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Ada ya mja hunena, mwungwana ni kitendo.It is customary for a slave to talk, but a free man acts. (Mja is only used in this way in this proverb, otherwise it would be - a foreigner)

Adhabu ya kaburi, aijua maiti. The torture of the grave is known only to the dead. (The one who wears the shoes knows where they pinch.One who has personally experienced poverty, need and suffering, knows how difficult life can be.) 

Afua ni mbili, kufa na kupona. Deliverance(from ill luck or disaster) is of two kinds, to die or to get better(live). 

Afugaye ng’ombe tume, mwenye maziwa la kujaza.He who keeps a healthy cow will have plenty of milk.(If you are diligent, you will enjoy the fruit of your labour.)

Ahadi ni deni. A promise is a debt.(A promise is binding. A trustworthy person keeps his word.) 

Aibu ya maiti, aijua mwosha.The real shame of the dead is only known by the Moritician. (No man is a hero to his wife.You get to know the weak aspects of another person´s character through closer contact.)

Aisifuye mvua / jua, imemnyea / limemwangaza. He who praises rain / sun has been rained on / has been shone on by the sun.(He who talks of man's goodness is one who has benefited by it)

Ajali haina kinga wala kufara. Fate has no prevention or sacrifice of avail.

Ajidhaniye amesimama, aangalie asianguke..He who believes to be standing firm, should be careful not to fall. (The moment you presume all is well, trouble is likely to start.)

Akaaye karibu na moto, huandaliwa mwanzo.If you sit near to the fire (where the food is being cooked), you will be the first to be served. (Maintain good relations with influential persons. Keep close to those in power. Take advantage of good opportunties. It will help you to prosper. You are at an advantage if you be in the right place at the right time.) 

Akiba haiozi. A reserve(savings) does not decay.(Put something away for a rainy day). 

Akiba si mbi (mbaya), na ingawa kumbi.Savings are not bad, even if they are only coconut fibres. (Savings will be of benefit to you, even if they be of a meagre value now.) 

Akikaanga, tu chini ya gae. When he fries, we are under the frying pan.(The walls have ears.Somebody always finds out a secret)

Akili (ni) mali.Knowledge is (brings) wealth. (If you acquire higher studies or have learnt a profession, you will be able to maintain yourself.)

Akili ni nywele; kila mtu ana zake. Reasoning is like hair, every person has his own. No two people are alike.

Akili nyingi huondowa maarifa. Too much wit diminishes wisdom,intelligence. (Too much thought overlooks the wisdom.If you believe that you are more intelligent than others and ignore good advice given to you, you are likely to underestimate difficulties and go astray.) 

Akipenda chongo huita, huona kengeza. If he loves, he will call a one-eyed person a squinter. (Love is blind)

Akishindwa sultani, raia huweza nini?.When even the king knows no solution to a problem, what can a citizen do to solve it? (Listen to the advice of people more competent than you. Keep within your limits.) 

Akitaka kaa, mpe moto..If he wants a piece of charcoal give him fire. (If someone is looking for a quarrel, give him “hell”. If someone needs help from you, be generous.) 

Akomapo mwenyeji na mgeni koma papo..Where the native stops, the guest should stop too. (If you are living in a foreign country, adapt yourself to the customs of the people there.) 

Akufukuzaye hakwambii, Toka!.The person who wants to drive you away, does not say, ”Get out!” (When you feel that your presence is unwanted, retire gracefully at the right moment. Carefully observe the attitude of others towards you.) 

Akumulikaye mchana; usiku akuchoma. He who shines a light on you during the day, sets fire to you during the night.(shows your inconsistencies and destroys your reputation at night)(He who flatters you is a hypocrite. He wants to expolit you.) 

Akupaye kisogo si mwenzio. He who turns his back on you is not your friend. 

Akupigaye, ndiye akufunzaye..He who beats you is the one who teaches you.(Rigid discipline is necessary in educational matters.)

Akutendaye mlipe.Reward a person who does good to you. 

Akutendaye mtende; usimche asiyekutenda. Harm him who harms you and fear him who harms you not.(Better to have an enemy whom you know well, than to associate with a friendly person whose background and intentions are vague and not transparent.) 

Alalaye usimwamshe; ukimwamsha, utalala wewe. Don't awake one who is asleep; if you awake him, remember you too will sleep. Let sleeping dogs lie.

Alisifuyejua, limemwangaza. He who praised the sun, now has the sun shining on him.

Aliyekando, haangukiwi na mti. He who stays to the side will not be hit by a falling tree.

