nók = bird
nói = a little
tam = [to] build
rang = nest
dtàe = only ; just
por = [to be] enough ; sufficient ; appropriate
dtua = body
Literal MeaningLittle birds make a nest just big enough for their bodies
English ProverbLiving within your means
A bird only needs a nest big enough to hold its eggs and the mother bird to sit on them. If they were to make larger ones than they need, this would require a lot more time and effort building and afterwards, more time and effort to keep the eggs warm and safe. The birds are therefore being sensible and economical. They are living within their means.
tâa khun mee raai dâai nói gôr yàa séu bâan paeng gern bpai mĕuan nók nói tam rang dtàe por dtua
If you have a little income you should not buy a big house like little birds make a nest just big enough for their bodies.