Shona proverbs are a reflection of Shona language, history and culture. They are a cherished and interesting part of Shona oral literature.

Abara atochena mwoyo.

Translation One who bears a child commits themselves to being tolerant. Application Every parent should realise that they are not immune to the possibility of being disappointed by their children, … Read more

Afa haachatyi kuora.

Translation One who has died is no longer afraid to rot. Application One who has decided to carry out a difficult task must not be deterred by any inconvenience, or … Read more

Afa, afa nemuromo wake.

Translation One who has died has died with their mouth. Application When one dies, the things of this world are no longer necessary for them. Life should go on for … Read more

Afira nyora haachemwi.

Word definitions nyora: These are small deep incisions made into the skin, leaving permanent marks after healing. Translation People will not grieve for one who dies from (harm sustained knowingly … Read more

Agara murutsva haatyi kusviba magaro.

Definitions rutsva: area of burnt grass Translation One who sits on burnt veld should be prepared to have his backside soiled. Application One who has decided to carry out a … Read more

Agumhina afamba, hazvienzani naTigere.

Word definitions gumhina: limp Tigere: name which literally means ‘we are seated’ Translation One who has limped has walked, unlike the one who remains seated. Application A small contribution to … Read more

Agura musuva atozva mwoyo, hazvienzani neagere.

Word definitions gura: break off musuva: morsel of sadza taken in the hand when eating. tozva: ease hunger only slightly Translation One who has had a morsel of sadza is … Read more

Aiva madziva, ava mazambuko.

Word Definitions dziva: pool (in river) zambuko: ford Translation What used to be pools are now fords. Application Circumstances sometimes change for the worse and even that which was important … Read more

Aiva maguta ava matongo.

Word Definitions guta: Large village of chief. City. dongo: Abandoned village site. Translation What used to be large villages are now deserted village sites. Application Circumstances sometimes change for the … Read more

Akazvara sekera muchitende.

Word definitions dende: hollowed out and dried gourd used as a container. (Large gourds are also used to mount the mbira musical instrument. The gourd resonates and enriches the sound.) … Read more

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    About Shungu

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    Shungu is the voice behind ZimbOriginal. She has a restless hand and a penchant for discovery. Her upbringing is fairly balanced between an urban and rural setting. The urban - pretty basic and spent almost entirely in boarding school. The rural - not so glorious and filled with all the dreaded chores that come with keeping a rural homestead going. Shungu is a qualified chartered management accountant and currently lives in Harare, Zimbabwe. Learn more.

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