Aliyeko juu, mungojee chiniWait at the bottom of the ladder for the one who is at the top of it.Play your part.

Aliyekupa wewe kiti, ndiye alinipa mimi kumbi. He who gave you a chair(throne) is the one who gave me a coconut husk. (Do not despise me because of my station in life)

Aliyepandisha wengine ngazini, hupigwa teke menoni.. The one who has helped others climb the ladder, gets kicked in the teeth. (Do not expect gratitude from anyone you have helped.

Aliyepata fedha, hutaka kuiliza.. He who has received money, wants to make it sound.(Those who were paupers and then got rich, like to show off.) 

Aliyetota, hajui kutota. He who has drowned, does not know how to drown. (If you have nothing, you know not poverty.)

Amani haipatikani ila kwa ncha ya upanga. Peace is not possible except by the point of a sword.(If you want peace, prepare for war. If you are bold and resistant, you will not be easily subject to ill-treatment.)

Ambiwao ngano, naye ana zake.. The one who is told a story, he himself has his own story. (The one listening to your story, knows when you are telling tales.) 

Amekula ngano.He has eaten wheat. (A person does harm to himself by disobeying the given laws and regulations.In Islam, the forbidden fruit is wheat.)

Amepata fimbo, atapata mambo..He has a walking stick (symbol of power,insignia), he will have matters(power). (Status wields power.)

Amerudisha tende Manga..He has returned dates to Arabia.(Arabia exports dates. It makes no sense doing useless work.He is preaching to the choir.) 

Amnyimae punda adesi, kampunguzia mashuzi. He who withholds lentils from a donkey, reduces the donkey's farts.

Ana hasira za mkizi. He is as angry as a cuttlefish(a fish which jump out of the water and lands on a boat or beach, killing itself). (Out of the frying pan and into the fire)

Anayekataa wengi ni mchawi. He who does not like crowds(company) is a sorcerer.(He who avoids people has something to hide)

Anayekuja pasina hodi, huondoka pasina kuaga. He who comes without asking to enter, will leave without saying goodby.(Untrustworthy)

Anayeonja asali, huchonga mzinga. He who tastes honey will build a hive.

Anayetaka hachoki; hata akichoka kishapata. He who wants does not tire; when he tires he has what he wants.

Angeenda juu kipungu, hafikilii mbinguni. Even though the hawk flies high, it does not reach heaven.

Angepaa kipungu, marejeo ni mtini.The eagle may soar upwards, but he will return to his tree. (We may go abroad, but will return home one day. We are inclined to go back to our roots.) 

Angurumapo simba, mcheza nani? Where the lion roars, who will play?(consider your place in society before challenging)

Amini uonayo, siyo uyasikiayo.Trust what you see, do not believe what you hear. (Trust facts, not rumours (gossip).)

Amnyimaye punda adesi, kampunguzia mashuzi..He who withholds lentils from a donkey, reduces his farts.

Ana hasira za mkizi..He has the temper of a cuttle-fish. (A hot-temper causes rash action.)

Ana usingizi kama pono.He sleeps like a pono-fish. (He is lazy and lethargic.)

Anikataaye, nami namkataa..He who rejects me, I too reject him . 

Aninyimae mbuzi kanipunguzia mashuzi. . One who with holds goat meat from me, reduces my farts. (Do not add coal to the fire.)

Anipendaye, nami nampenda.I shall love the one who loves me.

Apataye, si mwenzioHe who gets rich is no longer your friend. (Those who prosper are inclined to forget their origins.)

Apewaye ndiye aongezwaye. He who is given is the one who is given even more.(The rich get richer. God has his own preferences.) 

Aisifuye mvua, imemnyeshea..He who praises rain has been rained upon.(The one who has profited from something also knows to appreciate it. Also... The moment you presume all is well, trouble is likely to start.)

Asali na shurubat, hayana ladha moja .Honey and syrup do not have the same taste.

Ashibaye, hamjui mwenye njaa..He who has his fill, does not know the needs of a hungry person. (The rich take care of themselves and ignore the underprivileged.)

Asimamaye haendi mbio, hajafukuzwa..The one who stands (firm), does not move quickly or easily but has not been chased away. (It is not easy to dislodge a dignitary once he is in power, but it is possible.) 

Asiyebahati habahatiki(shi). He who is unlucky is never lucky.

Asiyefunzwa na mamaye, hufunzwa na ulimwengu. He who is not taught by his mother, is taught by the world.(Spare the rod, spoil the child)

Asiyejua maana, haambiwi maana. He who does not know reason cannot be told reason.(You cannot teach a fool.)

