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RE: Methali Za Kiswahili
-M-Maafuu hapatilizwi. You dont take vengeance on silliness.
Macho haambiwi tazama. One who has eyes does not need to be told to look.
Macho hayana pazia. Eyes have no screens or shades. (They see all that is within view)
Mafahali wawili hawakai zizi moja. Two bulls can not live in the same pasture.
Mahaba haiwi mlango. Moyo hauna kishiko.. Love has no doorway(which is opened or closed). The heart has no handles.
Maisha hayana pato, hutupita kama ndoto.. Life has no profit,it passes us by like a dream.
Maiti haulizwi sanda. The dead are not asked for their shrouds.
Maji hufuata mkondo. Water follows the current. (Swim with the current.Take the easy way. following without discerning judgement.)
Maji huteremka bondeni, hayapandi mlima. Water flows down the valley, it does not climb the hill.
Maji ukiyavuliya nguo huna budi kuyaogelea. You do not have no choice but to bathe in the water in which you washed your clothes.
Maji usiyoyafika hujui wingi wake. You do not know the size of the waters until you have reached them.
Maji yaenda njia yake.. Water flows in it's own path.
Maji ya kifuu ni bahari ya chungu. The water in a coconut is like an ocean to an ant. A small thing to one is a big deal to another.
Maji ya moto, hayachomi nyumba..Hot water does not burn a house.
Maji yakija hupwa. When the tide rises, it will fall.
Maji yaliyomwagika hayazoleki. The water which has spilt cannot be gathered.
Maji ya nazi, yataka uvugulio tu..Coconut juice needs only a small hole to leak through.(Just a small mistake and all may be lost)
Maji ya pondo, hayataki tanga.. Shallow water(where a punting pole is used)does not require a sail.
Majumba makubwa husitiri mambo. Big houses conceal a lot.
Majuto ni mjukuu. Regrets are like grandchildren.(They never end.)
Mali ya bahili huliwa na wadudu. A miser's possessions are eaten by insects.
Mambo ya mbele, giza ya wele.. Matters of the future is darkness to a sick person.
Mambo ya nyumba, ni kinga.. Matters of a house (household)are sheltered(protected,guarded).
Manahodha wengi chombo huenda mrama. With many captains, the ship sails astray.(Too many cooks spoil the broth)
Maneno makali hayavunji mfupa. Harsh words do not break a bone.
Maneno mema hutowa nyoka pangoni. Pleasant words will draw the snake from its hole.
Maneno mengi si haja, maneno mengi si huja..Many words are not necessary, they will not cause something to happen. (Many words do not make an argument convincing.)
Mapaka wengi, hayamkamati panya.. Many large cats do not catch mice.(Too many bosses spoil(complicate) the project.
Mapema maivu, mapema maovu.. Early to ripen, early to rot(spoil). (Matters(young people) must be given time to mature or they will self- destruct.)
Mapenzi ni kikohozi, hayawezi kufichika..Love is like a cough, it cannot be hidden.
Mapenzi ni majani, popote penye mbolea huotea.Love is like grass, where there is sufficient manure it grows.
Mara changu, mara chako..Now it is mine, now it is yours.(That which is given to you can be easily taken away.) Maskini hana imani.A poor man has no faith.(A poor man has no reason to believe in God.)
Maskini haokoti, akiokota huambiwa kaiba. A poor person does not gather/accumulate things, if he does he is accused of stealing.
Maskini na mwanawe, tajiri na mali yake.To a poor man his child and to a rich man his wealth.
Masikio hayapiti kichwa.. The ears are not greater than the head.(Do not allow what you hear overcome your judgement)
Mavi usioyala, wayawingiani kuku? Why drive away fowls from the dung you do not eat yourself? (Those who have, do not share their surplus with the poor .)
Mavi ya kale hayanuki. Old droppings do not stink.(Leave the past behind.)
Mbinu hufuata mwendo. A double jointed arm moves in one motion. (Like father like son)
Mbio za sakafuni huishia ukingoni. The lay of the roof finishes at the edge.(The end is at the edge)
Mbiu ya mgambo ikilia ina jambo. When an buffalo-horn sounds, there is something of importance.(The sound of the buffalo horn is followed by an important announcement.)
Mbuge hawezi kujenga nyumba.. One who constantly eats(glutton,greedy) cannot build a house.
