September 20, 2010

Top 20 Somali Proverbs

My Favourite 20 Somali Proverbs With English Translations

These are some of my favorite Somali proverbs and their English translations. Do you know any? or do you have a favorite that is not here? feel free to share them by commenting below.

1 – Aaddane eed ma waayo
~ Human beings are never without a fault

2 – Abaal dad galaa badan, dad gudaase yar
~ Many will do favour but few will return it

3 – Aqoon la aani waa iftiin la aan
~ To be without knowledge is to be without light

4- Baahi badan, baryo badan, iyo bukaan badanba waa laysku nacaa
~ Excessive need-liness, too much begging and chronic ill-health can create undue resentment in others

5 – Been fakatay runi ma gaarto
~ The truth can never catch up with a propagated lie

6 – Gari Illaheed bay taqaan
~ Justice knows its God only

7 – Guri aan hooyo lahayni waa lama degaan
~ A home without a mother is like a desert

8 – Haween la’aani waa hoy la’aan
~ Where there are no women, there is no home

9 – Meel waa laga muuqdaa ama waa laga maqnaadaa
~ At your niche, either make your presence known or stay away

10 – Mukulaal mininkeeda joogta miciyo libaax bay leedahay
~ A cat in her house has the teeth of a lion

11 – Nin geed gali jirey geed loo ma galo
~ Don’t expect to ambush an expert ambusher

12 – Ninkii is waalaba waabiyaa hela
~ The aggressive man ultimately encounters a more aggressive man

13 – Nin rag ah haweentii ka adag, doqonna isagaa ka adag
~ A good man may be controlled by his wife, while lesser man dominates his

14 – Nin xil qaaday eed qaad
~ He who takes responsibility becomes the target of the people

15 – Ninkii tiisaba daryeelaa tukale ku dara
~ One who takes caresof his affairs, can help others take care of theirs

16 – Samataliye sedkii waa janno
~ To advice good is true faith

17 – Sirow ma hodmo
~ A deceiver never prospers

18 – Soomaalidu, been way sheegtaa, laakiin, been kuma maahmaahdo
~ Somalis tell lies, but don’t say false proverbs.

19 – Talo xumo tog baas bay kaa riddaa
~ Bad counsel may cause you to fall into an abyss

20 – Waari mayside war hakaa hadho
~ You won’t live forever so leave a legacy