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Literal translation: Listening with your ears does not compare to seeing with your eyes. English equivalent: A picture is worth a thousand words.
This proverb advises people to not believe everything they hear unless they see the incident with their own eyes. People are quick to believe in rumours even though they did not witness the event, or know the person targeted.
When applied to this issue’s theme of travel, the proverb can mean that hearing about a place does not compare to seeing it. Similar to the English idiom “A picture is worth a thousand words,” this proverb notes that observation paints a better picture of an event than hearing someone else’s description. Yet another English saying points out that “Experience is the best teacher.” Hearing about a location is not as powerful as seeing an image, and a picture falls short of going there and experiencing it for yourself. In person, all five senses are triggered and the impact is deep. You can see the dense foliage of the forest, hear the rustling of leaves in the cool breeze, smell the woody, crisp, pine trees, feel the dampness of the morning dew on your shoes, and taste the salt of a seaside fog.