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Post  Teacher_Hanane on Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:42 pm

The following is a collection of traditional proverbs. Do any of these proverbs exist in your own language?
What do they mean? Why do we use proverbs?

* A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
* A friend in need is a friend indeed.
* A stitch in time saves nine.
* Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
* As you sow, so you shall reap.
* Beauty is only skin deep.
* Better late than never.
* better safe than sorry
* Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
* Don't cry over spilt milk.
* Don't judge a book by its cover.
* Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
* Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy,
wealthy and wise. Every cloud has a silver lining.
* God helps those who help themselves.
* Half a loaf is better than no bread.
* He who laughs last laughs longest.

* Make hay while the sun shines
* Necessity is the mother of invention.
* Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
* One man's meat is another man's poison.
* Out of sight, out of mind.
* Rome wasn't built in a day.
* The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
* The end justifies the means.
* The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
* Too many cooks spoil the broth.
* Two heads are better than one.
* Waste not, want not.
* When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
* You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make
him drink.
* You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
* Let sleeping dogs lie.
* Hunger is the best sauce.


Which of the proverbs mean the same as these sentences.

1. It is not a good idea to decide if a thing is good or bad just by how it appears at first or by its outward appearance.

2. When a bad thing happens there is always a positive aspect to it.

3. If you don't see someone for a long time you like them better.

4. When you are in a strange place (temporarily) it is better to follow the local customs.

5. You should be happy with what you have got even if it is less than what you want.

6. In many areas in life if you do not confront a problem when it starts it can deteriorate rapidly therefore it is much better to act soon.

7. This proverb was probably written by someone who owns his own house and doesn't stay up all night dancing.

8. Don't become very upset by trivialities.

9. Don't take risks.

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