Monday, February 28, 2011

Proverb Monday

Proverb: Dua koro gye mframa a, ebu
Translation: If one tree stands alone against the wind, it breaks; or if one tree alone receives the wind, it breaks.
Usage (Context): There is strength in numbers.
(No. 2054 Page 99 from in Bu me Bε by Peggy Appiah et al.)
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Caveat: The text in red is my own translation. I try to bring it as close to the Original Twi version as much as possible without affecting the meaning. 'Gye' in Twi means 'receives' and not 'against' as used in the authors' translation. However, both versions do not affect the meaning of the proverb.

6 comments:

  1. Obviously, what this proverb says is no lie...Thanks for this.

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  2. @Geosi, yes... there are a lot these wise words in our language... if only we would realise them and use them. We say it so often that they have lost their impact on our lives.

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  3. I remember this proverb from when I was a little girl. My mother had a cloth (wax print/hollandias) witht that name! Nice.

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  4. Another fantastic one. Great lessons to learn!

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  5. A lot to learn from... in our unity lies our strength.

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