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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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Masasani u fele nhoveniDirect - A person who helps people died in the bushes
Meaning - Those who help others in need normally do not get help when they themselves are in need
Masiku i tinguluveDirect - Days are pigs
Meaning - It means days are plenty
Mavala ya mangwa i man'weDirect - Stripes of a zebra are the same
Meaning - Women are the same
Mavoko ya munhu a ya mili nhovaDirect - Grass cannot grow on a human beings hands
Meaning - You must work hard to succeed
Maxinjani a xi khani ka mbirhiDirect - A squirrel cannot cross your path twice
Meaning - Present luck makes it more unlikely to obtain a similar luck in future
Mbita ya vovo yi dlele tingengendzaDirect - A person who is always sick tends to live longer than those who are more often in good health
Mbuti ya xihaha a yi tswaleli entlhambhiniDirect - A secretive goat does not give birth in a midst
Meaning - Timhaka to lava xihundla a ti vulavuleriwa evanhwini
Mbuti yi dya laha yi nga bohiwa konaDirect - A goat eats where it is tied
Mbyana leyi hanyaka yi tlula nghala leyi fekeDirect - A living dog is better than a dead lion
Mbyana loko yi lava ku ku luma ya n'wayitelaDirect - A dog smiles when it intends to bite you
Mbyana yo vukula a yi lumiDirect - A barking dog does not bite
Mfenhe a yi tivoni makovoDirect - A baboon can't see if he's ugly
Mfenhe loko yi khome vulombe yi famba hi milenge yinharhuDirect - A baboon with honey walks on three legs
Mhisi yi tlakule tshurhiDirect - A hyena stole the food basket
Meaning - Hunger has just attacked a family
Mhuti yi biwa ya ha ri na mahikaDirect - An Antelope is killed while is sighing
Meaning - Mhaka yi tengiwa/endliwa ya ha hisa
Mhuti yo tlulatlula Mangulwe u ta yi khomaDirect - An antelope which is jumping next to a dog named Mangulwe will be caught.
Meaning - A girl who becomes too close or playful to a boy who wants to propose marriage will eventually accept the proposal
Mintirho ya vulavulaDirect - Deeds speak
Mpfundla wa rivala cucululuDirect - A rabbit which forgot to run away from hunters
Muhloti wa tinyarhi ti vuya hi yenaDirect - Buffalos are chasing their hunter
Mundzuku i sikuDirect - Tomorrow is a day
N'hwari mbirhi yin'we yi ta tshwa nkangaDirect - If one tries to do more than one thing at the same time, one might not prosper
N'wana loko a nga rili u ta fela a dzobyeniDirect - A child who does not cry will die unnoticed at the back of his mother
N'wana u tseme mubyaDirect - A disobedient child
N'wana wa mfenhe a nga tsandziwi hi rhaviDirect - The child of baboon does not fail a branch
N'wana wa nyoka i nyokaDirect - An offspring of snake is a snake
Nchindzu makukulela ekuleDirect - Munhu wo tirhela ehandle a tshika ekaya
Ndlela ya khale yi hava muntwaDirect - An old path doesn't have thorns
Ndlopfu a yi fi hi rimbambu rin'weDirect - An elephant does not die of one broken rib
Meaning - A man shouldn't give up because of one adversity
Ndzi nge dyeriwi hi ti mpfuvu ndzi nga rimangi enhlalukweniDirect - I will not allow hippos to eat my produce when I didn't even plough by the marshes
Meaning - Said to defend one's property or rights
Ndzi ta ku komba xancila wa bulubuluDirect - I will show you a mythical creature

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