Methali za Kiswahili-Swahili Proverbs Part 2

  1. Lake mtu halimtapishi bali humchefusha.One’s foul smelling does not sicken one self but merely disgusts one.
  2. Leo ni leo asemayo kesho ni mwongo.Today is today who says tomorrow is a liar
  3. Liandikwalo ndiyo liwalo.That which is written by God is what is.mapenzi_420
  4. Lila na fila hazitangamani.Good and evil will never mix.
  5. Lipitalo ,hupishwa .Things dont just happen by accidents
  6. Lisemwalo lipo,ikiwa halipo laja.What is being talked about is here,and if its not it’s coming around behind.
  7. Lisilokuwapo moyoni,halipo machoni.Out of sight out of mind.
  8. Maafuu hapatilizwi.You dont take vengeance on silliness.
  9. Macho hayana pazia.Eyes have no screens,they see all that is within view.
  10. Mafahali wawili hawakai zizi moja.Two bulls do not live in the same shade.
  11. Maiti haulizwi sanda.A dead person is not asked for a shroud.
  12. Maji hufuata mkondo.water follows current.i.e.swim with current.
  13. Maji huteremka bondeni,hayapandi mlima.Water flows down the valley does not climb the hill.
  14. Maji ukiyavuliya nguo huna budi kuyaogelea.If you take of your clothes for water you must bathe.
  15. Maji usiyoyafika hujui wingi wake.You can not know the extent of water in a pond that you have never been to.
  16. Maji ya kifufu ni bahari ya chungu. Water in a coconut shell is like an ocean to an ant.
  17. Maji yakija hupwa. When tide is high,it ebbs.
  18. Mpanda ngazi hushuka. He who climbs a ladder comes down again.i.e.What goes up must come down
  19. Maji yakimwagika hayazoleki. If water is split,it can not be gathered up.
  20. Majumba makubwa husitiri mambo.Big houses conceal a lot.
  21. Majuto ni mjukuu. Regrets are like a child,They come some considerable time after event.
  22. Manahodha wengi chombo huenda mrama. With many captains,the ship does not sail properly.i.e.Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  23. Maneno makali hayavunji mfupa.Words alone wont break bones.
  24. Maneno mema hutowa nyoka pangoni. Pleasant words will draw the snake from its hole.
  25. Masikini akipata matako hulia mbwata. When a poor man gets something he boasts of his new wealth.
  26. Masikini haokoti,akiokota huambiwa kaiba. A poor man does not pick up things if does they say heKiswahili.. stole them.
  27. Masikini na mwanawe tajiri na mali yake. A poor man with his child a rich man with his wealth.
  28. Mavi usioyala,wayawingiani kuku? Why drive away fowls from the dung you do not eat yourself?
  29. Mavi ya kale hayanuki.Old droppings do not stink.
  30. Mbinu hufuata mwendo. A double jointed arm follows the leg action.i.e Like father like son.
  31. Mbio za sakafuni huishia ukingoni. Running on the roof finishes at the edge.
  32. Mbiu za mgambo ikilia kuna jambo. When an ox horn of a news man is sounded,something is wrong.
  33. Mchagua jembe si mkulima. One who selects his hoe is not real farmer.
  34. Mchagua nazi hupata koroma. He who selects coconut with great care ends up getting a bad coconut
  35. Mchakacho ujao,halulengwi na jiwe. You don’t throw stones at an approaching crackling noise in the bush wait and see what is it first
  36. Mchama ago hanyeli,huenda akauya papo. A traveler does not make a mess where he had made a camp as he might one day come back.
  37. Mchelea mwana kulia hulia yeye..He who fears the crying of a child,will cry himself.
  38. Mchele moja mapishi mengi. Rice is all one but they are many ways of cooking it.
  39. Mcheka kilema hafi bila kumpata.He who laughs at a cripple will not die without becoming himself
  40. Mcheza hawi kiwete,ngoma yataka matao.A dancer will not become crippled for dancing calls for grace.
  41. Mcheza kwao hutuzwa.He who dances at home will be rewarded.
  42. Mcheza na tope humrukia.He who plays with mud will get splashed.
  43. Mchezea zuri ,baya humfika.He who ridicules the good will be overtaken by evil.
  44. Mchimba kisima hungia mwenyewe.He who digs a pit will fall into it himself.
  45. Mchonga mwiko hukimbiza mkono wake.The maker of wooden spoons saves his hand from fire.
  46. Mchovya asali hachovi mara moja.He who dips his finger into honey does not dip it once.
  47. Mchuma janga hula na wakwao.He who earns calamity,eats it with his family.
  48. Mchumia juani,hula kivulini. He who earns his living in the sun,eats in the shade.
  49. Mdharau biu,hubiuka yeye. He who ridicules a deformed person becomes deformed himself.
  50. Meno ya mbwa hayaumani. The teeth of a dog do not lock together.i.e brothers do not harm one another when they fight.
