Zululand Tourism Zulu Proverbs Sayings Meanings

 

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Zululand Tourism Zulu Proverbs Sayings Meanings

Zululand Tourism Zulu Proverbs Sayings Meanings is our second post on this subject. People often confuse Zulu proverbs (izaga) with idioms (nezisho). Idioms normally starts with a verb prefixed by ‘uku’. Proverbs do not change their tense and have a rhythm unlike normal everyday Zulu. They are known for their brevity and force. Some proverbs refer to historical facts of previous Zulu kings whereas others refer to fables, nature and everyday life.

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Zululand Tourism Zulu Proverbs Sayings Meanings

  • Uncukubili njeng empisi – This idiom figuratively means, “you are two-colored like a hyena.” Such a person is not consistent in their views and opinions.  They deceitfully say different things to different people in order to gain approval.
  • Libunjwa liseva – “The day is worked while it is still fresh”. In English there are equivalent sayings, “the early bird catches the worm” and “make hay while the sun shines.” The message is to get up early and get the important things done first, which may not always be pleasant.
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Zululand Tourism Zulu Proverbs Sayings Meanings

  • Ikhotha eyikhothayo engayikhothi iyayikhahlela – “The cow licks one that licks her.” A similar saying in English would be, “you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.” As is the Zulu tradition and the philosophy of Ubuntu, life is all about community. The sum total of being community is more than the sum total of the individuals.

Zululand Tourism Zulu Proverbs Sayings Meanings

  • Ukubona kanye ukubona kabili – “Once bitten twice shy.” Quite simply to have a bad experience in a situation makes a person cautious in similar situations.
  • Amanxiwa Kamili Mbuya – “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”  People who are always on the move, with no solid foundation avoid responsibilities.

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Zululand Tourism Zulu Proverbs Sayings Meanings

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