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Jamaican Proverbs on Cooperation

Do you know what the proverb “Wan finga cyaan ketch lice” means? Learn its meaning in our Jamaican Proverbs on “Cooperation.”

Wan finga cyaan ketch lice.
TRANSLATION: One finger cannot catch lice.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Teamwork and cooperation is needed to achieve goals for the common good.

Wan han wash di oddah.
TRANSLATION: One hand washes the other.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: You help me and I’ll help you.

Bowl guh, packy cum
TRANSLATION: Bowl goes, calabash comes.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: To return a favor or good deed by doing the same.

A nuh ebryting cum fram abuv a blessin
TRANSLATION: Not everything that comes from above is a blessing.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: What may appear to be a blessing may be an attempt to mislead or deceive and doesn’t come from a good source.

Wen po-ah git up, im tun chobble tuh di werl
TRANSLATION: When the poor man gets up, he becomes trouble to the world.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Be careful how you treat people because someday they may be in a position to retaliate if they think you’re responsible for holding them back.

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