English is the official universal language. It is, by far, the language of international trade, finance, diplomacy, etc. It is used not only in English spoken countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and The United Kingdom but worldwide. It has a rich vocabulary, with many words borrowed from other languages. It is also one of the easiest languages to learn because: (1) its widespread use in many countries; (2) its alphabet only consists of 26 letter; (3) its relatively simple grammar; (4) the vast selection of English resources to learn from, including TV shows, radio, movies, videogames, music, podcasts, books, apps, and websites.
They are more than old but familiar catchy sayings. They are brief and memorable expressions of popular wisdom. It is “a short, generally known sentence of the folk which contains wisdom, truth, morals, and traditional views in a metaphorical, fixed and memorizable form and which is handed down from generation to generation.”
They are used to impart wisdom or guidance to others. They are the knowledge passed down for centuries across generations.
Some examples of proverbs include:
Proverbs are useful and powerful, but are not without faults or bias. In particular, they should not be considered as absolute truths. All’s fair in love and war means that rules do not apply when it comes to love or war. This is wrong.
Proverbs help ESL students to understand the English culture, mindset, and way of life, and develop their listening and speaking skills.
Besides, you can search videos for proverbs, idioms, spoken words or phrases in YouGlish. It gives you unbiased answers about how English is spoken by real people and in context.