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#EngProverb: Proverbs about Books

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Today, 23 April, is celebrated internationally as World Book and Copyright Day. What is your favourite book?

I am going to share proverbs from various places that are related to the importance of reading a book.

  1. “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” – Arabian Proverb.
  2. “See to it that you have many books and many friends — but be sure they are good ones.” – Spanish Proverb.
  3. “Reading books removes sorrows from the heart.” – Moroccan Proverb.
  4. “A good book praises itself.” – German Proverb.
  5. “Unread books make hollow minds.” – Chinese Proverb.
  6. “Beware of a man of one book.” – English Proverb.
  7. “Whoever writes a book should be ready to accept criticism.” – Iraqi Proverb.
  8. “A donkey that carries a lot of books is not necessarily learned.” – Danish Proverb.
  9. “A book is a good friend when it lays bare the errors of the past.” – Indian Proverb.
  10. “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” – English Proverb.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 23 April, 2018.


#EngProverb: Rain

Hello hey ho, fellas! It has been raining a lot lately and there’s this one song my nephew sings every time it rains. 

Do you know this song? The song goes like this:


Speaking of rain, I’ll share proverbs about rain from various countries. Check them out.

  1. English proverb – “If it rains before seven, ’twill cease before eleven.”
  2. Thai proverb – “Rainbow after the rain.”
  3. Chinese proverb – “When it rains about the break of day, the traveller’s sorrows pass away.”
  4. Welsh proverb – “A flood in the river means fine weather.” 
  5. Spanish proverb – “A river flood, fishes good.”
  6. Greek proverb – “If there is much rain in winter, the spring is generally dry.”
  7. Latin proverb – “After clouds a clear sun.”
  8. German proverb – “Rain in September is good for the farmer, but poison to the vine growers.”
  9. English proverb – “A foul morn may turn to a fine day.”
  10. Cornish proverb – “More rain, more rest.”

There goes all 10 proverbs on rain. Feel free to mention us if you know other proverbs on rain from your country.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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#EngProverb: Anti-corruption

9th of December is observed as World Anti-corruption day. It has been observed annually since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003. The fight against corruption should really be done every day. Don’t you think so, fellas?

In this occasion, we’ll share some proverbs about anti-corruption. Let’s see what people in different countries say about corruption.

  1. “A man can never be perfect in a hundred years; but he may become corrupt in less than a day.” ~ Chinese proverb
  2. “Evil words corrupt good manners.” ~ Romanian proverb
  3. “Power attracts the corruptible.” ~ English proverb
  4. “Money can even corrupt the virtuous.” ~ African proverb
  5. “If the teacher be corrupt, the world will be corrupt.” ~ Persian proverb
  6. “A good purpose is like a doctor and evil purpose corrupts.” ~ Swahili proverb
  7. “The corruption of the best things makes the worst.” ~ Latin proverb
  8. “Evil communications corrupt good manners.” ~ Romanian proverb
  9. “Corruptly acquired goods are not praised by the third heirs.” ~ Sicilian proverb
  10. “One who relates with a corrupt person likewise gets corrupted.” ~ African proverb

We hope these proverbs can motivate us all to fight against the temptations of corruption. We can be a huge influence for people around us for the fight against corruption really starts from ourselves.

  • For fellas who are students, do your best in your studies and don’t cheat in exams.
  • For fellas who work, do your best at your workplace. Be honest in your duties and responsibilities.
  • For fellas who are parents, be a good example for your children. Don’t let them mimic your bad habits.
  • For fellas who drive, cars or motorbikes, obey the traffic rules. Don’t drive against the traffic. Don’t cross the red light. Especially while your children ride with you.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, December 10, 2014


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#EngProverb: Bruegel’s Netherlandish proverbs

In this post, we will talk about a couple of proverbs. They’re not quite from the English side but I think it’s still quite relevant to our life.

Pieter Bruegel is one of the most famous Renaissance Flemish painters (now Belgium) in the world. You might not know that at the time, there are so many proverbs created by the Dutch and Flemish.

Title: ‘Netherlandish Proverbs’ or ‘Flemish Proverbs’ or ‘The Blue Cloak’ or ‘The Topsy Turvy World’ or ‘The Proverbs


Here, in this particular painting, Bruegel literally painted all proverbs that existed at the time.