Mbuzi wa maskini, hazai mapacha..A poor man's goat does not bear twins.(The poor are destined to poverty.)
Mbuzi wa mkata, atakufa utasa..The poor man’s goat will die barren. (Misfortune breeds misfortune.)
Mbwa hafi maji, akiona ufuko.. A dog does not drown if it can see the shore.
Mchagua jembe si mkulima. One who selects a hoe is not necessarily a real farmer.
Mchagua nazi, hupata koroma. He who selects coconuts with great care, will find one which has just ripened.
Mchakacho ujao, halulengwi na jiwe. When there is a sudden noise in the bush, you do not immediately throw a stone at it.
Mchama ago hanyeli, huenda akauya papo. A traveller does not make a mess where he had made a camp as he might one day come back.
Mchana semani usiku lalani.Talk during daytime, sleep at night. (There is a proper time for all things.)
Mcheka kilema, hafi bila kumfika..He who laughs at a cripple will not die before becoming one himself. (If you mock those in trouble, your turn will come someday.)
Mchele moja mapishi mengi. Rice is rice but they are many ways of cooking it.
Mchelea bahari si msafiri. He who fears the sea cannot be a traveller.
Mchelea mwana, kulia hulia yeye. He who is apprehensive about a child, will himself cry.(Spare the rod, spoil the child)
Mcheka kilema hafi bila kumpata. He who laughs at a cripple will not die without becoming one himself.
Mcheza hawi kiwete, ngoma yataka matao. A dancer will not become crippled as long as the dance needs him.
Mcheza kwao hutuzwa. He who dances at home will be rewarded.
Mcheza na tope humrukia. He who plays with mud will get splashed.
Mchezea zuri, baya humfika. He who ridicules the good will be overtaken by evil.
Mchimba kisima huingia mwenyewe. He who digs a well enters it by choice.
Mchofu halali kitanda cha mbali.. A tired person does not sleep on a bed which is far away.
Mchimba kisima, hakatazwi maji..A well-digger is not refused water.
Mchonga mwiko hukimbiza mkono wake. The maker of wooden spoons makes quick work of it.
Mchonya asali hachonyi mara moja. He who dips his finger in honey does not do it once.
Mchovya asali hachovi mara moja. He who dips his finger into honey does not dip it once.
Mchuma janga hula na wakwao. He who earns calamity, eats it with his family.
Mchumia juani hula kivulini. He who earns his living in the sun, eats in the shade.
Mchunga haziki..A shepherd does not bury.(One who takes care of something does not want to see it's demise.)
Mdharau biu hubiuka yeye. He who hates (ridicules) a deformed person will become deformed himself.
Mema na mabaya ndio ulimwengu. Good and bad are in the world.
Meno ya mbwa hayaumani. The teeth of a dog do not hurt each other.(Brothers do not harm one another when they fight.)
Mfa maji hukamata maji. A drowning man claws at the water.
Mficha uchi hazai. One who hides private parts does not bear children.
Mfinyazi hulia gaeni. A potter eats from a potsherd.(He cannot afford his own wares.)
Mfuata nyuki hakosi asali. One who follows bees will never fail to get honey.
Mfukuzwa kwao hana pakwenda. He who is expelled from home has no where to go.
Mgaagaa na upwa hali wali mkavu. Even a lazy person living near the shore does not eat only rice(There is always something edible to find).
Mganga hajigangui. A doctor does not cure himself.
Mgema akisifiwa tembo hulitia maji. If the palm-wine tapper is praised for his wine, he dilutes it with water.
Mgeni ni kuku mweupe. A stranger is like a white fowl(noticeble). Intentional meaning 2: Do not be too attached to a foreigner. You will be alone when he leaves.
Mgeni njoo mwenyeji apone. Let the guest come so that the host may benifit.(A guest will often bring gifts, cross-cultural perspectives and other knowledge.)
Mgonjwa haulizwi uji. A sick person is not asked for his porridge.(A sick person should not be asked to make a difficult decision.)
Milima ya mbali, haina mawe.. Distant mountains have no stones. (Mountains appear to be beautiful and romantic from a distance and the stones and rocks cannot be seen. You do not notice the defects of a person until you are familiar with him.)
Miye nyumba ya udongo, sihimili vishindo. I am a clay hut, I cannot stand shocks.(One who avoids from controversy)
Mja hana hiari.. A foreigner has no choices.( A new-comer must abide by the rules of where he resides.)
