List of languages

Go to ‘Search’, type one of the languages below, and you will find all proverbs in the language concerned.

  • Abazin – Russian Federation
  • Abkhaz – Georgia, Russian Federation, Turkey
  • Acholi – Uganda, Sudan
  • Adangme – Ghana
  • Adyghe – Russian Federation
  • Afar – Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia
  • Afrikaans – South Africa
  • Allagish – Turkey
  • Agmari – India
  • Akan – see Ashanti
  • Akkadian – Mesopotamia
  • Albanian – Albania, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey
  • Amharic – Ethiopia
  • Andrah – India
  • Arabic – Middle East (e.g. Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen), Maghreb (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia), other Muslim countries, Spain
  • Armenian – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, other parts of former USSR
  • Ashanti/Asante (Twi, Akan language group) – Ghana, Ivory Coast
  • Assam – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India
  • Awar – Russian Federation, Azerbaijan
  • Azeri – Azerbaijan, Iran
  • Baatomun – Benin, Nigeria
  • Bambara – Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and several other West African areas
  • Bamum – West Africa (e.g. Cameroon)
  • Bari – Sudan
  • Bashkir – Russian Federation
  • Bassar – Cameroon, Togo
  • Basque – France, Spain
  • Baule – Ivory Coast
  • Bedouin – Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
  • Belorussian – Belarus, Lithuania
  • Bemba – Zambia, Congo DR, Tanzania
  • Bembe – Congo PR
  • Bengali – Bangladesh, India
  • Berber – several areas in Northern Africa (e.g. Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia)
  • Beti – Cameroon
  • Bhojpuri – India
  • Bihari – India, Nepal
  • Bisa – Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo
  • Bulgarian – Bulgaria, parts of Greece, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine
  • Bulu – Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon
  • Buryat – Russian Federation, Mongolia
  • Burmese – Myanmar
  • Catalan – Andorra, France, Spain
  • Chagga – Tanzania, East Africa
  • Chechen – Russian Federation
  • Cherkess – Russian Federation
  • Chewa – Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Chinese – China, Taiwan
  • Chaungtha – see Khiongtha
  • Chuvash – Russian Federation, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
  • Creole – Bahamas, Belize, Dominican Republic, French Antilles, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Marie-Galante, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago (NB: the various countries and areas have their own Creole languages. Thus Haitian Creole differs from Trinidadian Creole, etc)
  • Croatian – see Serbian/Croatian
  • Czech – Czech Republic, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Danish – Denmark
  • Dargin – Russian Federation
  • Digor (dialect of Ossetian) – Russian Federation
  • Dolgan – Russian Federation
  • Duala – Cameroon
  • Dutch – Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname
  • Efik – Nigeria
  • Egyptian, Ancient – Ancient Egypt
  • English – Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda, Hawaii, Jamaica, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, UK, USA, many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Estonian – Estonia and surrounding regions
  • Fang – Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon
  • Filipino (Tagalog) – Philippines
  • Finnish – Finland
  • Fiote – Angola and Cabinda, Congo DR, Gabon
  • Flemish – Belgium
  • Fon – Benin, Togo
  • Frafra – Ghana, Burkina Faso
  • French – Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland, USA, many countries (formerly) governed by France
  • Frisian – Netherlands, Germany
  • Fulfulde – West Africa (e.g. Nigeria, Senegal; also spread as far as Sudan)
  • Ga – Ghana
  • Gagauz – Moldova, Russian Federation
  • Galla – see Oromo
  • Ganda – Uganda
  • German – Austria, Germany, Switzerland, USA (Pennsylvania)
  • Gikuyu/Kikuyu – Kenya
  • Giryama – Kenya
  • Greek – Greece
  • Georgian – Georgia, Israel
  • Guaraní – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay
  • Hausa – West Africa (e.g. Niger, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, and as far as Sudan)
  • Haya – Tanzania, Uganda
  • Hebrew – Israel (and spoken by Jews elsewhere in the Middle East, e.g. in Iraq, Morocco, Turkey, Yemen etc, and elsewhere in the world at large)
  • Hehe – Tanzania
  • Hindi – India
  • Hungarian – Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Yugoslavia and Montenegro
  • Icelandic – Iceland
  • Igbo – Nigeria
  • Ikwere – Nigeria
  • Ila – Zambia
  • Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) – Indonesia
  • Inuit, Inuktitut – CanadaIrish – Ireland
  • Italian – France (including Corsica), Italy, Switzerland
  • Jaba – Liberia, Nigeria
  • Japanese – Japan
  • Kabardino-Cherkess – Russian Federation, Turkey
  • Karachay-Balkar – Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgysztan, Uzbekistan
  • Kalmuk – Russian Federation
  • Kamba – Kenya
  • Kanuri – Niger, Nigeria
  • Karakalpak – Russian Federation, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
  • Karelian – Russian Federation
  • Kashmiri – India, Pakistan
  • Kazakh – Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • Khakass/Chakas – Russian Federation
  • Khmer – Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Khiongtha – Bangladesh, India
  • Kirghiz – Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
  • Komi – Russian Federation
  • Kongo/Kikongo – Congo DR
  • Korean – China, North and South Korea, Japan
  • Krio – Sierra Leone
  • Kru – Ivory Coast, Liberia
  • Kumyk – Russian Federation, Turkey, Kazakhstan
