ENGLISH PROVERBS AND SAYINGS

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Nothing defines a culture as distinctly as its language, and the element
of language that best encapsulates a society’s values and beliefs is
its proverbs…Proverbs are short and pithy sayings that express some traditionally
held truth. They are usually metaphorical and often, for the sake of
memorability, alliterative. (from http://www.phrases.org.uk)

This is one of the most difficult part of a language to learn. Here you are a very complete list of links where you can find lots of interesting and useful information about sayings and proverbs, and also exercises!

Sayings and Proverbs in English. Sayings may be classified under a number of different
terms, of which proverb is probably the best known. Other types of
saying are adage, maxim, motto, epigram and aphorism. On this page you will read all the previous terms and also find a lot of sayings and quizzes.

Alphabetical list of proverbs with explanation and/or meaning A- K

Alphabetical list of proverbs with explanation and/or meaning L- Z

Spanish proverbs and sayings with their English equivalents

Exercise 1. Match the correct ending.

Exercise 2.  Complete the proverb with the correct word.

Exercise 3.  Finish the proverb with one of the endings given.

Exercise 4.  Finish the proverb with one of the endings given.

Exercise 5.  Finish the proverb with one of the endings given.

More exercises

2 Comentarios

  1. Don’t you think this material is too much? I would like know what poverbs are more famous in the same situation as in Spain.
    Tomorrow you tell me the mistakes about this text. I will arrived a little late to our English class.

  2. Mª Luisa Sánchez

    12 marzo, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Anonymous.
    Thanks for your comment. I know there is a lot of material here but this is just a reference and recompilation of almost everything you may need when studying proverbs. Anyway, you shouldn’t worry, at least until next class 😉 where we work on this and we will talk about the commonest ones, as you told.

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