Arabic Proverbs الأمْثال العَربِيّة Part One Posted by yasmine on Mar 17, 2021 in Arabic Language, proverbs
In this post, I thought we’d read, listen, and ponder نتأمّل a number of Arabic proverbs أمثال عربية. As I have mentioned in previous posts that include Arabic poetry الشِعْر العَرَبي, as an Arabic language learner, one can gain a deeper insight into the richness of the language and its culture when experiencing its literature and folklore التُّراث الشَّعبي which of course include أمثال. Arabic speakers tend to use proverbs often. Therefore, you won’t just find these sayings in written form, but as part of people’s daily conversations. If you happen to memorize a few useful short ones, you will surely sound wise حَكيم and eloquent فَصيح if you used them with other Arabic speakers. Of course many Arabic proverbs have a familiar English equivalent, yet some do not. The following proverbs are all in Modern Standard Arabic and I have provided both the literal translations and English equivalents where possible.
✨Let’s first read the following sentence explaining the importance of transferring proverbs from generation to generation.
تحرُص كُل أمة مِن الأمَم على الحِفاظ على تُراثها، حَيثُ يِتناقَل الأحفاد ما تَوَصَلَ إليه الآباء والأجداد مِن عِلم وأدَب وحِكْمة وأمثال التي يَتِم تَناقُلُها شَفَوياً مِن جيل لآخَر
Every nation is keen on preserving its heritage, for its grandchildren transfer knowledge, literature, wisdom, and proverbs that parents and grandparents have learned, and transmit them orally from one generation to the next.
.الأعمالُ خَيْرٌ مِن الأقْوال
Acts speak louder than words.
الأعمالُ: acts/doings الأقْوال: words
.إنَّ مَع العُسْر يُسْراً
With hardship comes ease. OR After a storm comes sunshine.
العُسْر: difficulty يُسْر: ease
Matters are in their endings. OR All is well that ends well.
الأُمورُ: matters خَواتِم: endings
.إضْرِبْ حَديداً حامِياً
Strike while the iron is hot.
.إنَّ الطُّيورَ على أشكالِها تَقَع
Birds of a feather flock together.
.إذا كانَ الكَلامُ مِن فِضّةٍ فالُّسكوتُ مِن ذَهَب
If speech is silver, then silence is gold. (said to a person to be less talkative)
.الجارُ قَبْل الدَّار
The neighbor before the house. (meaning choose your neighbors before you choose your house)
.عَدُوُّ عاقِل خَيرٌ مِن صَديقٍ جاهِل
A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.
عَدُوُّ: enemy عاقِل: intelligent/wise
.العامِلُ السيِّىء يَلومُ أدَواتِه
A bad worker always blames his tools.
يَلومُ: to blame
.كُلُّ مَمْنوع مَرْغوب
All that is forbidden is desired . OR Forbidden fruit is the sweetest.
مَمْنوع: forbidden مَرْغوب: desired
.كَثْرَةُ الطَّباخين تُتْلِف الطَّبخة
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
.لا دُخانَ بِدونِ نار
There is no smoke without a fire. (meaning for every rumor, there is an origin)
.مَصائِب قَومٍ عِنْد قَومٍ فَوائدُ
Some people’s disasters are other’s benefits/advantages. OR One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
.المالُ الحَرامُ لا يَدوم
Ill gotten wealth is not lasting.
Think/be wise and rely on/trust God. OR God helps those who help themselves.
I hope you enjoyed these proverbs and learned some new vocabulary words as well. 📖
🤓أيهما أعجبك أكثر؟
Which one did you like best?
Stay tuned for more in part two and till next week, happy Arabic learning! 🙂
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