Mjinga akierevuka mwerevu yupo mashakani. If a fool becomes enlightened, the wise man is in the sticks(trouble).
Mjumbe hauawi. The messenger is not killed.
Mkamatwa na ngozi ndiye mwizi. The one who is caught with the skin is the thief.
Mkamia maji hayanywi. He who squeezes out all the water will have nothing to drink.
Mkata (masikini) hana kinyongo. A poor man has no ill-feeling or bitterness.
Mkeka mpya haulaliwi vema. A new mat is hard to lie on. The “new mat” is a newly married woman. (A young wife has a lot to learn.)
Mkono mmoja hauchinji ngombe. One hand can not slaughter a cow.
Mkono moja haulei mwana. A single hand cannot bring up a child.(It takes more than one person to rear a child)
Mkono mtupu haulambwi. An empty hand is not licked.(No one takes notice of a poor person who has nothing to offer.)
Mkono usioweza kuukata, ubusu. Kiss the hand which cannot cut you.(If you cannot beat them, join them.)
Mkono wa kuume, haukati wa kushoto..The right hand does not cut the left one. (Do not harm yourself and your family.)
Mkosa jembe halimiThe one who lacks a hoe does not cultivate a field.
Mkosa kitoweo humangiria. One who has no side dish(gravy) eats sparingly.
Mkosa titi la mama, hata la mbwa hulamwa.. A child who was not nursed with the mother’s breast will suck even the teat of a bitch. (He who lacks a good home education is likely to go astray.)
Mkuki kwa nguruwe mtamu, kwa mwanadamu uchungu. To spear a pig is tasty, but to spear a person is painful.(Consider how you would feel with the harm you inflict on others.
Mkulima ni mmoja walaji ni wengi. The farmer is one but those who eat (the fruits of his labour) are many.
Mla cha mwenziwe na chake huliwa. He who eats another's food will have his own food eaten.
Mla cha uchungu na tamu hakosi. He who eats bitter things does not go without sweet things.(You must eat the bitter with the sweet.)
Mlaji ni mla leo; mla jana ni kalani? The diner is the one who eats today(eat what you have today); yesterday's diner, (what was eaten yesterday)is of the past.
Mla kuku wa mwenziwe miguu humwelekeya. He who eats his neighbour's chicken will be discovered by his footprints.
Mla kwa miwili, hana mwisho mwema..He who eats with both hands, will come to a bad end. (The left hand which is used to clean the anus after “answering nature´s call” is considered to be unclean. It should not touch food. A glutton's life does not end well.)
Mla mbuzi hulipa ngombe. The goat eater repays with a cow. (If you steal, repayment will be greater in value)
Mla mla leo mla jana kala nini? Eat up today, after all what did yesterday's diner eat?
Mla nawe hafi nawe ila mzaliwa nawe. He who eats with you will only die for you if he was born with you.(Blood is thicker than water)
Mlenga jiwe kundini hajui limpataye. He who throws a stone in a crowd does not know whom it hits.
Mlevi wa mvinyo hulevuka, mlevi wa mali halevuki..The one who wine made drunk has long since become sober, the man whom wealth makes drunk never gets sober. Intentional meaning (The greed for money and riches can never be satisfied.)
Mlimbua nchi ni mwananchi.He who enjoys the first fruits of a country is a son of that country.
Mlingane sawasawa, kama kombe na kahawa . Living in harmony together is like the cup and the coffee in it. (This is a wish expressed by the parents to their children on their wedding way.)
Mlinzi hulinda ndege, mke mzuri halindwi. A watchman guards the birds(keeps birds away from the fields), a pretty woman, however, cannot be guarded.
Mmoja hashui chombo..One person alone cannot launch a ship.
Mnyamaa kadumbu. One who keeps silent, endures.
Mnyonge hana hasira.. A poor person does not get angry.
Mnyonge hupata haki, ni mwenye nguvu kupenda.. A poor person gets his rights only if given by a powerful person.
Mnyonyore haunuki, hupendeza maua yake..A Barbados Pride (caesalpinia pulcherrima) has no scent, but its flowers are beautiful. (Beauty is self-evident. The good reputation of a a person need not be mentioned in public. It is evident.)
Mnywa maji kwa mkono moja, Kiu yake i pale pale. He who drinks water with one hand remains thirsty.
