Borana Culture 

Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 3

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The speech of the Borana is an Oromo langauge closely related to the speech of two other Oromo groups, the Arsi and the Guji. These three closely related forms of the Oromo language family are classified together as one language under the name Borana-Arsi-Guji Oromo. Since the speech of these three peopls is mutually-intelligible, the speech of these three peoples are officially classified as dialects of the one language under their individual names. In Ethiopia the speech of these eoples along with the separate langauges of other Oromo peoples are…

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Borana Culture 

Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 2

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11. Woo injed’ini, woo jed warabesi English : Do not say woo, say woo, the hyena taught people the correct way to howl. 12. Hiyes Aad’ daltet jiba. English : A poor man is detested by his own mother. 13. Afuran garacha tap’ata uftolcha. English : One greedy for food makes himself playful. 14. Fardi arre kees ollu, dufu barata. English : A horse that grazes, in the same field with donkey, learns how to fart. 15. Ka duan egan jarsa kaduu dargagesa, jet sidamti English : Those who are…

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Borana Culture 

Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 1

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1. Obsan qaloman English: Patience leads to an honorable position. 2. Chubbun tok daqabi, tok 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 the vultures peck at,…

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