Algerian Proverbs - Annaba - El Djaza´r - The Press Argelins - Oran

Algerian proverbs and sayings

  • Skatna lou, dkhal ba hmarou
    As we didn't say a word, he thought he could do anything he liked
  • Serr tnin ya ârfouh alfin
    A secret for two, soon a secret for nobody
  • El gaïb hedjtou maâh
    The absent has always got a justification
  • Aïnek miszanek
    Your eye is the only way you can judge things
  • Aâlamnahoum slate sabkouna lahsira
    We taught them to pray, they got to the Mosque before us
  • Essahba sahba oua niya makanch
    Friendship, we call it friendship, but without sincerity
  • Djouz aâla el ouad el haddar ouala djouz aâla el ouad essaket
    Cross the loud river but don't cross the silent one
  • Ki nchouf ham el nass nansa hami
    When I think of the others's misfortunes, I forget mine
  • Esberr maftah el djena
    Patience is the key to paradise
  • El moumen ma koun haqoud
    A believer can't be spiteful
  • Ma yaqâd fi ouad ghir hadjarou
    The only thing left in the wadi are its stones
  • Hbibek min charkek fi lafrah oua laqrah
    A friend is someone who shares your happiness and your pains
  • Aïnde echedda oua diq yadhar laâdou min sdik
    You know who your friend and your enemy are during difficult moments Lahyout ândhoum wadnin
    Walls have ears
  • Li fi kerchou tben ma khaf mi nar
    The one whose belly isn't full of straw isn't afraid of fire
  • .Ma yaraqdou hatta yathalfou ouama yathalfou hatta yatkhalfou
    They only fall asleep after having mutually taken an oath and then they betray each other
  • El Yedd li tmedd khir men yedd li tchedd
    The hand which gives is better than the one which receives
  • Laklam lahlou yaldhaâ labba
    The soft tongue is sucked by the lioness. That is to say that when you speak kindly, you can tame the great carnivores, the most rebellious people, those who inspire terror
  • El mehamia taghleb essbaâ
    The union of means triumphs over the lion. Unity is strength
  • Koul klam elkhir ouala skout khir
    Speak kindly or refrain you from talking
  • Yedd ouahda ma tsafek
    One hand can't applaud
  • Elli Khaff slem
    The one who shows his fears ensures his salvation
  • Aâdou aâkel khir min sdik djahel
    A sensible enemy is better than a narrow-minded friend
  • Lahna yegleb laghna
    Peace wins over wealth
  • Echerka helka
    To associate oneself is a dangerous move
  • El Hadj Moussa, Moussa el Hadj
    Is used to say that in a choice the options are all as bad as the others
  • Laghrab habb yemchi mechyet lahmama nsa mechitou
    The crow wanted to mimic the pigeon's walk and forgot his own
  • Ki kan hey mechtaq tamra ou ki mat aâlqoulou aârdjoun
    When he was alive, he looked enviously at any dates. When he died, they hung a bunch for him
  • Açel laâdaoua mzah
    There is an excess of familiarity at the root of all hostility

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