Khakas proverbs

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The Khakas are a Turkic speaking people living in the Republic of Khakassia in southern Siberia in Russia.

The vernacular term for the proverb is сöспек (söspek).


Ат кістезіп танысча, кізі чоохтазып.

  • Transliteration: At kĭstezĭp tanïsča, kĭzĭ čooxtazïp.
  • English translation: Horses become acquainted by neighing, people by talking.


Кӱскӱ кӱн хыс тооза азырапча.

  • Transliteration: Küskü kün xïs tooza azïrapča.
  • English translation: An autumn day feeds a whole winter.


Маңзыраан сеек сӱтке тӱсчең.

  • Transliteration: Maŋzïraan seek sütke tüsčeŋ.
  • English translation: The hurrying fly falls into the milk.
  • Meaning: Haste makes waste.


Полған на тӱлгӱ хузуриин махтапча.

  • Transliteration: Polğan na tülgü xuzuriin maxtapča.
  • English translation: Every fox praises its [own] tail.
  • Meaning: Every cook praises his own broth.


Ӱгренгені пайаанынаң артых.

  • Transliteration: Ügrengenĭ payaanïnaŋ artïx.
  • English translation: Learning is better than becoming rich.


Хортых кізі хозаннаң даа хорыхчаң.

  • Transliteration: Xortïx kĭzĭ xozannaŋ daa xorïxčaŋ
  • English translation: A fearful person even fears the hare.


Чатчатхан тасха торбас öс-парча.

  • Transliteration: Čatčatxan tasxa torbas ös-parča.
  • English translation: Moss grows on a lying stone.
  • Meaning: A rolling stone gathers no moss


Читі кізі пір кізіні сағыбаҷаң.

  • Transliteration: Čitĭ kĭzĭ pĭr kĭzĭnĭ sağïbaĵaŋ.
  • English translation: Seven people do not wait for one person.


References

  • Kirbizhekova, U. N. & Kozlovskij, Ja. A. 1976. Xïyğa sös / Mudroe slovo. Khakasskie poslovicy, pogovorki i zagadki. Abakan.
  • Baskakov, N. A. & Inkizhekova-Grekul, A. I. 1953. Khakassko-russkij slovar’. Moscow.