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

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    Waraaf iyo shimbiir waar iskumahayana

    Af daboolan waa dahab
    (Speech is silver,silence is gold)

    Waari mayside war hakaa ahro
    (your not everlastingso leave a legancy)

    Wixiii adiga ku dhibaya,walalkaa looma quudho

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    Somaalidu waxaay casarkii kugu aragtay cishihii kugu caydaa

    Albab furan lama galeee wajii furan ayaa la galaa

    Bentaada hore runtaada dambe bay u daran tahay

    Aqoon la’aan waa iftiin la’an

    Dhamman wixii dhalaala dheemman ma aha

    Xoolo nin leh waa la xurmeeya, xil nin hayana waa la xantaa

    Hadii waraabe hakim laga dhigo,ari xaq maleh

    Rag tag lama dhaho ee waxuu ku taga latusiya

    Damac iyo xishoodna dumar lagama waayo

    Qof aadaan baran qiimahiisa kuma qiyasna

    Naagi nin taqaano nin uma malayso ama uma aragto

    Daar burburtay waa la dhisaa damiir burburey baa adag

    Faqrigu marka uu albaabka ka soo galo jacelkuna daaqada ka baxaa

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    thank you for your contribution Mulky, will definitely add those!

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    meel waa laga muuqdaa amba waa laga maqnaada waxa weeyaan GO HARD OR GO YARD i hope that helps

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    dear bother & sister

    i say thanks you very much. waan jeceel ahay mamahahaa somaliga ee fadlaan ii gu sodeer cewan kayga

    ruun ahantii waxaan heceladay 2 mamaah
    1- dagaal nin an aqoon baaku orda
    2- meel waalag muuqdaa ama waalaga maqnaadaa

    please send me ba my E-mail.sa.redo@live.com

    thanks..

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    I realy intereste with 2 proverbs dat .
    1.nin geed gali girey ged lomagalo.
    2. Meel waa laga muqda amba walaga maqnadha

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    1.madax muuqda iyo midi sawir ah midna lagama samro
    2.nin soori kaa qaaday waa nin seefi kaa qaaday
    3.nin kuu digay kuma dilin

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    Mindi iyo madax muqdaba waalo muhda . Tol la’an wa tog kugusodumay.

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    Tuug tuug maxado-A thief is not robbed by a thief
    Habar fadhiso lagtin lafududa-Actions are better than words

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    Aqoon la aan waa iftiin la aan-Lack of knowledge is lack of light
    Dhar aadan laheyn dhaxan kaamaceliso-Somebody else”s clothes does not warm you
    Balan badni been bey leedahay-Who promises a lot,lies a lot

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