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Proverb of the day: We’re rather (eat) our barley rather than the food of others شعيرنا ولا أكل غيرنا

We’re rather (eat) our barley rather than the food of others

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jan 2016
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شعيرنا ولا أكل غيرنا
 
 
Sheirna wala akl gheirna
 
Translation: We’re rather (eat) our barley rather than the food of others.
 
Meaning: This is one of a genre of proverbs that advise people to live within their means rather than ask others for help. A more popular form of the same genre is “homartak el arga wala soal al-laim,” or “ride your lame donkey and don’t ask mean people to lend you a better animal.”
 

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 
 
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