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TLW ~ Basic English ~ Vocabulary for Speaking

~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Topic 23 ~ Proverbs, Sayings, and Adages Three ~

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



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

It is often called a quote 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) Dont put your eggs in one basket.


2) Every cloud has a silver lining.


3) It takes one to know one.  


4) I have bigger fish to fry.


5) He's/Shes a chip off the old block.


6) Ignorance is bliss.


7) Dont let the cat out of the bag.


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A) Minor concerns must be put on hold.


B) Secrets revealed usually cause trouble. 


C) You can find peace in avoiding knowledge of bad events.


D) Be diverse. Dont depend on one thing for success.


E) You seem to be a younger version of your mom or dad.


F) Your criticism of me comes from your criticism of yourself.


G) A bad event is often followed by good possibilities.


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


1) Your investment portfolio should include various stocks and bonds.


2) You lost your home to the bank, but you got out of a bad neighborhood.


3)  You think I watch too much TV? I know you are glued to it all day long.


4) Im not worried about the noisy neighbor. Im worried about my boss.


5) Your daughter looks like you and acts the same. Shes your mirror image.


6) I never watch the news on TV. I guess thats why Im always in a good mood.


7) I never tell secrets unless I have no other options, but I know people who do.

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


1) Do you always use the same shop when you order out for food? Tell.




2) Do you really think bad experiences can have some good results? Explain.




3) Is there any (bad) qualities you have that are similar to a friend? Tell.




4) What are your daily priorities? What activities are less important? Explain.




5) Which person in your family seems to be similar to their mom or dad? Tell.




6) Is there something you would rather never think about but have to? Tell.




7) Are you more likely to tell secrets to strangers of friends? Explain.





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.