~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Topic 21 ~ Proverbs, Sayings, and Adages One ~

Section One: Definition and Matching ~



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

It is often called a quotewhen 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) Two wrongs don't make a right.


2) People who live in glass houses

should not throw stones.


3) Easy come, easy go.


4) I like religious people except

when they talk about religion.


5) Fortune favors the bold.


6) Better late than never.


7) One man's trash is

another man's treasure.






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


1) If you take my ice cream, I’ll break your pencils.


2) Don’t be a hypocrite. I saw you litter too.


3)  I found an umbrella on the bus and lost it on the train.


4) Evangelicals are usually kind but sooner or later begin to proselytize


5) I can’t believe you spent all your money on Bit coin.


6) You are not on time, but at least you showed up.


7) Don’t throw out that t-shirt, my son will love it.



Section Three: Vocabulary ~ Proverbs One ~ Questions ~


1) What behavior by others would you not forgive easily? Tell.




2) Do people sometimes blame others for actions they do themselves? Explain.




3) Have you ever gambled and succeeded? What did you do with the winnings?




4) What would you do if someone tried to convert you to their religion? Explain.




5) Have you ever done something despite the fact that you were afraid? Tell.




6) Are you more often late for appointments than others? Who? Tell.




7) Have you ever taken something home from the street (garbage)? What?




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   





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TLW ~ Pre to Intermediate ~ Lesson 21

How to Make a Lesson ~ Procedures ~ Print Book Two: Lessons 13 ~ 24 ~


1) In section one, as a class, in groups, or in pairs match the proverbs with their meanings.


2) After that, read and talk about the examples in the second section.


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


4) Take fair turns. Include as many students as possible. Endeavor to create a discussion.


Honor your mistakes, they will lead to learning...

Through this learning, more mistakes will be made…

Through this process, mistakes are no longer mistakes…

They become the act of learning.





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A) You are more likely to succeed if you bravely go after what you want.


B) Not on time is better than not at all.


C) A second misdeed or mistake does not cancel the first.


D) People who try to convert others to their views can be



E) You should not criticize others, because everybody has



F) Something that you consider worthless may be considered valuable by someone else.


G) When you get something easily, it may easily be lost.