★☆☆Listeners Tell Their Favorite Proverbs

2013年06月03日 ★☆☆, 2013年6月以前の記事, Education, VOA.

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  1. proverb /ˈprɑ:ˌvɚb/ (n.)a brief popular saying (such as “Too many cooks spoil the broth”) that gives advice about how people should live or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true
  2. flock /ˈflɑ:k/ (v.)to gather or move in a crowd
  3. alike /əˈlaɪk/ (adj.)similar in appearance, nature, or form
  4. charity /ˈtʃerəti/ (n.)the act of giving money, food, or other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick, etc.
  5. ladder /ˈlædɚ/ (n.)a device used for climbing that has two long pieces of wood, metal, or rope with a series of steps or rungs between them


Listeners Tell Their Favorite Proverbs

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 (1)A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Many proverbs give advice about the best way to live.

(2) We asked our listeners to send us their favorite proverbs. A short time later, we received suggestions from around the world. We heard from listeners in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

(3) The top proverb among these listeners is this one: “Where there is a will, there is a way.” This means that you can rise above your problems if you have a goal and work very hard.

(4) Some listeners liked another proverb: “Strike while the iron is hot.” This means it is best to take action quickly and at the right time. Another favorite proverb was, “God helps those who help themselves.”

(5) Xu Daju from China wrote that his country has thousands of proverbs. Several of them are also used in the United States. One example is “Birds of a feather flock together.” This means that people who are alike often become friends or spend time together.

(6) Another proverb is “Blood is thicker than water.” This means family ties are stronger than other relationships. A similar proverb states “Charity begins at home.” A person should help his family or close friends before helping others.

(7) Alina from China sent us this proverb: “He who would climb a ladder must begin at the bottom.” That is good advice when working around your home or looking for a job.

(8) Antonio Jose from Brazil says his favorite proverb is “Tell me who walks with you, and I’ll tell you who you are.” Didier Vermeulen of France sent us this one: “It does not matter the speed you go. The most important thing is to never stop.”

(9) Wafaa from Egypt says his favorite proverb is, “Think twice, act wise.” He also says he is making an effort to use this saying in his life.

(10) Another favorite proverb among our listeners is “Practice makes perfect.” This means you will become good at something if you keep doing it. Another popular proverb is: “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

(11) Najeeb from Afghanistan sent us this proverb: “If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.”

(12) And, here is the favorite proverb of Marius Meledje in Ivory Coast: “Your defeat now is your victory in the future.” He says it means you can learn from your mistakes. This will help you do better when facing similar situations in the future.


*Let’s talk about the article base on the questions below

  1. What is your favorite proverb/saying? Can you explain its meaning?
  2. Do you think proverbs are helpful in building or judging a person’s character? Why?
  3. How true is the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself”? Please support your answer.