A list of Xitsonga proverbs translated to English.
- A proverb is xivuriso in Xitsonga.
- A proverb is a short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice.
- The translation in english are directed and some are interpretations.
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|Mbuti yi dya laha yi nga bohiwa kona||A goat eats where it is tied|
|Mbyana leyi hanyaka yi tlula nghala leyi feke||A living dog is better than a dead lion|
|Mbyana loko yi lava ku ku luma ya n'wayitela||A dog smiles when it intends to bite something|
|Mfenhe a yi tivoni makovo||A baboon can't see if he's ugly|
|Mfenhe loko yi khome vulombe yi famba hi milenge yinharhu||A baboon with honey walks on three legs|
|Mhisi ya mikoka yi mbirhi yin'we yi phatluka nyonga||A hyena with 3 trails or foot prints will break it's leg|
|Mhisi yi tlakule ntshuri||A hyena stole a food basket ( Ndlala yi nghenile emuntini/emutini - hunger has just attacked a family)|
|Mhunti yi biwa ya ha ri na mahika||An Antelope is killed while is sighing (Mhaka yi tengiwa/sengiwa/endliwa ya ha hisa - a matter is adressed whilst it is still hot)|
|Mhunti yo tlulatlula Mangulwe u ta yi khoma||An Antelope which is jumping around next to Mangulwe (dogs name). He will catch it|
|Mpfundla wa rivala cucululu||-|
|Muhloti wa tinyarhi tivuya hi yena||Buffalos are chasing a hunter|
|Mundzuku i siku||Tomorrow is a day|
|Mutlhontlhi wa tinyarhi ti vuya hi yena||The one who challenges buffaloes they will chase him|
|N'hwari mbirhi yin'we yi ta tshwa nkanga||If one tries to do more than one thing at the same time. One might not prosper|
|N'wana u tseme mubya||A disobedient child|
|N'wana wa mfenhe a nga tsandziwi hi rhavi||The child of baboon does not fail a branch|
|N'wana wa nyoka i nyoka||The child of snake is a snake|
|N'wana wo ka a nga rili u ta fela a dzobyeni||A child who does not cry will die unnoticed at the back of his mother|
|Nchindzu makukulela ekule||Munhu wo tirhela ehandle a tshika ekaya|
|Ndlela ya khale yi hava muntwa||An old path doesn't have thorns|
|Ndlopfu a yi fi hi rivambu rinwe||An elephant does not die of one (broken) rib. ( Wanuna a nga heli matimba hi khombo rin'we - a man shouldnt give up because of one adversity)|
|Ndzi nge dyeriwi hi ti mpfuvu ndzi nga rimangi e nhlalukweni||I will not allow hippos to eat my produce when I didn't even plough by the marshes|
|Ndzi ta ku komba xancila wa bulubulu||I will show you a mythical creature|
|Nghala yi etlele ni khwiri ra yona||A lion sleeps with its stomach|
|Nghala yi vomba exihlahleni||A lion roars in the bush ( munhu u tiya loko a ri na ka va vona -a person is stronger when he/she is with her own people)|
|Ngoma ayi tichayi||An expert does not boast or talk about his skills. The skills talk for him|
|Ngwenya nkelenge xivutla ni mindzeko||-imunhu wokarhata ngopfu. A very aggressive difficult to deal with person|
|Nhenha yi vonaka enyimpini||A person should display their strength and/or skills against their counterparts . Instead of boasting about them|
|Njiya a yi fani na murhoho||A locust is not the same as a vegetable. Little is better than nothing|
|Nkondzo i malahla||Help a stranger who bewilds into your home. Tomorrow you may bewild into their home|