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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 wellknown saying that expresses a common truth or belief.Proverbs are popular around the world.

 

Many listeners have sent us their favorite proverbs.they give advie how to live.we begin with two popular proverbs about standing halthy 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 catchs the worm."this means a person who gets up early o acts 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."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 the hard way by investing all their money in stockshares which then lost value.Another proverb says "a fool and his money are soon parted."this means someone who acts unwisely with money will lose it.

 

here is more advice.If at first you don't succeed,try,try again.also never put off untill tomorrow what you can do today.You might learn that "Haste makes waste" means 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 spilt milk.

 

Do you agreed with the proverb "the children should be seen and not hurt."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 dull boy." they believe that it is not wise to spend all your time working and neverhaving fun.

 

Finally,here is one of our favorite Prverbs. Peole who live in glass houses should not throw stones.this means you should not criticise other people unless you are perfect yourself.

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