#Swahili Proverbs: Translated to #English

http://swahiliproverbs.afrst.illinois.edu/proverbs.htm
“Methali: POLE POLE NDIO MWENDO

Meaning: Slow, slow is the way to go/slowness is the better locomotion.

Application: Being steady and keen is important when performing given tasks.

Methali: HARAKA HARAKA HAINA BARAKA

Meaning: Hurry, hurry, has no blessings.

Application: More haste less speed. It is important to do a given assignment well and not to hurry for the sake of completing it.

Methali: DAWA YA MOTO NI MOTO

Meaning: The remedy for fire is fire.

Application: Tit for tat. Tough situations require bold decisions and leadership.

Methali: MTU NI WATU

Meaning: A person is people.

Application: No man is an island. Every person needs the company/help of others.

Methali: TISA KARIBU NA KUMI

Meaning: Nine is near ten.

Application: Never give up when you are about to complete a task or nearing the end.

Methali: AKILI NI MALI

Meaning: Intelligence is an asset.

Application: Knowledge can be used to better ones life.

Methali: HABA NA HABA HUJAZA KIBABA

Meaning: Little by little fills up the measure.

Application: Great investments are borne out of small savings. A great journey is begun by a single mile.

Methali: HASIRA HASARA

Meaning: Anger brings damage.

Application: Prudence is important in decision making.

Methali: MTOTO WA NYOKA NI NYOKA

Meaning: The child of a snake is a snake.

Application: Like father like son. The apple does not fall away from its tree. Good behavior is learnt and a child learns what he lives.

Methali: TABIA NI NGOZI

Meaning: Habit is a skin.

Application: It is difficult to change ones habits/ character.

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