Shona Proverbs

The Shona are exceedingly rich in proverbs. Proverbs are a cherished and interesting part of their oral literature.

Ane mombe yake anoziva makumiro ayo.

Word definitions kuma: low Translation The owner of a cow knows how it lows. Application One who is well acquainted … Read more

Baba muredzi, mwana kuchema anodaidza mai.

Word definitions muredzi: One who entrusts another with a child’s care Translation A mother, unlike the father, is the true … Read more

Bere zvarakatya, mapapata aro mangani?

Word definitions mapapata: remains – scattered bones, generally of an animal. Translation The hyena might be so cowardly, but how … Read more

Bveni kuipa, kuipa zvaro asi haridyi chakafa choga.

Translation A baboon might be ugly, but it doe not feed on the carcass of an animal that it found … Read more

Chakakodza bere mapfupa.

Word definitions bere: hyena kodza: make fat mapfupa: bones Translation It is bones, that fattened a hyena. Inspiration Hyenas are … Read more

Charovedzera charovedzera, gudo rakakwira mawere kwasviba.

Word definitions rovedzera: become quite accustomed mawere: steep rock face, especially a tall one Translation What one has become accustomed … Read more

Chikomo shata divi, rimwe ritambire pwere.

Word definitions divi: side Translation Hill, be unattractive on one side so that children may play at the other. Inspiration … Read more

Chinono chine ngwe, bere rakadya richifamba.

Word definitions bere: hyena chinono: slowness ngwe: leopard Translation Slowness is a trait of the leopard, a hyena had its … Read more

Chinozipa chinoregwa, zamu ramai takarirega.

Translation Sometimes we have to give up even the good things, just like we had to give up suckling. Inspiration … Read more

Chirambakuudzwa akazoonekwa neropa kudonha.

Translation He who refused advice was later seen bleeding. Application A person who rejects all advice usually falls into serious … Read more

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