Literal translation Where the gift comes from there is hunger
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Literal translation When you eat, remember to praise Tembwe because he is the owner of the meat.
Literal translation The child of a generous person never starves Contextual interpretation You will always be compensated for a good deed. When you are generous to people, they are most likely to retain the generosity to you and your children.
Literal translation They only appreciate me when it comes to hard work but forget me when food is ready. Contextual interpretation People should be appreciated at all times not only when we need them.
Literal translation To move a seesaw needs reciprocation Contextual interpretation In order for a relationship to blossom, you need to help each other. Friendship is reciprocal.
Literal translation: To give is to hang Contextual interpretation: Those who give freely will receive more in return. You will always be compensated in one way or another for your generosity. (Giving is investing
Literal translation: To give is to hang (hang clothes) Contextual Interpretation: Those who give freely, more is given to them in return. You will always be compensated in one way or another for your generosity. Giving is investing.
Literal Translation A clean bone without meat had at one time a lot of steak on it. Contextual Translation When we see an old person (mucembele) we forget that he/she was at one time young and strong. We should always learn and appreciate/value people regardless of their age, status, etc
Literal Translation: A small hand always follows another small hand. Contextual Interpretation: A good deed follows another.
LITERAL TRANSLATION If a friend’s beard is on fire, help him put it out, tomorrow it may be his turn to help you out. CONTEXTUAL INTERPRETATION When a friend is in trouble, help him/her as he/she is likely to return the favour in the near future. A good turn deserves another.
LITERAL TRANSLATION A knife that is already sharp should be used to sharpen the blunt one. CONTEXTUAL INTERPRETATION A person who is trained or has knowledge should help others.