And it has many titles:

  • Netherlandish Proverbs,
  • Flemish Proverbs,
  • The Blue Cloak,
  • The Topsy Turvy World, or
  • The Proverbs

These small figures characters presented the proverbs, sometimes you won’t notice that one scene could be different proverbs.

Bruegel made quite a few paintings like this, such as one about children’s games which he basically painted all kinds of it.

We won’t be sharing all the proverbs, we will share 10 of them :) See what you think of it:

1. To bang one’s head against a brick wall. Meaning: to try to achieve the impossible.


2. It depends on the fall of the cards. Meaning: it is up to chance.


3. To gaze at the stork. Meaning: to waste one’s time.


4. To wipe one’s backside on the door. Meaning: to treat something lightly.


5. To go around shouldering a burden. Meaning: to imagine that things are worse than they are.


6. To bell the cat. Meaning: to carry out a dangerous or impractical plan.


7. To put your armour on. Meaning: to be angry.


8. To throw one’s money into the water. Meaning: to waste one’s money.


9. To be barely able to reach from one loaf to another. Meaning: to have difficulty living within budget.


10. She puts the blue cloak on her husband. Meaning: she deceives him.



What do fellas think? Do you think they are still relevant to day? Let us know :)

The source of today’s session comes from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlandish_Proverbs


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, May 10, 2014


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#EngProverb: Mother’s day proverbs

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mom Day image

Did you do anything special with your mum? How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

Where ever you’re from, every mother would surely love her children. Perhaps more than a child’s love for his mother. To celebrate Mother’s Day, I’ll share some proverbs from around the world about mother’s love.

  1. “Like mother, like daughter.” – 16th century proverb.
  2. “What the child says, he has heard at home.” – African proverb.
  3. “Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.” – German proverb.
  4. “A rich child often sits in a poor mother’s lap.” – Danish proverb.
  5. “Heaven is under feet of mothers.” – Persian proverb.
  6. “Who takes the child by the hand, takes the mother by the heart.” – Danish proverb.
  7. “To understand your parents’ love you must raise children yourself.” – Chinese proverb.
  8. “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” – Jewish proverb.
  9. “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” – Irish proverb.
  10. “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” – Chinese proverb.

The word ‘mother‘ isn’t only what you call your mom. ‘Mother‘ isn’t a one time job of giving birth or feeding a child. ‘Mother‘ is a lifetime job which gives no salary, has no break nor leave, and combines multitudes of tasks.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, December 22, 2013


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#EngProverb: English Proverbs (30)

Good evening, fellas. Did you enjoy this Sunday? :)

For tonight, I’m going to share some proverbs to you. Here they are…

1. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Meaning: if you’re not perfect, don’t criticize other people.

2. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Meaning: when someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.

3. Beggars can’t be choosers.

Meaning: if you’re asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you.

4. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Meaning: different people have different ideas about what’s valuable.

5. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

Meaning: don’t trust your enemies.

6. Fight fire with fire.

Meaning: respond to an attack by using a similar method as someone’s attacker.

7. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Meaning: if something is working adequately well, leave it alone.

8. Keep your powder dry.

Meaning: be prepared and save your resources until they are needed.

9. Don’t cross your bridges before you come to them.

Meaning: don’t worry about problems before they arrive.

10. Dumb dogs are dangerous.

Meaning: people who say little or nothing are more dangerous than people who speak a lot.

That’s all for tonight, fellas. Thank you and see you tomorrow. Cheerio, fellas! :D

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on November 24, 2013.

#EngProverb: English Proverbs (29)

Good evening, fellas! It’s raining now at my area. What about yours? Does rain ruin your plans tonight, fellas?

What’s the menu for today’s session? The menu is #EngProverb. I will share some proverbs to you, fellas. Here we go…

1. A bad penny always turns up.

Meaning: bad people have a habit of showing up or returning.

2. A fool and his money are soon parted.

Meaning: stupid people spend their money carelessly and soon become poor.

3. Graves are of all sizes.

Meaning: people die at all ages; no one is too young to die.

