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

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) A picture is worth 1000 words.


2) Birds of a feather flock together.


3) Don’t 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.




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. I’m afraid I’ll have to drop one or two.


4) The bully at school doesn’t 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 ~


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 can’t 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







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TLW ~ Pre to Intermediate ~ Lesson 22

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


B) You might like something but you aren’t very good at it. 


C) High expectations can lead to disappointment.  


D) Images can often spark the imagination.


E) Don’t attempt to do something you can’t finish.


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


G) People who are alike are often friends

(can be used negatively).