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TLW ~ Basic English ~ Vocabulary for Speaking

~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Topic 22 ~ Proverbs, Sayings, and Adages Two ~

Section One: Description and Matching ~  Print  (Sections 1 and 2)



A saying is anything that can be spoken and has significance in a modern communities.

It is often called a Ą°quoteĄ± when an individual can be identified with it.


A proverb is a set of words that contain a lesson or advice passed on over the years.


An adage is a commonly accepted truth that most people would agree with.



Also be aware that the above categories may blend together at times.



~ Match the proverbs and sayings with their meanings below:


1) A picture is worth 1000 words.


2) Birds of a feather flock together.


3) DonĄŻt bite off more than you can chew.


4) Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


5) Don't count your chickens before they hatch.


6) Don't give up your day job.


7) Don't cry over spilled milk.


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A) Treat people fairly (also known as "The Golden Rule"). 


B) You might like something but you arenĄŻt very good at it. 


C) High expectations can lead to disappointment.  


D) Images can often spark the imagination.


E) DonĄŻt attempt to do something you canĄŻt finish.


F) Learn from your mistakes/misfortunes and move on.


G) People who are alike are often friends (can be used negatively).


Section Two: Examples ~ Discuss the content  (related to 1~7 above)


1) There are photos in my high school yearbook that bring back memories.


2) People who smoke usually hang out together during their break time.


3)  I took six classes this semester. IĄŻm afraid IĄŻll have to drop one or two.


4) The bully at school doesnĄŻt seem to understand The Golden Rule.


5) John was sure the girl would go out with him, but she turned him down.


6) You might want to be a painter, but I doubt you can sell anything.


7) Even though your spouse ran off with another, get on with your life.

Section Three: Vocabulary ~ Proverbs Two ~ Questions ~ Print (Section 3)


1) Do you have any photos, artwork, or images that bring back memories? Tell.




2) At anytime in the past, have you hung out with a clique of friends? Explain.




3) Do you or someone you know ever take on more work than can be accomplished?




4) What does The Golden Rule mean to you? Do you ever think about it? Explain.




5) Have you (or others) ever been overconfident and failed your expectations? Tell.




6) Is there something you would really like to do but canĄŻt make a living at it? Tell.




7) Have you ever spilled, dropped, broken something, fell, or got lost? Tell.




Now: Answer the questions above according to your own experience


Next: Make your own questions related to the proverbs and examples presented

Links:   1) Wiki idioms    2) English Idioms     3) Common Proverbs    4) World Proverbs   

How to Make a Lesson ~ Procedures


1)   To begin with, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, talk about structure, then match the items.

2)   After that, talk about the examples in the second section. Create discussion questions.

3)   Next, select and answer any of the questions in your own way in section three.

4)   Include as many students as possible. Endeavor to create a discussion. Then follow up.