4. Good wine needs no bush.

Meaning: something of good quality does not need to be advertised.

5. Handsome is as handsome does.

Meaning: good character and behaviour are more important than good looks.

6. Let sleeping dogs lie.

Meaning: don’t restart an old argument or conflict.

7. A closed mouth catches no flies.

Meaning: it is often safer to keep someone’s mouth shut.

8. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Meaning: do not take on more responsibility than you can handle at any one time.

9. Well begun is half done.

Meaning: a good start to a task leads to its easy and successful completion.

10. Nothing venture, nothing gain.

Meaning: without risks, there are no rewards.

That’s all for tonight, fellas. See you tomorrow, fellas. Cheerio! :D

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on December 01, 2013.

#EngProverb: English Proverbs (28)

Good evening, fellas. How’s your Sunday? I think today was a hot day. Now, let’s move on to our session. What will it be? It will be #EngProverb. Tonight, I’m going to share some proverbs to you. Here we go…

1. A change is as good as a rest

Meaning: a change in routine is often as refreshing as a break or a holiday.

2. A happy heart is better than a full purse

Meaning: happiness is better than wealth.

3. Be swift to hear, slow to speak

Meaning: listen carefully before speaking.

4. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Meaning: don’t do mean things to people.

5. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Meaning: have a backup plan. Don’t risk all of your money or time in one plan.

6. Empty vessels make the most noise

Meaning: the least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy.

7. Fine words butter no parsnips

Meaning: nothing is achieved by empty words or flattery.

8. Grief divided is made lighter

Meaning: if you share your grief, it will be easier to bear.

9. Half a loaf is better than none

Meaning: you should be grateful for something, even if it is not as much as you wanted.

10. It is always darkest before the dawn

Meaning: the most difficult time is just before the problem is solved.

That’s a wrap for today, fellas. Cheerio! :D

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on October 20, 2013.

#EngProverb: English Proverbs (27)

Hello hello, fellas! How are you doing today? I hope the hardship of today don’t leave you with any bitter thought.Well, life would be boring without all the ups and downs, wouldn’t it? Therefore, I’ve chosen 10 #EngProverbs for today’s session.I sincerely hope these #EngProverbs could help you reflect on your day and hopefully gives you some peace of mind :)

1. You can lead a horse to water but can’t make it drink. Meaning: You can offer someone an opportunity but can’t force them to do it.

2. Where there’s life there’s hope. Meaning: There will always be hope if you stay alive and use your life to its best potential.

3. Truth has no answer. Meaning: You cannot argue against facts or refute what is true. Facts show what is true.

4. There is safety in numbers. Meaning: Being in a crowd makes you feel more confident and consolation when in need of support.

5. One swallow doesn’t make a summer. Meaning: A single satisfactory event does not mean that all the others will be as good.

6. Save me from my friends. Meaning: Friends can be more dangerous than enemies. Beware of bad influence.

7. The wish is father to the thought. Meaning: You think that something is true because you want it to be so.

8. If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. Meaning: Wishing alone is of no use;  you must act as well.

9. Better lose the saddle than the horse. Meaning: Stop and accept a small loss, rather than continue and risk losing   everything.

10. Great oaks grow from little acorns. Large successful operations can begin in a small way.

That’s all for today, fellas! I wish you all well. XOXO

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on September 10, 2013

#EngProverb: famous American proverbs and their meanings

Tonight I’m gonna share with you some famous American proverbs. However, I need your help. I need your help to explain the #EngProverb. :)

You can write the explanation in English or bahasa Indonesia, up to you. Don’t forget to mention the number and #EngProverb. Here they are! :)

  1. “Actions speak louder than words.”
  2. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
  3. “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.”
  4. “Curiosity killed the cat.”
  5. “It takes two to tango.”
  6. “Love is blind.”
  7. “Money does not grow on trees.”
  8. “No pain, no gain.”
  9. “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
  10. “You reap what you sow.”
  11. “Beggars can’t be choosers.”
  12. “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
  13. “Good things come in small packages.”
  14. “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
  15. “Two’s company, but three’s a crowd.”

