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
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.