Asiyekubali kushindwa, si mshindani. He who does not admit defeat or agree to lose, is not a competitor, fighter or debater.(Some people will never admit they are wrong)

Asiyekujua hakuthamini. He who does not know you, does not value you.

Asiyekuwapo machoni, na moyoni hayupo. He who is not in sight, is not in the heart.(Out of sight, out of mind.)

Asiyekuwapo na lake halipo. He who is absent loses his share.

Asiye na kumi, ana moja.He who does not have ten, has at least one. (No one is totally destitute with no talents at all.) 

Asiye na mengi, ana machache. He who does not have much, has few problems.

Asiyepo haangukiwiThe one who is not there, nothing will fall on him. (He who stands aloof from others avoids difficulties.) 

Asiyesikia la mkuu(wazee), huona makuu(huvunja guu) He who does not listen to the leader(elders), comes to grief(breaks a leg).

Asiyeuliza, hanalo ajifunzalo. He who does not ask, does not have what he needs to learn.

Atambaaye na nyasi, mtambulie ni nyoka..If you hear something creeping in the grass, take it for granted that it is a snake. (If someone flatters you, take it for granted that he wants something.) from you.

Atangaye sana na jua hujuwa. He who always wanders around in the sun(by day)learns much. (The more you see, the more you learn) (Keep your eyes open)

Atangazaye mirimo si mwana wa ruwari. The one who announces the tasks is not necessarily the son of the Liwali(headman). Don't kill the messenger.

Auguaye huangaliwa. He who is sick is cared for.

Avuaye nguo huchutama. He who removes his clothes, squats.(Do not display in public. If you have made a mistake, lie low.)

Avumaye baharini papa (kumbe wengine wapo). At the seaside, it is the shark which has a bad name(Giving a dog a bad name).The shark may be the "catch", but there are other fish in the sea.

 

 
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Baada ya dhiki faraja. After hardship comes relief.(After a storm there is calm. Every cloud has a silver lining.)

Baada ya kisa mkasa. Baada ya chanzo kitendo. Tit for tat. 

Baba wa kando si baba.. A step-father is not a father.(Blood is thicker than water.) 

Bamba na waume ni bamba; hakuna bamba la mume. A council of many men is a council; there is no council of one man alone.

Bandu bandu huisha gogo. Cutting small chips finishes the log. 

Baniani mbaya kiatu chake dawa. A bad Indian but his boot is medicine.(His wares are good.)

Bendera hufuata upepo. A flag flies in the direction of the wind.(A person who has no steadafast character wavers according to time and trends.)

Biashara haigombi.In business there are no quarrels.(A trader does not quarrel with his customers.)

Bilashi, bilashi, katu haitoshi..For nothing, for nothing, never satisfies. (If you give someone something he has not worked for, he will not appreciate it.)

Bilisi wa mtu ni mtu. The evil spirit of a man is (himself)in him. (He is his own worst enemy).

Binadamu ni majembe - ukiyaweka pamoja yatagongana..Human beings are like hoes - If you place them near each other they will clash. 

Bora afya kuliko mali. It is better to be healthy than wealthy.

Bura(inferior cloth) yangu si badili na rehani(debwani)(a superior cloth). What I have, I will not change for another's.(We can value our own even if it is inferior compared to another.It is better to be content with what you own, than to borrow and show off.)

Bure ni malio, pasipo na sikio..It is useless to cry, where there is no one listening to you. (Solve your own problems, do not depend on others.)
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Cha kichwa kitamu, na cha mkia kitamu..If the head is sweet (tasty), the tail is sweet (tasty) too. (If the beginning was good, the end will be good, too.) 

Cha kuvunda, hakina ubani. Stench cannot be masked even by incense.(Once the reputation of a person has been ruined, it is difficult to set it right again.)

Cha kuvunja, hakina rubani.. That which is broken, has no helmsman. 

Cha mlevi huliwa na mgema.The drunkard's money/property/well-being is consumed by the palm-wine trapper.

Chanda chema huvikwa pete. A handsome/pretty finger gets the ring. 

Chema chajiuza, kibaya chajitembeza. A good thing/deed/word sells itself(is successful), a bad thing treads on itself(destroys itself).

Chema hakikai..A good thing does not stay long. (Happy days are a passing shadow. Good luck and happiness are fragile and short-lived.)

Chembe na chembe ni mkate.Grains added together make bread. (Small things add up) 

Chombo cha kuzama(kuvunja) hakina usukani(rubani). A sunk vessel(damaged) has no rudder(helmsman). What is predestined is inevitable. 

