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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
Vukati va kandza hi mbiluA strong heart is necessary to make a marriage work
Vukosi i mberhaDirect - Chiefdom is dew
Meaning - Beautiful 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
Vuxaka bya n'hwarhi i ku handza swin'we-
Xandla famba, xandla vuya.Let the hand go and let the hand come back
Xibodze xa mughana a xi chayeriwi notiDirect - Don't whistle to a friend's tortoise
Meaning - 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 torhaDirect - A well which is far away will make you die of thirst
Meaning - Live for today as tomorrow is not guaranteed
Xikomu xi vuyela mbhinyini-
Xikomu xo lomba a xi na ndzimaA borrow ploughing hoe doesn't have a ploughing field
Xilandza nsati a va hlekiA man who goes to get his wife back, shouldn't be made fun of
Ximita ntsengele xi tshemba nkoloHe who swallows a large stone has confidence in the size of his throat
Xinamu xi dlele nkwahleSlowness killed a lizard
Xirhami xi vuyisa nhwana vukatiDirect - Chillness causes a girl to come back to her parents house from her husbands house
Meaning - It is very cold
Xisuti xa mbuti xi tiva hi n'wini wa xonaThe waist of a goat is known by the owner

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