Tagged width: Semi Misemo ni kauli fupifupi ambazo hutumiwa na jamii kusisitiza ukweli wa jambo fulani. Kauli hizi huunganisha mawazo au dhana tofauti kuwa mwili mmoja na kupitisha ujumbe uliodhamiriwa na mnenaji au mwaandishi. Pia, misemo ni fungu la maneno ambalo hutumiwa na jamii tofautitofauti kwa lengo la kusisitiza maadili fulani. Ifuatayo ni misemo ya kiswahili na maana yake.
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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. Ahadi ni deni. A promise is a debt. Aibu ya maiti, aijua mwosha.
Only a Moritician knows the real shame of the dead. No man is a hero to his wife. Akiba haiozi. A reserve savings does not decay. Aisifuye mvua, imemnyea. He who praises rain has been rained on himself. Ajidhaniye amesimama, aangalie asianguke. A reserve does not decay. Akikaanga, tu chini ya gae. When he fries, we are under the frying pan.
Somebody always finds out a secret Akili ni mali. Cleverness is wealth. Akili ni nywele; kila mtu ana zake. Reasoning is like hair, every person has his own. Akili nyingi huondowa maarifa. Too much wit diminishes wisdom. Too much thought overlooks the wisdom. Akipenda, chongo huita kengeza. If he loves, he will call a one-eyed person a squinter. Love is blind Akumulikaye mchana; usiku akuchoma. He who shines a light on you during the day, sets fire to you during the night.
He who turns his back on you is not your friend. Akutendaye mtende; mche asiyekutenda. Harm him who harms you and fear him who harms you not. Alalaye usimwamshe; ukimwamsha, utalala wewe. 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. 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 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. Amnyimae punda adesi, kampunguzia mashuzi.
Ana hasira za mkizi. He is as angry as a cuttlefish fish which jump out of the water and land on the 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.
Anayekuja pasina hodi, huondoka pasina kuaga. He who comes without asking to enter, will leave without saying goodby. 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.
Angurumapo simba, mcheza nani? Where the lion roars, who will play? Aninyimae mbuzi kanipunguzia mashuzi. He who withholds goat meat from me, reduces my farting. Apewaye ndiye aongezwaye. He who is given is the one who is given even more. 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. Asiyejua maana, haambiwi maana. He who does not know reason cannot be told reason. Asiyekubali kushindwa, si mshindani. He who does not admit defeat or agree to lose, is not a competitor or debator.
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 mengi, ana machache. He who does not have much, has few problems. Asiyeuliza, hanalo ajifunzalo. He who does not ask, does not have what he needs to learn. 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. Auguaye huangaliwa. He who is sick is cared for.
Avuaye nguo huchutama. He who removes his clothes, squats. Baada ya dhiki faraja. After hardship comes relief. After a storm there is calm. 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. Baniani mbaya kiatu chake dawa. A bad Indian thinks his boot is the best medicine. Bendera hufuata upepo. A flag follows the direction of the wind. Bilisi wa mtu ni mtu.
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Asiyesikia la mkuu, huvunjika guu. Asiyefuata ushauri wa wakuu wake, mabaya humpata. He that does not heed the elderly advice, evil befalls him. Aisifiaye mvua, ujue imemnyeshea. Mtu asifiaye jambo fulani, bila shaka ameshatambua utamu wake. He that praises rain,has seen it. Aliye juu, mngojee chini.
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