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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 health 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 its 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 guarantee.

 

Here is another piece of advice. Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. In other words you should not think too much about some future event before it really happens.

 

Another proverb warns do not put all your eggs in one basket. This means you should not put all of your resources 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 acts on wisely with money will lose.

 

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 haste makes waste. If you do something so fast resulting in mistakes, most people would agree with this proverb *** is the best policy.

 

Yet another proverb advises us not to be concerned about something bad that can not change. It says there is not use crying over spilled milk.

 

Do you agree with a proverb the child should be seen and not head. Maybe you have told your children that hard work never hurt anyone. But other people say that all work and not play makes Jack a * boy. They believe it is not wise to spend all your time working and never having fan.

 

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

 

This VOA special English program was written by SG, I’m BC. You can find more proverbs and other words and their stories at our website: VOA special English. com .

 

Let bygones be bygones.
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