Somali Proverbs with Equivalent English Proverbs (Part 1)


• Naga duw, Eebbow, aafaadka soconaya.
“God, save us from the present disasters.”

• Nimaad dhashay kuma dhalinnin. “Your offspring are not your parents.”

• Nimaan dhididin ma dhergo. “No sweet without sweat.”

• Nimaan shaqaysan shaah waa ka xaaraan. “He who will not work shall not eat.”

• Nin daad qaaday xumbo cuskay. “A drowning man will catch at a straw.”

• Nin dhintay kabahiisa ayaa dhaama. “A living dog is better than a dead lion.”

• Nin waliba wuxuu yahay ayuu ku moodaa. “Measure somebody’s corn by one’s own bushel.”

• Ninba meesha bugta isaga ayay belbeshaa. “Every heart knows its own bitterness.”

• Qof walba wixi dhibay dhaforkey kaga taala. Everyone talks about the things on his mind.

• Oofi ereygaaga! “Keep one’s word.”

• Qaanuun addeece. “Law-abiding.”

• Qaanuunka qarjoogta. “The jungle law.”

• Qalad qalad ka dabagee qallooc aan la saxin buu dhalaa. ” Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

• Qalinka ayaa qoriga ka quwad weyn.
“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

• Qasad dhammaystirma waa marmarsiinyaha wasiilada. “The end justifies the means.”

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