As excerpted from the list of Yoruba proverbs researched, translated and submitted by students of my foreign language class in their first homework assignments back in August.
- A small kola nut is superior to a large stone.
- Snuff that is not pleasant, the mouth cannot sell.
- ‘Mine is not urgent’ always prevents the son of a blacksmith from owning a sword.
- The soup does not move around in the elders’ belly.
- The pig’s nose enters the yard little by little.
Blog Question: Can you tell what the original Yoruba version of these proverbs are, and what they mean in simple, non-proverbial 21st century English?
(Picture source: the cover of a greeting card I received during my birthday last September)