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Wolof Proverbs

June 27, 2013


Wolof Proverbs

Bala nga koy xam, xamadi dina la rey – Before you know it, ignorance will kill you!

bor du am rakk – Debt does not have a younger sibling

dangay laaj mbot u genam – You are asking a frog about his tail

duma jend jay ci pax – I won’t buy a serpent in the hole

Janax du jur lu dul luy gas – A rat only begets that which digs.

Ku bëgg lem, ñeme yamb – Whoever wants honey must brave the bees.

Lu bant yàgg-yàgg ci ndox, du tax mu soppaliku mukk jasig –
Even if a log soaks a long time in water, it will never become a crocodile.

Musiba du yem ci boppu boroom – An epidemic is not confined to the one from whom it originates.

ndank ndank mooy jaap golo ci ñaay – Slowly, slowly to catch a monkey in the forest.

Ndox du fatte yoon am – Water does not forget its path.

Nen du bëre ak doj! – An egg should not wrestle with a rock!

ñit ni lay garabam – People are medicine for people

Tungune du teew ñuy nataal – No need to draw a picture of a dwarf (to depict what one is like), if one is standing before you.

Wax soxu fetal la; su reccee, dabu ko wees – Words are like bullets; if they escape, you can’t catch them again.

Xam sa bopp moo gëna nu wax la ko – Knowing one’s self is better than for others to have to tell you.

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