Proverb of the day: We’re rather (eat) our barley rather than the food of others شعيرنا ولا أكل غيرنا
Ahram Online, , Wednesday 20 Jan 2016
We’re rather (eat) our barley rather than the food of others






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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