December 14, 2008

Swahili Proverb of the Day #7

"Haba na haba ujaza kibaba"

"Bando bando humaliza gogo"


These two proverbs have basically the same meaning. The first is, 'heap by heap' will fill up the basket. The second is 'chop by chop will finish the log.'
In other words, slow and steady wins the race. Do a big job little by little and eventually you will finish.

2 comments:

your neighbourly doc September 20, 2009 at 7:27 PM  

I would like to point out the proverb Bando bando umaliza gogo isnt correct it should be
Bando bando humaliza gogo.

humaliza means finishing.
umaliza has no literal meaning.

your neighbourly doc September 20, 2009 at 7:33 PM  

Just noticed that the first proverb also has the same mistake.

Haba na haba hujaza kibaba.

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