Jamaican Proverbs

Jamaican Proverbs on Opportunity

Do you know what the proverb “Cotton tree fall dung ram goat jump ovah it” means? Learn it’s meaning in our Jamaican Proverbs on “Opportunity “.

Cotton tree fall dung ram goat jump ovah it.
TRANSLATION:Cotton tree falls down, ram goal jumps over it.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Taking advantage of a situation.

Wha tan too lang serve neda man.
TRANSLATION:What stays too long serves another man.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: A neglected opportunity will benefit another person.

Hag wash ennah di fus waata ‘im ketch.
TRANSLATION:Hog washes in the first water he sees.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Always strive to take advantage of the first opportunity you get.
Take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.
“Strike while the iron is hot.”

Tek whey yuh  git tell yuh git whey yuh want.
TRANSLATION: Take what you can get until you can get what you want.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Every opportunity, well used, can be a stepping stone to realization of your ultimate goals.
Take advantage of small gains because they will lead to your ultimate goals.
“You can’t always get what you want, but you can get what you need.”

Ef yuh cyaan git turkey, yuh haffi satisfy wid Jancro
TRANSLATION: If you are unable to get turkey, then you must be satisfied with John Crow.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: No well-thinking Jamaican would be “caught dead” with a portion of crow’s meat in his plate. However, this proverb simply advises us to be prepared to accept situations that may not be to our liking, for peace sake. Sometimes second-best is not so bad after all.
Be satisfied with what you can accomplish even if it falls short of the goal.
“Take what you can get.”

Befoe gud food pwile, mek belly bus
TRANSLATION: Before allowing good food to spoil, allow the belly to burst.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Taken literally, this proverb could see the demise of many persons who are unable to control their appetite. The moral behind this old saying, however, is that one should make every good use of life’s opportunities; also, never waste or discard today that which you or someone else may be able to use tomorrow.
Take advantage of every opportunity you get.
“Waste not, want not.”

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