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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2009-04-05

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Now the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.


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. Many 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 act 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. Another words, you should not think too much about some future event before it rally happens. Another proverb warns, Don't put all your eggs in one basket. This means you should not put all your recourses together in one place because you could risk losing everything at one time. Many Americans learn 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 act unwisely with money will lose it. Here is more advice, If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Also, Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today


You might learn that Hast makes waste, if you do something so fast resulting in mistakes. Most people would agree with this proverb Honesty is the best policy. Yet another proverb advices us not to be concerned about something bad that you can not change. It says There is no use crying over spilled milk


Do you agree with a proverb The 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 doll boy. They believe it is not wise to spend all your time working and never having fun. 


Finally, here is one of our favorite proverbs, People who live in glasses houses should not through stones. This means you should not criticize other people unless you are perfect yourself

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  • jessiyear

Be yourself. 不要跟风吗。
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