasion BY Almost Everyone

This phrase is used when trying to express that life is not easy.

"Du musst dir dein Geld selbst erarbeiten, das Leben ist schließlich kein Ponyhof."

"You have to work for your own money, life is not a pony farm after all."


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's Läba isch koi Schlotzer*

* Life is not a lollipop

German | Swabian Swabia, Germany

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Swabians

Used as a response when someone complains about a small problem or task. Meaning life is not always easy.

"Ich hab noch soviel zu tun..." "s Läba osch koi Schlotzer"

"I have sooo much to do..." "Life is not a lollipop"


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se a vida fosse fácil, se chamaria miojo*

* If life were easy, it would be called instant noodles

Portuguese Brazil

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

This expression is used to reinforce that life is hard.

"Está sendo bem difícil sobreviver a 2020. Pois é, se a vida fosse fácil se chamaria miojo!"

"It is being very difficult to survive 2020. Well, if life was easy it would be called instant noodles!"


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het leven is geen ponykamp*

* life is not a pony camp

Dutch | Flemish Flanders, Belgium

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

Life is not always easy.

"Ik ben gebuisd voor mijn examen. Helaas, maar het leven is geen ponykamp."

"I failed my exam. It sucks, but life's not a pony camp."


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az élet nem habostorta*

* life is not a cream cake

Hungarian Hungary

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

Used to emphasise that life isn't easy.

"Megint korán kellett kelnem!" "Hát igen, az élet nem habostorta."

"I had to wake up early again." "Well, yeah, life is not a cream cake."





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život není peříčko*

* life is no feather

Czech Czechia

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

Used to say that life is not easy.

"Mám toho spoustu v práci a do toho teď musím ještě pomáhat našim." "No jo, život není peříčko."

"I have tons of things to do at work and on top of that, I now have to help out my parents." "Yeah well, life is no feather."





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het leven is een soep*

* life is a soup

Dutch | Aalst Belgium

Idiom USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

Life is not easy.

"Het leven is een soep, al die miserie toch."

"Life is a soup, all these troubles."


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No es enchílame esta *

* It's not enchiladas

Spanish Mexico

Reference USED On Rare Occasion BY Guetho

Life is not easy.

"No son enchiladas. Tendrás que aplicarte más."

"Those aren't enchiladas. You're gonna have to make an effort."





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no es soplar y hacer botellas*

* it isn't blowing and making bottles

Spanish Argentina

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

It means that something isn't easy.

"Acabamos de poner un local pero no nos está yendo tan bien." "Bueno, no es soplar y hacer botellas. ¿Qué pretendías?"

"We just opened a store but we're not doing so well." "Well, it isn't blowing and making bottles, what did you expect?"


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