Yemeni Proverbs

By | May 18, 2016

Proverbial Wisdom from Yemen

Sayings of Yemini origin

If you give people nuts, you’ll get shells thrown at you.

Work like an ant and you’ll eat sugar.

Whoever does not help himself cannot help others.

Pity the stranger, even if he is rich.

If you have honey, don’t lick the pot clean.

Look to your near neighbor rather than to your distant brother.

Tie your camel first and have faith in God.

My fist is in his mouth, his fist is in my eye.

Do not sigh, for your enemy will hear and rejoice.

A monkey in its mother’s eye is like a gazelle.

About Yemen

(An excerpt from Wikipedia)

Yemen Map with Yemeni Flag

Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is an Arab country in Western Asia, occupying the southwestern to the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is the second-largest country in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 km2 (203,850 sq mi). The coastline stretches for about 2,000 km (1,200 mi). It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea to the south, and Oman to the east.

Sana’a is the largest city in Yemen and the centre of Sana’a Governorate.

Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of Yemen. Yemeni Arabic and the Balochi language are spoken in several regional dialects.

More Yemeni Proverbs and Sayings:

He who has all jobs is liar.

A mule driver is not aware of the stink of his animals.

Sana’a is a ‘must’, however long the journey takes.

Compete — don’t envy.

If speech is of silver, silence is golden.

You play with a snake and call it a worm.

The master of the people is their servant.

Who dies today is safe from tomorrow’s sin.

What you sow, so shall you reap.

A bird in hand is worth ten in a tree.

A hungry dog will eat his own excrement.

If the time has passed, there is no point in preparing.

A foreigner should be well-behaved.

A friend in time of need is a friend indeed.

A woman is a woman even if she blows the pipe.

From a pound of talk, an ounce of understanding.

He, who wants everything, gets nothing.

Every sickness begins in the stomach.

He who talks much is not respectable.

A sick person is a prisoner.

Trouble comes to you at the end of night.

A white piaster for a black day.

A blind woman dyes a mad one with henna and deaf one listens.

Out of sight, out of mind.

United Republic, is the national anthem of Yemen. It was formerly the anthem of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) but it became the anthem of the whole country when both sides merged in 1990.

Yemeni National Anthem ( English Translation):

Repeat, O World, my song.
Echo it over and over again.
Remember, through my joy, each martyr.
Clothe him with the shining mantles of our festivals.
Repeat, O World, my song.
My unity, Oh marvelous song which fills my heart,
You are the promise of all to come,
My banner, Oh cloth nailed from every sun
Raised forever, on every peak
My nation, give me strength, Oh source of strength
And save me for you, the best of nations.
In faith and love I am part of mankind,
And I shall march first among the Arabs.
And my heart beat shall remain that of a Yemenite.
No foreigner shall ever hold dominion over Yemen.

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