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TLW ~ Basic English ~ Vocabulary for Speaking

~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Topic 24 ~ Proverbs, Sayings, and Adages Four ~

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) Time flies when you're having fun.


2) Good things come to those who wait.


3) Life isn¡¯t a piece of cake.


4) Live and learn.


5) The early bird gets the worm.


6) There¡¯s no free lunch.


7) Look before you leap.


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A) You can improve from your mistakes.


B) Be aware of consequences before you take risks. 


C) Be patient until the situation improves.


D) Those who arrive first benefit the most.


E) You don't notice the clock when having a good time.


F) Everything has a cost.


G) There will always be hard times along the way.


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


1) I was having lunch with an old friend then realized I was late for work.


2) We waited forever for the pizza, but when it came, it was fantastic.


3)  I lost my passport, my wallet was stolen, and I can¡¯t find my hotel.


4) I tried online dating once and learned once was one time too many.


5) The moment the concert tickets went on sale, I was logged in and ready.


6) I went to my mom¡¯s home for a meal and found myself doing the dishes.


7) My friend wanted to try spicy Mexican food and ended up in the restroom.

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


1) When, where, or why are you likely to lose track of time? Tell.




2) Which circumstances make waiting painful for you? Explain.




3) When you run into hard times, who do you go to for advice? Tell.




4) What kind of mistakes do you presently make? Can you overcome them?




5) Are you an early riser or a night owl?  Have you always been so? Tell.




6) Are you in a one-sided relationship, where one person does all the giving? Tell.




7) Are you likely to plan ahead or do you usually act on impulse? 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.