Somali Proverbs

April 11, 2008 at 6:26 pm 7 comments


He who does not seize opportunity today, will be unable to seize tomorrow’s opportunity.

A camel can tolerate a heavy load, but not a crooked rope.

A man throws stones not words.

A person stands next to a shade not next to words.

You don’t go searching for bones in a lion’s den.

Every camel was once upon time two years old.

A coward dies before the courageous dies.

An escaped lie does not reach the truth.

You lend a false ear to false words.

A married couple are neither enemies nor friends.

A man one year elder to you is one cunning year elder to you.

One should rise to a person who see you sitting.

A deer is an elder to its family.

Let what is on this side of the bank be washed out by the flood, and what is on that side of the bank be carried away by the wind.

A madman does not lack wisdom.

You should discuss over a dog’s hide when it concerns your interest.

Dogs understand each other by their barking, and men by their words.

The ear cannot hold as much water as it does news.

A dog which refuses a bone is not alive.

A brave man dies once, a coward a thousand times.

One shares food not words.

When a man sleeps, it is the same person when he wakes up.

The most dangerous thing a man needs is woman.

The child you sired hasn’t sired you.

There is always a better man for every good man.

A man who has eaten something becomes shy.

These youth taught their mother to give birth.

One refusing a sibling’s advice breaks his arm.

A cat in her house has the teeth of a lion.

One doesn’t tell a man ‘go away’ but one shows him something so he will go.

A man prolonging his age sees a camel giving birth.

Your woman should be in the house or in the grave.

A thousand assignations, one marriage.

Men for tea, women for talk.

Somalis don’t say a false proverb.

To be without knowledge is to be without light.

An old wound will not go away.

Do not walk into a snake pit with your eyes open.

Wisdom does not come overnight.

In the ocean, one does not need to sow water.

Where I make my living, there is my home.

He who does not shave you does not cut you.

The bridge is repaired only after someone falls in the water.

To try and fail is not laziness.

Poverty is slavery.

Think before you do.

Sorrow is like rice in the store; if a basketful is removed everyday, it will come to an end at last.

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  • 1. Mohamed Abdirahman  |  May 22, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Though it would’ve been magnificent to also include the Somali form of the proverb, I really admire your audacious effort to revive the Somali proverb. Kudos to you!

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  • 2. Mohammad  |  May 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Dear Mahad,

    The work seems good, but might require revising it again to give a real sense of somali proverbs.

    Thanks.

    Mohammad

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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  • 3. ali  |  April 27, 2011 at 12:49 am

    that is direct translation, boy u need to a litrature student before writing such thinkgs on the site,,,,,u might misslead some people….think big before writing what you dont knw,,,

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  • 4. Mahmoud  |  October 19, 2009 at 2:46 am

    I think you need to revise most of the proverbs, they are
    direct translation which does not rapresent the true sense
    of the proverb. You need search an experienced person
    who has knowledge of language and translation.
    Really it does not rapresent the sense of Somali Wisdom,
    just words of no sense.
    Sorry to discourage you, but that is the reality.
    Please revise and revise to come the true sense

    Reply
  • 5. amilaabdah  |  April 9, 2009 at 1:47 am

    hey thanks for posting this walaalo!! If you can get me the somali translation as well that would be beautiful..peace

    Reply
  • 6. safeska  |  April 6, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Nice proverbs but i need them translated in to somali.

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  • 7. farah  |  March 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    buddy, u really did outstanding work, i appretiate u about that, thanks again, because u took our lost culture onthe ground and dast it, sir thanks for that, we’ll stand by u, and help u ideas because it was said unity is strength, so let us all stand to rebuild our lost name Somalia… by farah cadde..

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