NƯỚC ĐỔ ĐẦU VỊT
(Pouring water on a duck’s head = Water off a duck’s back)
Literal meaning: a duck’s head is small and protruding, with thick and smooth feathers; therefore, water slides off it easily.
Figurative meaning: referring to advice and teachings that are not taken.
E.g. Kêu đi học bài mà không nghe, nói nó như “nước đổ đầu vịt”. (I have reminded him to go study; my words are like water off a duck’s back.)
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