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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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XitsongaEnglish
Nomu a wu taleriwi hi nambuA mouth can cross any river
Nsinya wa le ndzelekanini a wu na n'winyiA tree grown in the boundaries have no owner
Nyoka yo yi vona a yi lumiA snake which you can see can't bite you
Nyuku wa mbyana wu helela a voyeniThe sweat of a dog finishes in it's fur. To work for no reward
Rintiho rin'we a ri nusi hove.One finger cannot pick a grain
Risokoti ri dlele ndlopfuAn ant killed an elephant
Sasela vanunguHelping others
Siku ra ngati a ri tshukiA day of blood is never red
Timpfuvu timbirhi a ti tshami xidziveni xinweTwo hippos cannot stay in the same deep water
Tinghala timbirhi ta chavanaTwo lions fear each other
Tinhlanga ta le ndzhaku ti tiviwa hi mutlhaveri wa tona.The tattooing marks made on the back are known by the tattooer (not by the tattooed)
Tolo a nga ha vuyiYesterday will not come back
U nga dlayi nyoka u yi ndzuluta, ta micele ta ku vonaDo not kill a snake and swing it. The ones inside the holes are watching you
U nga hlawuli nkuku wa mhangeleOne must not choose the male of the guinea-fowl
U nga sahi nsinya hi vuxika, u ta tshwa hi mumu hi malangaDo not cut the tree in winter. You will burn by sun in summer
U nga teki mali u bohela enengeni wa mpfuvuDo not tie money in the leg of hippopotamus
U nga teki sava u ba ngwenyaDon't take sand and hit a crocodile. U nga teki leswi ntsongo leswi u nga na swona u nyika loyi a nga na swotala
Vana va munhu va tsemelana nhloko ya njiyaSiblings are sharing the head of locust
Vuhosi a byi peli nambuChiefdom does not cross the river
Vukati va kandza hi mbiluA strong heart is necessary to make a marriage work
Vukosi i mberhaBeautiful things end
Vusiwana byi na xilandzu-
Vusiwana i vuloyiPoverty is often from witchcraft
Vutlhari bya mhangele i ku hubutaThe wisdom of a guinea fowl is being early
Vutomi Life is a wheel
Xandla famba, xandla vuya.Let the hand go and let the hand come back
Xibodze xa mughana a xi chayeriwi notiDon't whistle to a friend's tortoise. Unga tshembi swilo swa un'wana
Xihlovo a xi dungiwi loko u heta ku nwa matiDo not close the well after having drunk
Xihlovo xa le mahlweni i madlayisa torhaLeave for today as tomorrow is not guaranteed. Never assume that tomorrow will be better than today
Xikomu xi vuyela mbhinyini-

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