maew = a cat
mâi = don’t
yùu = stay
nŭu = a mouse
râa rerng = be playful
Literal MeaningCat is not there, mice are happy
English ProverbWhen the cat’s away the mice will play.
When the cat is in the house. The mice have to stay hidden and quiet in order to avoid becoming dinner. When the cat is not there, they are freer and can come out to play without the fear of being caught. If the boss is out for the day, the workers can ease off on their work and have a bit more fun. If the teacher leaves the classroom, the pupils are likely to stop working and begin fooling around.
mêua pan-rá-yaa mâi yùu bâan săa-mee gôr dee jai mĕuan maew mâi yùu nŭu râa rerng
when the wife is not at home, husband be happy like a cat is not there, mice are happy.