Afrikaans proverbs

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Afrikaans is a language similar to Dutch spoken in southern Africa.

  • Een swaeltjie maak nog geen somer nie.
    • English equivalent: One swallow does not make a summer.
    • Meaning: "Do not feel sure or rejoice noticing a favourable sign. The appearance of a single sign of a favourable event is not yet a definite indication of its coming. It may be an unrelated, sporadic appearance."
    • Source for meaning of English equivalent: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 49. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 
  • The remedy may be worse than the disease.
    • English equivalent: The remedy is often worse than the disease; Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse.
    • Meaning: The effect of a treatment or bodily enhancement – whether pharmaceutical or not, whether a household remedy or professional-ordained – is often worse than what it was intended to cure or alleviate.
    • Kritzinger, F. Benjamin (1991). English proverbs and expressions with Afrikaans equivalents (Reimpresa ed.). J.L. van Schaik. p. 109. ISBN 0627017312. 
  • Skoenmaker se kinders loop kaalvoet.
    • English equivalent: Cobblers' children are worst shod.
    • Meaning: "Working hard for others one may neglect one's own needs or the needs of those closest to him."
    • Source for meaning and proverbs: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). "7". European proverbs: in 55 languages, with equivalents in Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese. Veszprémi Nyomda. p. 65. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 

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