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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 proverbs 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 the 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 the 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 chicks before they are hatched,” in another 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 hard way by investing all their money in stock share 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 haste makes waste, if you do something so fast resulting in mistakes. Many people would agree with this proverb” honesty is the best policy” yet, another proverb advices us not to be concerned about something bad that can not change , it says there is no use crying over spilled the milk.

Do you agree with the 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 Jake 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 glass houses should not throw stones” .this means you should not criticize other people unless you are perfect yourself.

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