Moja shika si kumi nenda urudi. Using one thing well is better than wasting ten.(A bird in the hand is better than ten in the bush)
Moja shika, kumi hutapata.. Hang on to one, ten you will not receive. Hold fast to the one which you already own, instead of looking for some other ten which you will probably not get. (It is advisable to keep on the safe side and to avoid taking unnecessary risks.)
Moto hauzai moto. Fire does not beget fire. (In the end it produces ashes)
Moto huzaa moto..Fire begets fire.(Quarrels cause more quarrels.)
Moto na vita, usianze kabisa, huwezi kuvimaliza . Fire and war, never start them, you will not be able to finish(control) them.
Moto wa kumvi,hudumu . A fire of chaff (under the ashes) continues.(A quiet person remembers.Do not under-estimate the value of a person by his outer appearance.)
Moyo wa mzee, bahari. . The heart of an elder is like an ocean. (Old people who have experienced the hardships of life are generous in return.)
Mpanda farasi wawili hupasuka msamba. One who rides two horses at once will split apart.
Mpanda ngazi hushuka. He who climbs a ladder will descend it.(Pride goes before a fall.What goes up must come down)
Mpanda ovyo hula ovyo. He who sows haphazardly, will eat likewise.
Mpemba akipata gogo hanyii chini. If a native of Pemba can find a log he does not relieve himself on the ground. (Nothing but the best)
Mpemba hakimbii mvua ndogo. A native of Pemba does not run away from a small shower.
Mpende akupendaye.Love the one who loves you.
Mpenzi hana kinyongo. A lover has no scruples(faults).
Mpiga ngumi ukuta huumiza mkonowe. He who hits his fists against(fights) with a wall will only hurt his hand.
Mpofuka ukongweni,hapotewi na njia. He who becomes blind in his old age does not lose his way.
Msafiri kafiri.. A traveller is like an unbeliever. (A traveler has to eat what he gets where he travels. He has to also adapt himself to the local customs. He is sometimes compelled by circumstances to act contrary to his convictions.)
Msafiri masikini ajapokuwa sultani. A traveler is poor, though he be a sultan (ruler).( As a traveler, riches do not always prevail.)
Msasi haogopi mwiba. A hunter is not afraid of a thorn.
Msema kweli, hana wajoli.One who tells the truth, has no friends. (Mjoli is a fellow slave)
Msema pweke hakosi. One who talks to himself cannot be wrong.(no one to correct him)
Mshale kwenda msituni haukupotea. If an arrow goes into a forest it is not lost.
Mshale usiyo na nyoya, hauendi mbali.. An arrow without feathers will not go far.
Mshika mawili, moja humponyoka..One who holds two things, will lose one. (It is difficult to hold on to all we want.)
Mshoni hachagui nguo. A tailor does not select the cloth.
Msi chake ni mwenda zake.. One who is without a home(roots) is going to go his own way.
Msi chembe wala uta, si muwani. .A person with neither a morsel nor a bow is not a hunter(warrior).
Msika mavi, hayaachi kumnuka..The one who touches dung, will continue to smell of it. (If we ruin our reputation it is difficult to restore it.)
Msitukane wagema na ulevi ungalipo. Do not abuse palm-wine tappers while the session continues(before you are drunk).
Msitukane wakunga na uzazi ungalipo. Do not abuse midwives while child-bearing continues.
Mstahimilivu hula mbivu. A patient man will eat ripe fruits.
Mtafunwa na nyoka akiona ung'ongo husitika. If bitten by a snake a person will be startled even by a leaf.(Once bitten twice shy)
Mtaka cha mvunguni sharti ainame. He who requires what is under the bed must bend for it.(To get what you want, you may have to "stoop" to get it)
Mtaka nyingi nasaba hupata mwingi msiba. He who asks much of his relatives brings plenty of trouble upon himself.
Mtaka unda haneni. He who wants to make something does not talk. (His intentions are not announced, just turns them into actions)
Mtaka yote hukosa yote. He who desires all, will get nothing or lose everything.
Mtaka yote kwa pupa, hukosa yote. He who wants everything in a hurry, loses everything.
Mtegemea nundu haachi kunona. He who relies on a cows hump will not fail to grow fat.(Live well eat well)
Mtego bila ya chambo, haunasi..A trap without a bait does not catch prey.
Mtembezi hula miguu yake. An aimless wanderer wears away his legs.
