English Proverbs: Every student is given one proverb to memorize. They should memorize the proverb word for word, but they can explain the meaning of the proverb in their own words. |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |Absence makes the heart grow fonder. | |Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. | |There is more than one way to skin a cat. | | | | | | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |If you spend time away from someone you love, you | |You should not depend on just one thing for success. |There is more than one way to solve a problem. In | |will love them even more. In other words, you realize| |Instead, you should diversify your risks. For example, | |other words, if one solution doesn’t work, try to | |how much you love something when you are spend time | |don’t invest all your money in one thing because you | |find another way to solve the problem. | |away from it. | |might lose everything if it fails. | | | | | | | | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it | |What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. |Necessity is the mother of invention. | |drink. | | | | | | | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |People become tougher and wiser by facing hardships. |If you really need to do something you will find a | |You can tell somebody what the best thing to do is, | |For example, if someone cheats you out of money, the | |way. In other words, people can be very creative when| |but you can’t make them do it. In other words, even | |experience will make you wiser so that you | |they have to be. | |if you give somebody good advice, they might not | | | | | |follow it. | | | | | | | | | | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. |Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. | |That’s the pot calling the kettle black. | | | | | | | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |Children grow up to be similar to their parents.
For | |Don’t rely on something that hasn’t happened yet. For | |You shouldn’t criticize other people’s faults if you | |example, if the parents are bad then the child will | |example, you shouldn’t spend money that you haven’t | |have those same faults. For example, if you are lazy | |be bad as well. | |earned yet. | |you shouldn’t complain when other people are lazy. | | | | | | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |Every cloud has a silver lining. | |When it rains, it pours. | |A leopard cannot change its spots. | | | | | | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |There is a positive side to every bad situation. In | |When bad* things happen, they happen all at once.
In | |People cannot change their personality or nature. For| |other words, bad things also produce some good. | |other words, if you have some bad luck, more bad luck | |example, if someone is bad then they will always be | | | |will follow shortly. | |bad (so don’t believe people who say they’ve | | | |(*It is also sometimes used for good things as well. | |changed). | | | | | | | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |Proverb: | |You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. | |Look before you leap. |Too many cooks spoil the broth. | | | | | | | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |Meaning: | |Outward appearances can be deceiving.
In other words,| |You should carefully plan things before you do | |If too many people are managing something, it will | |you should look at something closely before deciding | |anything. In other words, don’t be hasty because If you| |fail. In other words, it’s better to have one person | |if it is good or bad. | |act rashly, you might get hurt. | |directing a project than many people. |