Meanings and explanations

  1. @Caesarros: that what you do is more important than what you say” | @nimasajenk: 1. It means people can say whtever they want but actually doing sumthin’ will teach/show more than just sayin it.
  2. @DesyRF: Kalo kita makan buah kita pasti sehat jadi gaperlu ke dokter *eh | @willinapit: 2. Mencegah lebih baik daripada mengobati
  3. @daisytarigan: 3. Cantik itu relatif, tergantung sama orang yang memandang :)
  4. @SvetlanaMegee: 4. You might be put yourself in danger if you get too much into people’s business  | @ECFIB_UB: 4. Beware of things that you are too interested to and make you too curious because sometimes it can lead you to problems
  5. @dnovac: it takes both of the parties to make the relationship works. I guess.” | “@LV_Ayuningtyas: it takes two persons working together in a difficult task, such as dancing the tango ^^”
  6. @SoesilotomoJr: number 6. If u love someone,u cannot see any faults in that person.” | @dewiasrinii: 6. love cares nothing about appearance
  7. @marina_christ: Harus bekerja keras untuk menghasilkan uang | @MbsYolanda: because money doesn’t grow on tress, so we must hard work to get something :D
  8. @andasaridessy: harus berkorban untuk mendapatkan sesuatu. | @_RHMRSK: no risks, no rewards
  9.  ‏@aalrizqi: It means that, bad words is more painful than a scar from a sword | @lianarufia: with writing, anyone can hurt others. It sucks more than killed by sword.
  10. @nikenwr: 10. You will inevitably get the result of what u have ever done | @andrw_nathaniel: 10. you will take responsibility of what you do
  11. @rusdimanaf: When you get something for free, just take for what its worth | “@Gcalvaristhy: Those who contribute little, can’t ask for big favor.”
  12. @yusinurs: Jangan maruk, secukupnya aja :) | “@deaanggarda: it means don’t take on more than you can handle.”
  13. @heavenline_: 13. Hal2 baik datang dalam bentk atau jumlah yg kecil shg kadang ga kita sadari | @ActiveEnglish_: 13. “Kebahagiaan datang dari hal-hal kecil. :)
  14. @redsunset14: we can win people’s love with our cooking!” | “@zenmuhd: you made a man’s happy by feeding them :))”
  15. @mizalfia: the two of them enjoy each other’s presence, meanwhile the third doesn’t really mesh with the other two.” | No. 15 actually means: kalau lagi berduaan dan gak mau diganggu orang ke tiga, say, “Two’s company, but three’s a crowd.” ;)

Source of the proverbs:

American English Proverbs

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on July 29, 2013

#EngProverb: Proverbs related to friendship

  1. “(A) friend in need is a friend indeed.”
    Meaning: someone who helps you when you are in trouble is a real friend.

  2. “(A) friend’s eye is a good mirror.”
    Meaning: a real friend will tell you the truth.

  3. “Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.”
    Meaning: effort is necessary to keep friendship alive.

  4. “(A) friend to all is a friend to none.”
    Meaning: someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.

  5. “A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound.”
    Meaning: friendship can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.

  6. “A friend’s frown is better than a foe’s smile.”
    Meaning: a foe might decieve you with his/her smile, but a true friend’s frown can prevent us from doing the wrong things.

  7. “A hedge between keeps friendship green.”
    Meaning: friendship will flourish if you and your friend respect each other’s privacy.

  8. “False friends are worse than open enemies.”
    Meaning: it’s better to know who your real enemies are rather than trust someone who pretends to be a friend but is capable of stabbing you in the back.

  9. “Short reckonings make long friends.”
    Meaning: if you borrow something from a friend, pay it back as soon as possible so that the two of you remain friendly.

  10. “All are not friends that speak us fair.”
    Meaning: Someone who says nice things to you, doesn’t mean that they are your friends.

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, August 26, 2013



#EngProverb: English Proverbs (25)

Hello hello, fellas! It’s time for me to share some #EngProverbs and today’s proverbs are all about animals. Stay tuned!

1. A cat may look at a king. Meaning: everyone has the right to be curious about important people.

2. Barking dogs never bites. Meaning: Someone who makes threats all the time seldom carries out the threats.

3. A fish always rots from the head down. Meaning: When an organization fails, it is the leadership that is the root cause.