Mtema kuni chake, akuonye.. The wood cutter, who cuts his own firewood, will warn you.
Mtenda jambo asiishe, ni kama asiyetenda..If someone undertakes something, he should not give up, otherwise he would be like one who has done nothing.
Mtenda mema hasemi, akisema hatendi.. One who helps does not speak about it, if he does he does not help.
Mtenzi haishi tamaa. One who chooses is never without desire.
Mteuzi haishi tamaa. A connoisseur never stops desiring.
Mti hauendi ila kwa nyenzo. This wood cannot move without rollers.(Grease the palm)
Mti huchongewa, ni (na) tundaze (tunda zake or matunda yake). . A tree is trimmed and it bears fruit. (The fruit are valued because of the attention(upbringing) they received.)
Mti huponzwa na tundaze.. A tree is valued(becomes attracted to thieves or even harmed) because of it's fruit.
Mti upigwao mawe ni mti wenye matunda.. A tree to which stones are thrown is a tree with fruit.(Wealth and value are targets.)
Mtomwa mwiba, hawi mtembezi.. He who has been pierced by a thorn, cannot be a walker. (He who has experienced trouble avoids the circumstances that led to them.)
Mtondoo haufi maji. A musket does not die in water.
Mtoto akibebwa, hutazama kisogo cha mamaye.. When a baby is carried on its mother's back, it looks at the nape of her neck. (Children follow the behaviour of their parents if that is all they see.)
Mtoto akililia wembe mpe. If a child cries for a razor give it him. (Let him learn by experience)
Mtoto umleyavyo ndivyo akuavyo. As a child is reared, so he will become.
Mtoto wa nyoka ni nyoka.The child of a snake is a snake.
Mtu akimpa maskini kichache, Mungu humruzuku kingi.. If a person gives a poor person a little,God will reward her much(plentifully).
Mtu aliyeumwa na nyoka akiona ung'ongo hushtuka. One who was bitten by a snake is startled even if he sees a strip of a palm leaf.(Once bitten twice shy.)
Mtu apandacho (kitu), ndicho avunacho.. That which a person plants, is that what he reaps. (You are personally responsible for what you do.)
Mtu asiye na akili, usifuatane naye. Do not follow a person who has no brains.
Mtu hakatai mwito hukataa aitwalo. A person does not object to being called, he objects to what he is called for.
Mtu halindi bahari, ipitayo kila chombo..A man cannot guard the sea, where all the ships pass.
Mtu hasafiri nyota ya mwenziwe..No man travels by his friend’s star. (Do not depend on others.)
Mtu huenda na uchao, haendi na utwao..One goes out at daybreak, but does not go out after sunset.
Mtu hujikuna ajipatiapo. A person scratches himself where his hand can reach.
Mtu huulizwa amevaani haulizwi amekulani. A person is asked about the clothing he is wearing, he is not asked what he has eaten.
Mtu ni watu.. A person is people(not alone). (No man is an island)
Mtu pweke, ni uvundo.. A lone person is stench. (A person who isolates himself from society, does not enjoy its benefits.)
Mtulivu hula mbivu. A patient person eats ripe(properly prepared)food.
Mtumai cha ndugu hufa masikini. One who always depends on his brother will die poor.
Mtumi wa kunga haambiwi maana. The carrier of a secret message is not told its meaning.
Mtumikie kafiri upate mradi wako. Serve even an unbeliever to attain your own ends.
Mtunza bahari, siye msafiri.. A person who watches the sea is not a traveler. A person who pretends to know something, usually does not.)
Mtupa jongoo hutupa na mti wake. If you throw away a millipede you should throw away the stick you picked it up with.
Muhogo mchungu, usiuchezee..Do not play with young(ripe, not sun-dried) casava.(It is poisonous.)
Mume ni kazi, mke ni nguo.Being a husband means hard work, being a wife means fussing about clothes.
Mume wa mama ni baba. A husband of a mother is a father.
Mungu akikupa kilema, hukupa na mwendo wake.. If God makes you lame, he gives you the way to use it.
Mungu hamfichi mnafiki. God does not conceal a liar(hypocrite).
Mungu hapi kwa mvua, wala hanyimi kwa jua..God does not give rain alone, nor does he withhold sunshine.
Muuliza hujibiwa ili apate fahamu.. The one who asks will receive an answer so that he may understand.
Muumwa na nyoka, akiona ung’ongo, mara hushituka.. One who has been bitten by a snake, will be startled when he sees a palm rib.
