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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 that is express a common truth or believe. Proverbs are popular around the world. Many listeners have sense that there are famous proverbs. They give advices how to live. We begin with two popular proverbs about steadying 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 birth also give advice. You may have head this one. The earlier birds catch the world. This means a person who gets up earlier or acts quickly have the best chance to success. Another famous proverb is “a bird in the hand is worth two in the both.” This means you should not wear losing something you have by seeking something that is not guaranteed. Here is another piece of advice: don’t count your chicken before there are hatched. In another words, you should not think about too much about 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 hardest way by investing their money in stock shares which then lose value. Another proverb says a fool and his money are soon parted. This means someone who acts valueless money will lose it. Here is more advices. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again although never put off until tomorrow. What you can do today? You might learn this haste makes waste if you do something so fast without in mistakes. Most of people would agree with this proverb, honest, it is the best policy. Yeap, another proverb advices us to concern about something bad that you cannot change. It’s said there is no using crying over split milk. Do you agree with the proverb that children should be seen and not heard. Maybe you have told your children that hard work never heard anyone. But other people say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. They believe not while to spend all your time working and never having fun. Finally, here is one of our famous proverbs: people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. This means you should not critics other people unless you are perfected yourself.
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