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Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques.
Today, I’ll teach you some English proverbs. If you don’t know what proverbs are, continue listening.
And with a story, you will improve your grammar intuitively but without memorizing any rules!
Remember! You can get the transcript of this episode at speakenglishpodcast.com.
Ok. Let’s get started!
First of all, what’s a proverb?
A proverb is a popular saying that highlights the basic facts of life. Some of them are quite serious, although others are very funny.
Just like idioms, proverbs often have a greater meaning. It’s not just individual words put together.
Great. So, what’s the difference between an expression and a proverb?
Many English learners find it hard to learn idioms, and that’s because they don’t usually make literal sense.
Proverbs, on the other hand, are easier to guess, although their significance is greater, usually more philosophical.
Let’s learn some proverbs:
1) Growing old is mandatory. Growing up? Definitely optional.
Oh, yeah! This first one is quite philosophical, and especially those who are growing old understand the meaning of this proverb.
While our body inevitably ages, our behavior doesn’t need to change. We can be young forever 🙂
2) Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.
Usually foolish people don’t take any advice, otherwise they wouldn’t be foolish. Right?
3) Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
Another wise proverb. Our lives are short, so it’s best to observe how other’s make mistakes and learn from them.
That’s why we don’t need to try everything ourselves. For example, we have been told that fire burns, so we don’t stick our hands in the oven when it is at a high temperature. Right?[END of EXTRACT]
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