  51. Mfa maji hukamata maji. A drowning man catches at the water.
  52. Mficha uchi hazai. One who hides private parts wont get a child.
  53. Mfinyazi hulia gaeni. A potter eats from a potsherd.
  54. Mfuata nyuki hakosi asali. One follows bees will never fail to get honey.
  55. Mfukuzwa kwao hana pakwenda. He who is expelled from home has no where to go
  56. Mgaagaa na upwa hali wali mkavu. A lazy person with a nephew does not eat dry rice.
  57. Mganga hajigangui.A witchdoctor does not cure himself.
  58. Mgema akisifiwa tembo hulitia maji. If the palm-wine tapper is praised,he dilutes the palm-wine with water.
  59. Mgeni ni kuku mweupe. A stranger is like a white fowl (noticeable)
  60. Mgeni njoo mwenyeji apone. Let the guest come so that the host may benefit.
  61. Mgonjwa haulizwi uji. A sick person is not asked for porridge.prov
  62. Miye nyumba ya udongo ,sihimili vishindo I am a mud hut, I can not stand shocks.
  63. Mjinga akierevuka mwerevu yupo mashakani.When a fool becomes enlightened,the wise man is in trouble.
  64. Mjumbe hauawi.A messenger is not killed
  65. Mkamatwa na ngozi ndiye mwizi.The one who is caught with the skin is the thief.
  66. Mkamia maji hayanywi. He who fixes his mind much on water ends up not drinking it
  67. Mkata (masikini) hana kinyongo. A poor man has no contempt.
  68. Mke ni nguo ,mgomba kupalilia. A wife is like clothes and banana plant needs weeding.
  69. Mkono moja hauchinji ngombe. A single hand can not slaughter a cow.
  70. Mkono moja haulei mwana. A single hand can not nurse a child.
  71. Mkono mtupu haulambwi. An empty hand is not licked.
  72. Mkono usioweza kuukata,ubusu. Kiss the hand you can not cut.
  73. Mkosa kitoweo humangiria. One who has little relish must eat sparingly.
  74. Mkuki kwa nguruwe mtamu,kwa mwanadamu uchungu. Its nice throw a spear to a pig,but painful when thrown to you.
  75. Mkulima ni mmoja walaji ni wengi. The farmer is one but those who eat fruits of his labour are many.
  76. Mla cha mwenziwe na chake huliwa. He who eats another mans food will have his own food eaten by others.
  77. Mla cha uchungu na tamu hakosi. He who eats bitter things gets sweet things too.
  78. Mla kuku wa mwenziwe miguu humwelekeya. He who devours his neighbour’s fowl,its foot prints will give him away. 
  79. Mla mbuzi hulipa ngombe. The eater of a goat pays back a cow.
  80. Mla mla leo mla jana kala nini? The real eater is today’s eater not yesterdays.
  81. Mla nawe hafi nawe ila mzaliwa nawe. He who eats with you will not die with you except he who was born with you.
  82. Mlenga jiwe kundini hajui limpataye. He who who flings a stone amid a crowd,does not know the it hits.
  83. Mlimbua nchi ni mwananchi. He who enjoys the first fruit of a country is son of that country.kiswahili
  84. Mnyamaa kadumbu.One who keeps silent,endures.
  85. mnywa maji kwa mkono moja,Kiu yake i pale pale. He who drinks water with one hand finds out his thirst is still there.
  86. Moja shika,si kumi nenda urudi. Take one,not that you may return with ten.
  87. Moto hauzai moto.Fire does not beget fire in the end it begets ashes.
  88. Mpanda farasi wawili hupasuka msamba. One who rides two horses at once will split asunder.
  89. Mpanda ovyo hula ovyo.He who sows disorderly fashion will eat likewise.
  90. Mpemba akipata gogo hanyii chini. If a native of Pemba can get a log he does not relive himself on the ground.ie nothing but the best
  91. Mpemba hakimbii mvua ndogo. A native of Pemba does not run away fro a small shower.
  92. Mpiga ngumi ukuta huumiza mkonowe. He who fights with a wall will only hurt his hand.
  93. Mpofuka ukongweni,hapotewi na njia. He who becomes blind in his old age does not lose his way.
  94. Msafiri masikini ajapokuwa sultani. A traveller is poor,even though he being a ruler.
  95. Msasi haogopi mwiba. A hunter is not afraid of thorns.
  96. Msema pweke hakosi. One who talks to himself can not be wrong he has no one to correct him.
  97. Mshale kwenda msituni haukupotea. If an arrow goes into a forest it is not lost.
  98. Mshoni hachagui nguo. A tailor does not select his cloth.
  99. Msitukane wagema na ulevi ungalipo. Do not abuse palm-wine tappers while drunkenness persists.
  100. Msitukane wakunga na uzazi ungalipo. Do not abuse midwives while child-bearing continues.
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