Mvazi wa nguo moja, akifua huvaani?. When one who wears (owns) only one garment, what will he wear when he wants to wash it?(Make provision for a rainy day.)
Mvua haina hodi..The rain does not ask to be invited in.
Mvumbika changa hula mbovu. One who stores half grown(ripe) fruit eats it rotten.
Mvungu mkeka. The space under the bed is like a mat. (You can see right through him)
Mvunja nchi ni mwananchi. The destroyer of a country is a citizen of that country.
Mvuvi ajuwa pweza alipo. A fisheman knows where to look for an octopus.
Mwacha asili ni mtumwa. He who renounces his ancestry is a slave.
Mwamba na wako hukutuma umwambiye. He who speaks ill of another in your presence sends you to tell that other person.
Mwamini Mungu si mtovu. He who trusts in God lacks nothing.
Mwanadamu atakufa, jina lake litakaa.. A person will die but his name remains.
Mwana kila mwaka, ni kubwa baraka.A child every year is a great blessing.
Mwana maji wa Kwale kufa maji mazowea. To a sailor from Kwale, death by water is a common experience.
Mwana mkaidi hafaidi mpaka siku ya Idi. An obstinate child does not suffer save on the day Idd.(Idd is when new clothing is given to the deserved)
Mwanadamu atakufa, jina lake litakaa.. A human will die, his name remains.( Your reputation is your legacy.)
Mwanamaji, hutaraji kufa maji.. A sailor expects to drown.
Mwana mkuwa nawe ni mwenzio kama wewe. The child who grows up with you is your friend.
Mwanamume ni mbono, hualikia kule. A husband is a creeper, he streches far away(infidelity)
Mwana simba ni simba.The child of lion is a lion.
Mwana wa kuku hafunzwi kuchakura. A chick is not taught how to scratch up the ground.
Mwana wa mtu ni kizushi; akizuka, zuka naye. A child is a revolutionist(unwary experimenter).(Where he wanders watch him.)
Mwanga mpe mtoto kulea. Give a child to an educated person to rear.
Mwangaza mbili moja humponyoka. Given 2 clear choices, one will surely escape him.(He cannot do two things at once)
Mwanzo kokochi mwisho nazi. The begining is a bud and the end is a coconut.
Mwanzo wa chanzo ni chane mbili. The beginning of a mat-making is two slips of raffia leaf.
Mwanzo wa ngoma ni lele. The sign of the start of a dance is a noise. (Before a fight there is a quarrel) (One voice will be joined by others)
Mwapiza la nje hupata la ndani. One who curses someone in public, brings it on himself in private.
Mwekaji kisasi haambiwi mwerevu. He who nurses vegeance is not called wise.
Mwenda bure si mkaa bure huenda akaokota. One who walks with no reason is not like one who sits without reason(The one who walks might pick up something.)
Mwenda mbio hujikwa kidole. A person who is in too much of a hurry stubs his toe.
Mwenda omo na tezi marejeo ngamani. He who goes from bow to stern must return to the hold(bilge).
Mwenda pole hajikwai, akijikwaa haumii .One who walks carefully does not stumble and if he stumbles he does not get hurt.
Mwendo dahari hauishi. Sisi hatuwezi, kuvunja safari..The endless way never ends. We cannot stop the journey.
Mwenye chake, hakosi cha mwenziwe.. On who has his own(property) does not miss his neighbour's(property).
Mwenye ghadhabu, mbele yake husimama shetani..The devil stands in front of an angry person.
Mwenye huba, hana dawa, ila kwa muhibiwa..He who is in love will find no medicine except that close to his beloved.
Mwenye kelele hana neno. A noisy person has nothing to say.
Mwenye kovu usidhani kapowa. Do not think one with a scar is healed.
Mwenye kelele, hana neno..A noisy person has no word.(Beware the loud mouth)
Mwenye kisu kikali ndiye alaye nyama.. The one with the sharpest knife is the one who will eat the meat.
Mwenye kubebwa hujikaza. He who is carried must cling on.
Mwenye kupanda ngazi, na mwenye kushuka ngazi, hawapeani mkono..The one who goes up the ladder and the one who descends do not hold hands.(We are not equals.)
Mwenye kovu, haliwai na kidonda.. One who has a scar does not forget the sore.(A burnt child fears the fire.)
