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Proverbs yeah! So many of you have been asking me quite often to come and bring some very common proverbs that native speakers use on a daily basis and I decided to pick 08 of them and also share the meaning of each one. If you don’t know what proverbs are, here’s a quick explanation: Proverbs are commonly used expressions that illustrate a specific point. They differ from idioms because idioms don’t always make literal sense, but if you have a context, you can usually work out what a proverb means
Proverbs can be very cliched because they are frequently used, but they do come in handy at times when you’re looking for a good way to say something and want a phrase that everyone will identify with because it reflects accepted wisdom.
Oh, and just one detail: Proverbs are common among young and old people and they can be either used in a formal or informal situation. You choose. So, for today I brought 08 proverbs. Let’s get it started.
- “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” (again)
This proverb is used when someone has done something bad to you and trying to get revenge will only make things worse. It is used to emphasize that it is not acceptable to do something bad to someone just because they did something bad to you first. For instance: “I know your brother hit you, but don’t hit back. You know two wrongs don’t make a right”
- That’s a great proverb and just out of curiosity, Tuca taught me that one some years ago. “Great minds think alike”
Whenever you find someone who has the same idea as you, so you can tell her/him: Awesome, great minds think alike which means, it was a coincidence that, at the same time, both of you had the same idea, same opinion. Like: “Let’s break for lunch.” “I was thinking of the same thing; great minds think alike!”
- Next proverb is a very handy one for situations where you’re planning to start or change something. “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.” It means, bad things might happen, so be prepared. In other words, you should have a positive attitude, but make sure you are ready for a disaster. Let me give you an example to make it clear: “While my father was in the hospital after his heart attack, we hoped for the best and prepared for the worst.”
- Proverb number four: “Beggars can’t be choosers.” – First of all, let’s try to understand the word beggars. I don’t know if all of you know the meaning of it. A beggar in a general way is a person, typically a homeless one, who lives by asking for money or food. So when you tell someone “Beggars can’t be choosers” it means that those ones who have no other options must be content with what is offered. If you’re asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you. An example? We took the deal at the time because beggars can’t be choosers. Got it?
- Next one: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” – I don’t know why but I love this proverb. I think it sounds so great, so “lemme give you a smart advice” LOL. Well, if someone tells you “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” it means: “Don’t try to improve something that already works fairly well. You’ll probably end up causing new problems.” or “Don’t try to change something that it’s working pretty well”. Let’s see a situation: A: “We don’t really need to implement these ridiculous changes, do we? Our current method is working just fine.”
B: “Well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
- Proverb number 6: “Easy come, easy go.” – Bruno Mars has a song called “Grenade” (I don’t know if you have heard it before) but he starts this song with this exact proverb, check it out: “Easy come, Easy go, That’s just how you live, Oh take, take, take it all but you never give” – What does someone mean when they say “easy come, easy go”? It means that something that is achieved easily is also lost as easily. It’s more common to hear that one when it comes about money like, when you get money quickly, like by winning it, it’s easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.
- Next proverb: “Mind your own business”. This one is very common to say when you wanna tell someone in a rude way that you do not want them to ask about something private. In other words, it’s used to tell someone rudely that you are not going to tell them about something because it does not affect or involve them. A very great example is when someone comes to you and asks: “Where have you been?” and you don’t wanna tell him/her and then you say “Hey, mind your own business ok?”
- And the last proverb from our list today is “Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk” – If you say that someone talks the talk but does not walk the walk, you mean that they do not act in a way that agrees with the things they say. They say something and do something totally different. For example: My sister is always talking the talk but she never walks the walk when it comes to recycling.
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