You said:Bonswa Mandaly! Koman'w ye? I was wondering ifyou knew any common sayings or proverbs in h.creole and the explanations behindthem? Like for example.."jan chat mache se pa konsal kenbe rat,or "le babkamarad ou pran dife, met paw la tranp"or "se sot ki bay, enbesil kipran"....things like that. If you do know any more, please share them with me!Mesi davans!Mandaly says:Bonswa zanmi,There are many many Haitian proverbs, I only know a few of them. Most of the ones that I know I've learned from my mom and grandma:The proverb "jan chat mache se pa konsa l kenbe rat", my mom would use to warn me about boys :)I can only share with you the ones that we (mostly my mom) use most often at home. The followings are not word for word translation:Byen pre pa lakayabout seeing a task to completion 100%. When you’re ‘almost there’ that doesn't mean you’re “there’.Zòrèy pa dwe janm pi long pase tèt about not overstepping your boundsJe wè, bouch pe it’s not always wise to talk about everything you see.Brav pa pale men li aji basically, action speaks louder than wordsTi bouton mennen maleng how some very small things can take a life of their ownMezi lajan w mezi wanga w basically,getting what you’re worthMakak a ke pa janbe dife think carefully about your actions if you don’t want your family to pay for themSi dimanch pral bèl depi nan vandredi ou konnen basically about intuitionBay kou bliye, pote mak sonje the person on the receiving end never forgetsPawòl nan kè pa gate zanmi. keeping some things to yourself might prevent you from saying things you could never take backOther meaningful ones I remember from when I was younger:
Lè ti poul cho dèyè manman malfini pase l pran l this one is about not being too eager, about using more restraint
Sèl kouto ki konnen sa k nan kè yanm about things you can only know from experience
Fò w konn la pou w al a experience counts, it delivers
Tout bèt jennen mòde anyone who is provoked will fight back
and my favorite: Se mwen ki dòmi ak Jan, se mwen k pou di w si Jan wonfle. you cannot know my private life better than me.There are a couple of good books about Haitian proverbs which you may be able to find online and also by googling Haitian proverbs, etc….
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