  • Kundu – Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Togo
  • Kurdish – Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey
  • Kweli – Cameroon
  • Ladino – spoken by Sefardic Jews in the Balkans, Middle East (e.g. Libya, Iraq, Israel), Maghreb (e.g. Morocco, Tunisia), Greece, Turkey
  • Lak – Russian Federation
  • Lao – Laos
  • Latin – former Roman Empire
  • Latvian – Latvia
  • Lega – Congo DR
  • Letzeburgish – Luxembourg
  • Lezgian – Azerbaijan, Russian Federation
  • Lingala – Congo DR
  • Lithuanian – Lithuania
  • Lokaniti – Myanmar
  • Luba – Congo DR
  • Lunda – Angola, Congo DR, Zambia
  • Luo – Kenya, Uganda
  • Macedonian – Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia
  • Makua – Mozambique
  • Malagasy – Madagascar and adjacent islands
  • Malay – Malaysia
  • Malayalam – India
  • Maltese – Malta
  • Mamprusi-Mampruli – Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo
  • Mandinka – West Africa (e.g. Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal)
  • Maori – Cook Islands, New Zealand
  • Mapuche – Argentina, Chile
  • Marathi – India
  • Masai, Maasai – East Africa (e.g. Kenya, Tanzania)
  • Mboshi – Congo PR
  • Mende – Liberia, Sierra Leone
  • Minangkabau – Indonesia, Malaysia
  • Minyanka – Mali
  • Moldovan/Moldavian – Moldova
  • Mongo – Congo DR
  • Mongolian – China, Mongolia
  • Moore, see Mossi
  • Moorish – Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Spain
  • Mordvin – Russian Federation
  • Mossi/Moore – West Africa (e.g. Burkina Faso)
  • Multani – India, Pakistan
  • Nama – Namibia
  • Nandi – Kenya
  • Ndebele – South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Nenets – Russian Federation
  • Neo-Aramaic – Iraq
  • Nepali/Nepalese – Bhutan, Nepal
  • Ngaka Bali-Nyonga (dialect of Mungaka) – Cameroon
  • Ngbaka – Central African Republic
  • Ngwana – Congo DR
  • Nubian/Nobiin – Sudan, Egypt
  • Nogay – Russian Federation
  • Norwegian – Norway
  • Nubian/Nobiin – Egypt, Sudan
  • Nyanja – Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia
  • Oromo – Ethiopia, Kenya
  • Ossetian – Georgia, Russian Federation
  • Ovambo – Angola, Namibia
  • Palaung – China, Myanmar
  • Papiamentu – Aruba, Caribbean, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname
  • Pashto/Pashtu – Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Persian – Iran
  • Pidgin (i.e. Jamaican Pidgin) – Jamaica (NB Various countries have their own Pidgin languages)
  • Polish – Poland
  • Portuguese – Brazil, Portugal including (former) Portuguese colonial territories, Spain
  • Punjabi – India, Pakistan
  • Quecha – Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru
  • Rajasthani – India
  • Romanian – Moldova, Romania
  • Ronga – Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Rundi – Burundi
  • Russian – Russian Federation and other former republics of USSR/sovjet sphere of influence
  • Rwanda/Kinyarwanda – Burundi, Congo DR, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania
  • Sanskrit – India
  • Sara – Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan
  • Scottish – UK
  • Sena – Malawi, Mozambique
  • Senufo – Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso
  • Serbian – see Serbian/Croatian
  • Serbian/Croatian (now known as Serbian, Croatian or Bosnian, depending on the ethnicity of the speaker) – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Yugoslavia and Montenegro
  • Shona – Zimbabwe
  • Shor – Russian Federation
  • Sinhalese – India, Maldives, Sri Lanka
  • Slovak – Slovakia
  • Slovenian – Austria, Italy, Slovene
  • Somali – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia
  • Songye – Congo DR
  • Sorbian – Germany
  • Sotho – Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa
  • Spanish – both Americas (e.g. Antigua and Barbuda,
  • Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela), Morocco, Philippines, Spain including Canary Islands
  • Sranan/Sranantongo – Aruba, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname
  • Sukuma – Tanzania
  • Sumerian – Mesopotamia
  • Swahili – East Africa (e.g. Congo DR, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar)
  • Swedish – Finland, Sweden
  • Swiss – Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
  • Tagalog – see Filipino
  • Tajik – Afghanistan, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
  • Tamashek – West Sahara
  • Tamil – India, Sri Lanka
  • Tangut – China
  • Tatar – Bulgaria, China, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey
  • Tati – Azerbaijan, Iran, Russian Federation
  • Telegu – Bahrain, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore
  • Thai – Thailand
  • Tibetan – Buthan, India, Nepal, Tibet
  • Tigrinya – Ethiopia, Eritrea
  • Tiv – Nigeria
  • Tonga – Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Tsonga – South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe
  • Tswana – Botswana, South Africa
  • Tumbuka – Malawi, Zambia
  • Turkish – Cyprus, Turkey, also elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East
  • Turkmen – Turkmenistan
  • Twi – see Ashanti
  • Udmurt – Russian Federation
  • Ukrainian – Ukraine
  • Umbundu – Angola
  • Urdu – India, Pakistan
  • Uyghur – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Uzbekistan
  • Uzbek – Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
  • Vai – Liberia, Sierra Leone
  • Venda – South Africa
  • Vietnamese – Vietnam
  • Welsh – UK (Wales)
  • Wolof – Gambia, Senegal
  • Woyo – Congo DR
  • Xhosa – South Africa
  • Yaka – Congo DR
  • Yakut – Russian Federation
  • Yiddish – most countries with a Jewish population in Europe (e.g. Netherlands, Russian Federation), Israel
  • Yoruba – Benin, Nigeria, Togo
  • Zulu – South Africa, Swaziland