5 Useful English proverbs

Hello ABA friends!

I hope you are all having a great day!

Do you know what proverbs are? If you don’t, you’ve come to the right place, proverbs are a collection of wise expressions or sayings which generally exist in every language.

Instead of saying a full sentence to someone we often just say a “proverb” and they are able then to understand what we mean. “Proverbs” are used to offer advice or warnings and do not seem to make much sense until learned properly.

Let’s take a look at 5 of the most common proverbs in English.

1- “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”

This proverb means that a person should not criticize others for something they have done, because nobody is perfect.

-I can’t believe she accepted money from her father again!

-Jill, so did you, remember that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

2- “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”

This proverb is used to when we want to express the need to carry on, even though a situation may be difficult of we may find ourselves in a position where we see no solution to our problem.

-The football team was about to lose the match and they felt very despondent, but the couch reminded them that when the going gets tough the tough gets going.

3- “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”

This proverb is used when we want to say something bad may happen and it’s important to be prepared for anything.

-I’m so nervous about the job interview, I haven’t slept all night, I hope I get the job!

-Look, Mark, hope for the best and prepare for the worst. If you don’t get it just look for something else.

4- “Birds of a feather flock together.”

People who have the same interests or people who enjoy similar things normally spend time together.

-All the art students at school never socialise with different people, they just sit together and have lunch together without talking to anyone else!

– Don’t worry Mike. Birds of a feather flock together. they probably have a lot more in common than with the other students.

5- “There’s no place like home”

This proverb is used when we want to express how happy we are to be home, or to express that there is no better place to be than at home.

-That was an incredible trip around Europe, but I’m so tired now and there’s no place like home!

Well, I hope you enjoyed those proverbs. Keep on practicing them as much as you can and soon it’ll be second nature! Until next time!

Good luck!

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