4. Birds of a feather flock together. Meaning: People of the same sort are usually found together.

5. A leopard cannot change its spots. Meaning: It is not possible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant.

6. Fish and guests smell after three days. Meaning: If house guests stay for a long time, they become unwelcome.

7. A monkey in silk is a monkey no less. Meaning: No matter how someone dresses, it’s the same person underneath.

8. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. – Better to keep what you have than to risk losing it to get something better.

9. Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Meaning: Don’t destroy something that would be a source of wealth or success.

10. If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. – Do two things at the same time, neither one will bring success.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on July 6, 2013

#EngProverb: Indonesian proverbs and their English equivalents

Proverbs are not always easy to translate as a literal translation might alter their meanings. However, some English proverbs do have similar meanings. Here is a list of Indonesian proverbs and their English equivalents.

  1. “Air tenang menghanyutkan.”
    • English: Still water runs deep.
  2. “Alah bisa karena biasa.”
    • English: Practice makes perfect.
  3. “Berakit-rakit ke hulu, berenang-renang ke tepian. Bersakit-sakit dahulu bersenang-senang kemudian.”
    • English: No pain no gain.
  4. “Dimana ada kemauan, di situ ada jalan.”
    • English: Where there is a will, there is a way.
  5. “Dikasih hati, minta jantung.”
    • English: Give him an inch and he will take a yard.
  6. “Di mana bumi dipijak di situ langit di junjung.”
    • English: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
  7. “Lebih baik satu burung di tangan daripada sepuluh burung di pohon.”
    • English: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  8. “Pikir dahulu pendapatan, sesal kemudian tidak berguna.”
    • English: Look before you leap.
  9. “Rajin pangkal pandai.”
    • English: Persevere and never fear.
  10. “Sepandai-pandai tupai meloncat, akhirnya jatuh juga.”
    • English: A good marksman may miss.
  11. “Sudah jatuh, tertimpa tangga pula.”
    • English: Rub salt into the wound.
  12. “Buruk rupa cermin dibelah.”
    • English: A bad worksman blames his tools.
  13. “Tong kosong nyaring bunyinya.”
    • English: Empty vessels make the most noise.
  14. “Nasi sudah menjadi bubur.”
    • English: It’s no use crying over spilt milk.
  15. “Rumput tetangga selalu lebih hijau.”
    • English: The grass is always greener on the other side.
  16. “Bersatu kita teguh, bercerai kita runtuh.”
    • English: United we stand, divided we fall.

From fellas

Here are some Indonesian proverbs and their English equivalents contributed by our followers (fellas).

  1. @wooncrush“To eat a crow = Bagai menelan empedu, Pass the buck = lempar batu sembunyi tangan”
  2. @Teguh_Sukmono: “setiap perbuatan akan kembali ke diri sendiri”. English: what goes around, comes around.
  3. @ci_lin: Dancing with elephants = bagai telur di ujung tanduk
  4. @MithaFajar: kalo “when I thought I reached the bottom, somebody threw me a shovel”? | Admin: bisa jadi sama seperti “Sudah jatuh tertimpa tangga pula.”
  5. @Aulia_Rhmi: Buah jatuh tidak jauh dari pohonnya. English : like father like soon.
  6. @citnasution: “Sekali berenang, dua tiga pulau terlampaui.” English: Killing two birds with one stone.

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, May 20, 2013




#EngProverb: English Proverb (24)

  1. “Advetures are to the adventurous”: those who are not bold & who take no risks will not have exciting lives.
  2. “Alcohol will preserve anything but a secret”: people usually talk honestly and indiscreetly when they are drunk.
  3. “Courtesy is contagious”: if you are polite to other people, they will be polite to you.
  4. “Don’t cry before you’re hurt”: there’s no point in upsetting yourself about something bad that may/may not happen.
  5. “Don’t wash your dirty linen in public”: don’t discuss private disputes or family scandals in public.
  6. “Fancy passes beauty”: it’s more important that a potential partner is likeable than good-looking.
  7. “From the sweetest wine, the tartest vinegar”: great love may turn to the intense hatred.
  8. “He that is too secure isn’t safe”: you must remain alert & watchful if you want to avoid danger.
  9. “It’s better to be right than in the majority”: don’t follow the majority if you believe them to be wrong.
  10. “Love me, love my dog”: if you love somebody, be prepared to tolerate everything connected with the person.
  11. “Monkey see, monkey do”: foolish people mindlessly copy others.
  12. “Once bitten, twice shy”: somebody who has had a bad experience is reluctant to do the same thing again.


