1. Obsan qaloman
English: Patience leads to an honourable position.


2. Chubbun tok daqabitok ordofi.
English: You can be punished as you do sin on the spot. But for others, it can come later. Meaning: As for the punishment of sin, some are immediate; and others come later.


3. Waan garan qabu arrabi namhata.
English: What was withheld as secret thought will come out through a slip of tongue.


4. Ilti allatin nyatu wahi ingartu ; gurri allatin nyatu wahi ind’agau.
English: An eye that vultures peck at does not see; an ear that vultures peck at does not hear


5. Huqon darba alati, muyoni du dirsa alati.
English: The weak cow will blame whoever pushes it for its fall; the weak woman will blame her husband’s death for her downfall.

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Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 2

Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 3

Borana Greetings and their Response


6. Arbi ilk ufi indadabu.
English: The elephant does not get tired carrying his heavy tusks.


7. At Mormad nafatu siimma.
English: You may deny that you were fed, but your body will tell.


8. Okon wan as anan fud jete.
English: A rake recommends that it be used first to fetch the rubbish that is nearest.


9. Arki tokochi naf indqu.
English: One hand alone cannot wash the body.


10. Ado an Gafa bou, Gur naramuran get aren.
English: The donkey lamented that while it was pleading for horns, its ears were cut off.