Now, the VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR
Today we explain more popular proverbs. A proverb is a short, well known saying that
expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are popular around the world.
listeners have sent us their favorite proverbs.
They give advice about how to live. We begin with two popular proverbs about staying
healthy by eating good food: One is an
apple a day keeps the doctor away. Another
is you are what you eat.
Several proverbs about birds also
give advice. You may have heard this one:
The early bird catches the worm. This means a person who gets up early, or
acts quickly, has the best chance of success.
Another famous proverb
is a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. This means you should not risk losing
something you have by seeking something that is not guaranteed.
Here is another piece of
advice: Do not count your chickens
before they are hatched. In other words, you should not think too
much about some future event before it really happens.
Another proverb warns do not put all your eggs in one basket. This means you should not put all of your
resources together in one place because you could risk losing everything at one
time. Many Americans learned this the
hard way by investing all their money in stock shares, which then lost value. Another proverb says a fool and his money are soon parted. This means someone who acts unwisely with
money will lose it.
is more advice: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Also, never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
might learn that haste makes waste if
you do something too fast, resulting
in mistakes. Most people would agree with this proverb:
honesty is the best policy.
another proverb advises us not to be concerned about something bad that you
cannot change. It says there is no use crying over spilled milk.
you agree with the proverb that children
should be seen and not heard? Maybe you have told your children that hard work never hurt anyone. But other people say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. They believe it is not wise to spend all
your time working and never having fun.
here is one of our favorite proverbs: People
who live in glass houses should not throw stones. This means you should not criticize other
people unless you are perfect yourself.
VOA Special English program was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Barbara Klein. You can find more proverbs and other WORDS
AND THEIR STORIES at our Web site, voaspecialenglish.com.