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English Language Sayings And Proverbs: Part 2

 

As I explained in part 1 of this blog post- native speakers are always using some form of saying or proverb. They are also often used in writing and in presentations. Although when giving a presentation one ……should consider who the audience is. For example in presentations given to international audiences one must take into consideration cultural differences, a saying’s meaning may not mean the same to, say, a Japanese audience. Or at least it may simply be misunderstood especially if the proverb is meant to convey some humour. Humour from one culture to another is often times quite unique so a simple joke may be taken in the wrong way or met with dead silence, when the speaker was hoping for some laughter. So as the saying goes ” forewarned is to be forearmed”….in other words-Know your audience!

Here are some more commonly used sayings and proverbs from the English language:

forwarned is to be forearmed if you know about problems, dangers, etc. before they happen, you can be better prepared for them

all that glistens is not gold not everything that seems good, attractive, etc. is actually good, etc

money doesn’t grow on trees used to tell somebody not to use something or spend money carelessly because you don’t have a lot of it

hope springs eternal people never stop hoping

ignorance is bliss if you don’t know about something you cannot worry about it

you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink you can give somebody the opportunity to do something, but you can’t force them to do it if they don’t want to

don’t judge a book by it’s cover used to say that you should not form an opinion about somebody or something from their appearance only

 

 

he who laughs last laughs longest used to tell somebody not to be proud of their present success; in the end another person may be more successful

where there’s life (, there’s hope) in a bad situation you must not give up hope because there there is always a chance that it will  improve   

the lights are on but nobody’s home used to describe somebody who is stupid, not thinking clearly or not paying attention

live and let live used to say that you should accept other people’s opinions and behaviour even though they are different from your own

love is blind when you love someone, you cannot see their faults

money talks people who have a lot of money have more power and influence than others…….. ( how things are these days)

no news is good news if there were bad news we would hear about it, so as we have heard nothing, it is likely that nothing bad has happened

no pain no gain used to say that you need to suffer if you want to achieve something… you have to work really hard

practice makes perfect a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity regularly and try to improve your skill, you will  be very good at it

OK I will end this blog post on the meaning of the last saying- practice makes perfect, so keep practicing your English language learning, regularly try to improve your skills in speaking English and surely you will become perfect………..

So good luck with your English language learning

Simon

Ok English

 

 

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English Language-Sayings And Proverbs : Part 1

              Native English Speakers often use sayings and proverbs when making comments on certain situations, experiences or to support an opinion. In fact native speakers love to use sayings and proverbs. Both for the purpose of humour and to emphasize a point. Below is the first part of a list  I will post on my blog of well-known sayings and proverbs: fixed phrases or sentences that give advice or say something that is generally true.

Sometimes a speaker will even leave out part of the phrase in a sentence because it is so well known. The part that is often left out is shown in brackets as an example of my point. what the eye doesn’t see ( the heart doesn’t grieve over) or when the going gets tough (the tough get going) : Yes it’s a difficult challenge…but when the going gets tough…..!

Here are some examples of popular sayings and proverbs. More will be posted in part 2 of  this topic.

absence makes the heart grow fonder used to say that when you are away from someone or somewhere you love, you  love them or it even more.

there’s no accounting for taste used to say how difficult it is to understand why someone likes someone or something that you do not like at all.

actions speak louder than words what a person actually does means more than what they say they will do.

it’ll be alright on the night used to say that a performance, an event, etc, will be sucessful even if the preparations for it have not gone well.

the apple never falls far from the tree a child usually behaves in a similar way to his or her parent(s)

                             

if you can’t beat them, join them if you can’t defeat somebody or be as successful as they are, then it is more sensible to join them in what they are doing and perhaps get some advantage for yourself by doing so.

beauty is in the eye of the beholder people all have different ideas about what is beautiful. It can be apearance. intellect or other qualities that an individual defines as beautiful in another person.

beauty is only skin deep how a person looks is less important than their character.

you’ve made your bed now must lie on it you must accept the results of your actions

beggars can’t be choosers people say beggars can’t be choosers when there is no choice and somebody should just be satisfied with what is available.

seeing is believing used to say that somebody  will have to believe that something is true when they see it, although they do not think it is true now.

there’s one born every minute used to say that somebody is very stupid.

every cloud has a silver lining every sad or difficult situation or experience has a positive side, something to learn from that will make us wiser etc.

easy come easy go used to mean that somebody does not care very much about money or possessions especially if they spend it or lose something. People who are not very materialistc have this attitude in life.

the end justifies the means bad or unfair methods of doing something are acceptable if the results of that action is good or positive.

enough is enough used when you think that something should not continue any longer.

so far, so good used to say that things have been successful until now and you hope they continue to do so, but you know the task etc.  is not complete yet, is not finished yet.

fools rush in (where angels fear to tread) people with little experience try to do the difficult or dangerous things which more experienced people not even consider doing.

what goes around comes around the way somebody behaves towards other people will effect the way those people behave towards them in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that was a quick look at sayings and proverbs, more to come in part 2.

Good luck with your English language learning, and ‘live to fight another day’ ….

Simon

Ok English

 

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10 Most Conflicting Proverbs in the English Language.

1. Actions speak louder than words .The pen is mightier than the sword. A silent man is a wise one. A man without words is a man without thoughts.

2. Knowledge is power. Ignorance is bliss.

3. Look before you leap. He who hesitates is lost. Cross your bridges when you come to them. Forewarned is forearmed.

4. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Better safe than sorry.

5. Two heads are better than one. If you want something done right, do it yourself.

6. Many hands make light work. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

7. Great minds think alike. Fools seldom differ.

8. Birds of a feather flock together. Opposites attract.

9. The bigger, the better. The best things come in small packages.

10. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Out of sight, out of mind.

Do you know any more ?

Good luck with your English language learning.

Simon

Ok English

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