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Local Proverbs & Idioms
« on: February 04, 2008, 10:14:53 PM »
Here's a thread in which you can put any local proverb & idiom in your local language(African or not) but be sure to interprete it to english for ease of understanding by fellow minders ;)

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 10:20:55 PM »

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 12:08:41 AM »
Eye o ki n so fun eye pe oko n bo

A Bird does not inform the other that a stone is coming towards them, that is u dont have to be told what to do when u sense danger

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008, 12:41:17 AM »
Ti tenikan o ba baje, tenikan o le daa,

Meaning if Naija didn't lose, Ghana wouldn't have won. (i know talk say naija own don spoil o)
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2008, 03:19:44 AM »
Lol... penthouse na for ur mouth i hear am o :D
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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008, 05:49:43 AM »
Eye o ki n so fun eye pe oko n bo

A Bird does not inform the other that a stone is coming towards them, that is u dont have to be told what to do when u sense danger


A similar saying in igbo goes " Anaghi agwa ochi nti na agha esu". it means "u dnt have to tell a deaf person that the market is on fire" and that goes to imply u dnt have to be told to kno that there is danger.

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008, 05:54:24 AM »
"Nwayo nwayo ka eji arach ofe di oku" ...means u have to lick hot soup slowly ..thats u have to be cautious when dealing with a hot situatioin . ( if anyone can explain this better , plz do , but i did to how best i understood it)

egwu dawa gidigidi , agbawa ya gidigidi ..means when the beating of the dums change u have to change ur dance steps ...pretty self explanatory.



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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008, 09:23:55 AM »
Kelly nawa o

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008, 11:04:24 AM »
"nwata bulie nna ya elu , ogodo ya ayochie ya anya" ...means if a child lifts his father up , his fathers wrapper ( cloth ) will cover his eyes which means u shouldnt try to outsmart ur father/elders cos u prolly wont succeed.

nwata kwocha aka osoro ogaranya rijuo nri afo ( when a child washes his hands he joins d wealthy to eat)

aka aja aja na ebute onu mmanu mmanu ( if u work u eat)

egwu ana atu afo oburu uzo? ( Is the stomach scared to come first?)


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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2008, 05:44:38 PM »
Men I don learn many many today o. ANd e make sense die.
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2008, 11:42:47 PM »
Ti igbin ba fa, karaun a tele

When a snail moves the shell follows

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2008, 12:16:43 AM »
aimasiko lon damu eda, oro mi lowo oluwa lo wa.

Man worries about his destiny but mine is in the hands of my creator.
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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2008, 09:48:38 AM »
ki yanyan ashi ki kwob,ki bel ushi


Anything that becomes too long becomes a snake
(treat issues when they start than when they get out of hand!)Prevention is better than cure :P
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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2008, 10:35:12 AM »
Ka zi zan zan ka kpa li ze.

Eat little at a time to last a life time.

(Take it little at a time and you wil get there!)
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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2008, 11:02:47 AM »
Which language be that sparkle

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2008, 03:41:19 PM »
Sparkle, which language be dat o, abi na Zulu? E make sense sha.
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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2008, 09:22:16 PM »
Aje ke lana, Omo ku leni, ta ni o mo pe aje ana lo pomo je - The witch cried yesterday, the child died today; who does not know that it is yesterday's witch that killed the child for (spiritual) food.

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2008, 09:37:35 PM »
Opa ti won fi n na Iyale na ni a ma fi n na Iyawo

The second wife is beaten with the same rod used in beating the first wife

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2008, 09:45:24 PM »
Opa ti won fi n na Iyale na ni a ma fi n na Iyawo
Owe e o pe. Wetin 'won' and 'a' take correspond? You no sabi grammar.

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2008, 09:56:51 PM »
Iwo lo mo o, oya se atun se si

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2008, 10:04:37 PM »
Opa ti won fi n na Iyale na ni won ma fi n na Iyawo
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Opa ti a fi n na Iyale na ni a o fi n na Iyawo

The second wife is beaten with the same rod used in beating the first wife

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2008, 10:11:32 PM »
Se iwo ni o ti sare na iyawo ati iyale ni pelu opa kan naa, nitori emi ko i ti bere si ni lo opa mi

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2008, 11:54:40 PM »
Paapa ju lo, ki n se opa... 'Pasan' ni

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2008, 09:20:21 AM »
Opa naa ni won mean ni inu owe naa, ki i se pasan, reason ti o fi je wipe won lo iyawo ati iyale ni yen

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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2008, 02:47:56 PM »
Dadp, wich kin opa/pasan be dat, is that the so called muscular snake?
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Re: Local Proverbs & Idioms
« Reply #25 on: January 01, 2009, 09:16:21 PM »
Actually.. it's: pasan ti won fi na iyale n be laja oke fun iyawo...
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« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2009, 11:08:04 PM »
Actually.. it's: pasan ti won fi na iyale n be laja oke fun iyawo...
Good of u, have u been beaten with that "pasan" before, either personal "pasan" or general

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