Haitian proverbs

Proverbs from all Haitian speaking parts of the world.

BEdit

  • Bay piti pa chich.
    • Translation: To give little is not [being] cheap.
    • Smith (2001). When the Hands Are Many: Community Organization and Social Change in Rural Haiti. Cornell University Press. p. 74. 
  • Byen prè pa lakay.
    • Translation: Very close is not home yet.
    • English equivalent: A miss by an inch is a miss by a mile.
    • Toussaint (2005). Haiti, a Different Image. AuthorHouse. p. 23. 

DEdit

  • Dèyè mon gen mon.
    • Translation: Behind the mountain, there are mountains.
    • English equivalent: There is more than meets the eye.
    • Meaning: There is more to a person than you see.
    • García, Fishman (2002). The Multilingual Apple: Languages in New York City. Mouton De Gruyter. 

LEdit

  • Lafimen pa janm leve san dife.
    • Translation: Smoke never rises without fire.
    • Meaning: Everything happens for a reason.
    • Other meaning: A rumour contains some truth.
    • Silva, Spear (2004). A quoi rêve Haïti?. Éditions L'Harmattan. p. 140. 

MEdit

  • Men anpil, chay pa lou.
    • Translation: Many hands [make] the load lighter.
    • English equivalent: Many hands make light work.
    • Averill (1997). A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti. University of Chicago Press. 
  • Men anpil, chay pa lou.
    • Translation: Many hands make a load lighter.
    • English equivalent: Many hands make light work.
    • Smith (2001). When the Hands Are Many: Community Organization and Social Change in Rural Haiti. Cornell University Press. p. 170. 
  • Merite pa mande.
    • Translation: Deserve, do not ask.
    • English equivalent: First deserve, then desire.
    • Heurtelou, Vilsaint (2004). Guide to Learning Haitian Creole. Educa Vision. p. 189. 

PEdit

  • Piti piti zwazo fè nich.
    • Translation: Little by little the bird makes his nest.
    • Meaning: Many incremental changes will eventually make a significant difference.
    • English equivalent: Many a mickle makes a muckle.
    • Das (1994). Sociology In Latin America. MD Publications. p. 81. 

ZEdit

  • Zafè kabrit pa zafè mouton.
    • Translation: The goat's business is not the sheep's business.
    • Maximin (2008). Dynamiques interculturelles dans l'aire caribéenne. Karthala. p. 213. 
    • Meaning: Focus on how you do your own work instead of interfering with other's work.

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Last modified on 10 August 2013, at 02:33