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on November 9, 2012

#EngProverb: English Proverb (22)

1. Procrastination is the thief of time. Meaning: delaying an action for too long is a waste of time.

2. Poverty waits at the gates of idleness. Meaning: if you don’t work, you won’t earn money.

3. Pride comes before a fall. Meaning: Don’t be too self-confident, something may happen to make you look foolish.

4. He who hesitates is lost. Meaning: if you delay your decision too long, you may miss a good opportunity.

5. Honesty is the best policy. Meaning: It’s always better to be honest

6. Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Meaning: hard work brings rewards

7. Don’t count your chicken before they’re hatched. Meaning: you mustn’t confident that something will be successful.

8. Good and quickly seldom meet. Meaning: a well-done job takes time.

9. kindness begets kindness. Meaning: if you’re kind to someone, they’ll return your kindness.

10. Man proposes, God disposes. Meaning: our destiny depends on God’s will.

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on November 22, 2012

#EngProverb: English Proverb (21)

1. Never say die. Meaning: never give up.

2. False friends are worse than open enemies. Meaning: it’s better to know who your real enemies are than trust someone than someone who pretends to be a friend.

3. Half a loaf is better than none. Meaning: you should be grateful for something even if it’s not as much as you wanted.

4. However long the night, the dawn will break. Meaning: bad things don’t last forever.

5. The devil looks after his own. Meaning: success comes to those who deserve it least.

6. The die is cast. Meaning: a decision that has been made and it’s impossible to change it.

7. There’s no fool like an old fool. Meaning: an older person is expected to behave more sensibly.

8. Walls have ears. Meaning: be careful, people could be listening.

9. Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Meaning: worrying over small details can make them seem worse.

10. Misery loves company. Meaning: when people are sad they often like others to feel sad too.

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on December 2, 2012

#EngProverb: English Proverbs (20)

1. If you chase two rabbits, you’ll not catch either one. Meaning: if you do 2 things at the same time,you won’t succeed doing either of them

2. Better be alone than in bad company. Meaning: be careful in choosing people you associate with.

3. Little strokes fell good oaks. Meaning: if you divide a task into small parts, it will be easier to do it.

4. A stumble may prevent a fall. Meaning: correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one.

5. A burden of one’s own choice is not felt. Meaning: when you do something difficult voluntary, it’ll make it seems easier.

6. God helps those who help themselves. Meaning: if you make an effort to achieve something, you’ll be successful.

7. Honey catches more flies than vinegar. Meaning: you can obtain more cooperation from others by being nice.

8. Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade. Meaning: nothing is achieved without effort.

9. He who is everywhere is nowhere. Meaning: it’s not good to do too many things at the same time

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on December 13, 2012.

#EngProverb: English Proverbs (17)

1. The end justifies the means.
Meaning: Wrong or unfair methods are sometimes used to get good & justifiable result.

2. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Meaning: What you get in reality is not like in fiction, often even stranger than fiction.

3. Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
Meaning: Worrying over small details can make them seem worse and makes you feel anxious.

4. Union is strength.
Meaning: A group has more force than an individual.

5. What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.
Meaning: People are less discreet under the influence of alcohol.

6. Look before you leap.
Meaning: Consider possible consequences before taking action. You wouldn’t want to have any regret later.

7. Knowledge is power.
Meaning: Knowledge makes it possible for you to act. You’d be lost without it.

8. In times of prosperity friends are plentiful.
Meaning: More friends would approach you when you have no difficulties.

9. If the cap fits, wear it.
Meaning: If a description applies to you, then accept it.

10. He laughs best who laughs last.
Meaning: Don’t express your joy or triumph too soon. Don’t boast unless you’ve made it to the end.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on October 6, 2012