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In Wine there is Truth

jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
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This is a nice Asian proverb if you know a vintner or wine seller - or wine lover - although the actual meaning might not be exactly what you think or hope.

The literal meaning is that someone drinking wine is more likely to let the truth slip out. It can also be translated as, "People speak their true feelings after drinking alcohol."

It's long-believed in many parts of Asia that one can not consciously hold up a facade of lies when getting drunk, and therefore the truth will come out with a few drinks.

I've had the experience where a Korean man would not trust me until I got drunk with him (I was trying to gain access to the black market in North Korea which is tough to do as an untrusted outsider) - so I think this idea is still well-practiced in many Asian countries.

后 VS 後

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Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
In Wine there is Truth酒后吐真言 / 酒後吐真言
酒后吐真言
jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
jiu3 hou4 tu3 zhen1 yan2
jiu hou tu zhen yan
jiuhoutuzhenyan
chiu hou t`u chen yen
chiuhoutuchenyen
chiu hou tu chen yen
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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酒後吐真言


酒后吐真言

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jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán / jiu3 hou4 tu3 zhen1 yan2
chiu hou t`u chen yen / chiu hou tu chen yen
after wine, spit out the truth; in vino veritas

生酔い本性違わず

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 namayoihonshoutagawazu / namayoihonshotagawazu / なまよいほんしょうたがわず (expression) (proverb) in wine there is truth; being under the influence doesn't change our true character

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