scan0006As 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.

  1. A small kola nut is superior to a large stone.
  2. Snuff that is not pleasant, the mouth cannot sell.
  3. ‘Mine is not urgent’ always prevents the son of a blacksmith from owning a sword.
  4. The soup does not move around in the elders’ belly.
  5. 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)

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