A gift from the Arabs
peace be upon you
hi every one
I've brought you a simple gift from the Arabs hope you like it
First : some of the Proverbs
- الوقت كالسيف إن لم تقطعه قطعك.
Time is like a sword. If you did not cut it, it will cut you.
- لا تؤجل عمل اليوم إلى الغد.
Don't delay today's work until tomorrow.
- القناعة كنز لا يفنى.
Content is an everlasting treasure
- من حفر حفرة لأخيه وقع فيها.
who digs a pit to his brother, falls into it
Second : some Arab songs translated into English
Now I've finished
I hope you forgive me if i made a mistake in writing or speech, I still learn English
I hope that you have enjoyed, with the best wishes
Not an Arab, but a student of Arabic. Care if I add some?
أصبحت أميرا و أمسيت أسيرا
Began the day as a king, ended it as a prisoner!
كلفتني مخ البعوض!
Sent me after the brain of a fly!(Meaning you wanted to get rid of me)
البلية اذا عمت، طابت.
When evil spreads, it becomes [good and] tolerable.(Meaning if everybody does wrong, the wrong sounds like right)
من دق الباب سمع الجواب.
Who knocks the door, hears an answer.
تلك بتلك يا عمرو.
This [as a repayment] for that.(Meaning we're even)
Hey there ! As an Arab i must say: Most of the proverbs that you mentioned we don't use despite the one before last. I think they are really old, Approximately 1500 years old specially the last one.
Well ..in the next time I'll be careful not to put too old proverbs ... only 1400 years old :D.....I'm joking,thank you for advice :)
Ruby, sorry if i mixed things up, i was talking about the proverbs in the comment. The proverbs that you mentioned are pretty old, but all of them are usable now a days.
Thank you! My Arabic knowledge is limited to reading, so I'm not going to argue. Still, they're good pieces of advice.(and I can provide sources that they're not fabricated.) Can I ask where you are from? Because I was almost sure about the first one.
I am From Syria.
For example the first one is saying أصبحت أميرا و أمسيت أسيرا Began the day as a prince, ended it as a prisoner!
I guess it refers when Arabs had raids. so in the morning you are the prince of the tripe, and in the end of the day you have been captured as a trophy..
I don't have reference for it though sorry : )
Arabis itself is not 1500 years old as a language! how can a phrase in arabic be that old?! :))
Thank you for your gifts. I find those Arabic proverbs to be especially enjoyable! : D
really nice , thank for your efforts to tell other people that arab is not like what they think