Mwenye kovu, usidhani kapoa.. Do not think the one who has a scar has healed.
Mwenye kuchinja hachelei kuchuna. He who slaughters does not hesitate skinning it.
Mwenye kupenda ni juha. A lover is a fool.(He cannot think properly.)
Mwenye kutafuta, hakosi kupata..One who seeks will not fail to obtain.
Mwenye macho, haambiwi tazama..One who has eyes (one who can see) is not told to look.
Mwenye nguvu mpishe. Let a strong man pass.(Discretion is the better part of valour)
Mwenye njaa hana miiko. A hungry man does not have any food he chooses not to eat(observes no taboos).
Mwenye pupa hadiriki kula tamu. A hasty person misses the sweet things. (He cannot wait for the fruit to ripen)
Mwenye shibe hamjui mwenye njaa. A satisfied person does not know how a hungry man feels.
Mwenye shoka hakosi kuni. An axeman does not lack firewood.
Mwenye tumbo ni tumbole, angafunga mkaja. She who is pregnant is pregnant, even though she wraps herself in an 'mkaja'. [Mkaja is the cloth a woman wears round her stomach after giving birth].(You don't achieve something by pretending you have achieved it.)
Mwenzako akinyolewa wewe tia maji. If your friend is shaving put water on your face. (When you see a neighbouring country being invaded, prepare to face the same situation yourself. When your neighbour's house is on fire, take care of your own house)
Mwenza mbili, mmoja humwacha.. One who has two friends will lose one.
Mwezi na mtembezi, kiza na mwizi.. Moon and traveller, darkness and thief.(A traveler needs the moon, a thief needs darkness. An honest person has nothing to hide)
Mwibaji na watwana, mlifi ni mwungwana. A thief is a rogue, but the one who repays is a gentleman.
Mwiba wa kujitoma, hauambiwi pole.. The thorn with which you have pricked yourself is not pitied. (You have no one else to blame but yourself for your predicament.)
Mwili wa mwenzio ni kando ya mwilio. Your companion's body is beside(not a part of) your body.
Mwindaji hawezi kupumzika, ila baada ya kupika..A hunter cannot rest until after the cooking.
Mwizi huenda na mwizi, mlevi na walevi.. A thief accompanies a thief and a drunkard accompanies a drunkard.
Mwizi hushikwa na mwizi mwenziwe. A thief is caught by his fellow thief. (Set a thief to catch a thief)
Mwizi, siku zake ni arobaini (saba)..The days of a thief are just forty.
Mwogopa mwana kulia, ye (yeye) mwenyewe atalia..(The father)The one who is afraid that his child will cry will cry will himself cry.(Leniency in child-rearing willnot end well.)
Mwomba chumvi huombea chunguche. He who asks for salt does so for his own cooking pot.(He profits himself at the expense of the community.)
Mwosha hadhuru maiti. The washer of corpses does no harm to the dead.
.Mwosha huoshwa.The corpse-washer is washed in time.(Tit for tat)
Mwosha husitiri maiti.The washer conceals the corpse (gives nothing away).
Mwungwana kalima. A gentleman is as much worth as his word.
Mzaha,mzaha, hutumbuka usaha. Joke, joke, discharges pus. (Do not dismiss even a small scratch as if it were only a joke-it may go bad)(A stitch in time saves nine)
Mzazi haachi ujusi. A mother who has just given birth cannot avoid her predicament(ritual defilement).
Mzigo wa mwenzio ni kanda la usufi. Your companion's burden is (no more than) a bundle of soft cloth or light load (to you). (The burden is light on the shoulder of another. Making light of other's troubles)
Mzika pembe ndiye mzua pembe. The one who buries(hides)ivory is the one to dig it up.(An expert can explain)
Mzoea punda, hapandi farasi.. One who is accustomed to riding a donkey does not ride a horse. (One who has a humble upbringing find anything else unfamiliar territory.)
Mzoea udalali, duka haliwezi..He who is used to auctioning, will find it difficult to run a shop. (An expert in one subject matter need not be an expert in another.)
Mzowea kutwaa, kutoa ni vita. He who is accustomed to taking, giving is a battle.
Mzowea kunyonga, kuchinja hawezi. He who is accustomed to strangling, cannot slaughter.(One who is used to the easy way finds anything else difficult.)
Mzungu wa kula hafundishwi mwana. The process of eating is not taught to a child.