Chombo hakienda ila kwa nyenzo. A vessel does not sail without something propelling it.

Chombo kilichopikiwa samaki hakiachi kunuka vumba. A pot in which fish has been cooked cannot avoid a fishy smell.(Once tarnished, a reputation is ruined.) 

Chovya,chovya yamaliza buyu la asali. Constant dripping will empty the gourd of honey.(Little by little(waste)and it is gone)

Chui hageuki madoamadoa.A leopard does not change its spots.

Chukua maji, hata ukifikilie maji..Carry water with you until you find fresh water.

Chungu kibovu, kimekuwa magae. The pot with the defect has become a potsherd (a heap of fragments). (That which is poorly made is reduced to rubble. Poor planning leads to failure.)

Chungu kikuu, hakikosi ukoko.A cooking utensil which has been used for long usually has a crust at the bottom. 

Chunguni yaingiayo, ni mambo yatufaayo..Things which enter the collection(pile)(pot) are those which are useful for us.(We keep that which is useful to us.) 
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Dalili ya mvua mawingu. The sign of rain is clouds .

Damu nzito kuliko maji. Blood is thicker than water.

Dau la mnyonge haliendi joshi; likienda joshi ni mungu kupenda. The poor, feeble man's boat does not go straight ahead; if it does, it is because god wills it.

Dawa ya moto ni moto. The remedy to fire is fire. (Fire must be met with fire.)

Debe shinda haliachi kutika. Cans not empty still make noise. 

Dua la kuku halimpati mwewe. The curse of the fowl does not bother the kite.(The fowl cannot fly from the hawk.)

Dunia duwara.The world is round. (Do no harm to anyone, lest you meet him again.)

Dunia huleta jema na ovu.The world brings good and bad things. 

Dunia mti mkavu, kiumbe siulemee(usiulemee).This world is a withered tree.(This world as a place of sorrow compared to bliss in heaven.Do not trust it.)

Dunia mwenda wa ngisi, kamwe msiliwale (msilisahau).The world moves like an octopus, never forget that. (The ways of the “world” are unpredictable.) 

Duniani ni msiba na furaha, kuna ugonjwa na siha.In life there is misfortune and joy, there is sickness and wealth. (Take things as they come.) 
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Elimu bahari, haina kuta wala dari. Knowledge is an ocean, it has neither walls nor a roof. 
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 Fadili mpe mama, na Mola takubarikiGive your mother grace and gratitude and God will bless you. 

Fadhili ya nyuki ni moto. A bee's thanks is fire.(Bees are smoked out for their honey.)

Fadhila ya punda ni mateke(mashuzi). The gratitude of a donkey is a kick(fart).(Learn to deal with ingratitude)

Faragha ya nyani, huishia ngokoni.The privacy of a monkey ends up at the red spot at his behind. 

Fahali wawili hawakai zizi moja. Two bulls cannot remain in the same pasture.

Fedha fedheha..Money is a disgrace. (Money is a temptation to do evil.)

Figa moja, haliinjiki chungu..One stone will not support a cooking-pot. 

Fimbo ya mbali hayiuwi nyoka. A distant weapon does not kill a snake..

Fimbo la mnyonge mlifi Mungu.The walking stick of a poor person is paid for by God.

Fuata nyuki ule asali. Follow bees and you will eat honey.

Fumbo mfumbie mjinga mwerevu huligangua. A riddle to a fool is unsolvable but a clever person will solve it.

Fungato haliumizi kuni..The knot does not hurt the firewood.
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Ganda la muwa la jana chungu kaona kivuno. The skin of yesterday's sugarcane is a havest to an ant.
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Haba na haba hujaza kibaba. Little by little fills up the measure.

Habari ya uwongo, ncha zake saba, habari ya kweli, ncha yake moja..A lie has seven edges(interpretations), while the truth has just one(interpretation). 

Haidhuru, inadhuru..Carlessness is harmful.

Haishi matendi, ni kama hatendi. He who does not finish his work, is like someone who did not work.

Hajuliki mwema na muovu..It is difficult to distuinguish between a good and a bad person.

Hakuna apandaye ngazi, bila kujua njia wa kuteremka.No one climbs a ladder, if he does not know how to descend. (Keep within your limits.)

Hakuna bahari, isiyo na mawimbi..There is no sea without waves.

Hakuna kisicho badali.There is nothing that cannot be replaced.

Hakuna kisicho nduguye.There is no thing without its brother. 

Hakuna marefu yasiyo na ncha. There is nothing so long that has no end.

Hakuna masika yasiyokuwa na mbu. There are no heavy rains that do not bring mosquitoes. It is an ill wind that brings no good. 

Hakuna msiba usio na mwenziwe. There is no unaccompanied misfortune. 

Hakuna raha isiyo na karaha.There is no joy without disgust.

Hakuna siri ya watu wawili.There is no secret between two people.

Hakuna zaidi mbovu. There is no increase to that which is rotten.

Hali ya kaburi, mwulize maiti..Ask the dead about the grave.

Hamadi ni iliyo bindoni; silaha ni iliyo mkononi. That which you have in your pocket is your safeguard; that which you have in your hand is your weapon.

Hana (kitu) mbele (yake), hana (kitu) nyuma (yake). He has no past nor no future.(He has no geneology or family tradition.)

Hapana marefu yasio na mwisho. There is no distance that has no end.

Hapana siri ya watu wawili. There is no secret when two people are involved.

Haraka haraka haina baraka. Hurry has no blessing.

Hasara humfikia mwenye mabezo..Loss comes to a negligent person.

Hasira, hasara. Anger brings loss(damage).

Hasira za mkizi, tijara ya mvuvi..The anger of the cuttlefish(they are known to jump out of the water and into the boat) is the gain of the fisherman.

Hauchi hauchi unakucha. Haya wi hayawi huwa. Time waits for no man.

Heri adui mwerevu, kuliko rafiki (mwenzi) mpumbavu.. A clever enemy is better than a foolish friend.

Heri jirani karibu kuliko ndugu mbali. A neighbour nearby is better than a distant relative.(Love the one you're with)

Heri kufa macho kuliko kufa moyo. It is better to lose your eyesight than to lose heart.

Heri kukwaa kidole kuliko kukwaa ulimi. It is better to stumble with the toe than the tongue.

Heri kujikwa kidole kuliko ulimi. It is better to stub your toe than your tongue.

Heri kuliwa na simba, kuliko kuliwa na fisi.It is better to be eaten up by a lion, than by a hyena.(You are alive when eaten by a lion(bravery),but dead when eaten by a hyena.It is better to be beaten by a brave person than a coward.)

Heri kuwa mbichi, kuliko kuungua..It is better to be under cooked than burnt(not edible).

Heri nusu ya shari kuliko shari kamili. Better half of something evil than all of it(a complete disaster).(Be thankful for small mercies.

Heri ya mrama, kuliko kuzama..It is better to go astray, than to drown.

Hiari kushinda utumwa. Choice is better than to be compelled.(Freedom is better than slavery)

Hucheka kovu asiye kuwa na jeraha. He who laughs at a scar has not had a wound.

Hulimbikwa nazi, juu ya minazi..The coconuts are left on the palm trees until such a time as they are well ripened. 
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 Ihsani (hisani)haiozi. Kindness does not rot.(Kindness is never forgotten.)

Ikiwa hujui kufa,tazama kaburi. If you don't know death(what it is like), look at the grave.

Iwapo nia njia hupatikana. Penye njia pana njia. Where there is a will there is a way.

Ivumayo haidumu..That which makes a big noise does not last long.
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Jawabu ya kesho huandaa leo..The answer for tomorrow is prepared today. (Plan today the solutions for tomorrows problems.)

Jicho liliona vilima halistuki na bonde..The eye that has seen mountains is not startled by valleys.(Mastered major challenges trivialize minor challenges. 

Jimbi tawika (atawika) jimbi, awikapo tawikia (atawika).. A cock will crow to a cock who in return will crow.( Braggarts encourage each other.)

Jina jema hung'ara gizani. A good name shines in the dark.

Jino la pembe si dawa ya pengo. An ivory tooth(elephant's)is not a cure for a gap(lost tooth). (A substitute, however grand, is never equal to the original.) 

Jitihadi haiondoi kudura ya mungu. Great effort does is not a substitute for faith(will of god).(What reason does a poor man, subject to injustice, have to believe)in God? 

Jitahidi utajidi.. Pursue with great effort and you will have more.(If you work hard, you will prosper.)

Jivu halijai, gao la mkono. Ashes do not fill an open hand.

Jogoo wa shamba hawiki mjini. The village cock does not crow in town. (Though wealthy, a countryman will be very challenged to excel in town. You are more comfortable and successful in familiar surroundings.) 

Juzi na jana, si kama ya leo..The day before yesterday and yesterday are not the same as today. (Things change.Do not use the past to evaluate the present.)
 
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