Think about this scenario; you are at the office, having lunch with your American colleagues. You are probably from Spain, or Russia or any part of Asia. Now, while having friendly banter, one of them suddenly said, “So, finally, the cat is out of the bag?” Now, if you are not familiar with the English proverbs, then you won’t be able to understand. Now, this proves that to become an expert in colloquial English, you need to know the proverbs that you can use.
If you are enrolling for a course to learn English speaking, it will definitely offer you a module or multiple audios that will teach about the English proverbs. Which proverbs can enrich your English speaking power? Here, I am going to offer you a list of such proverbs that you can use in your daily conversations and become as fluent as a native can be. Take a look.
“The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence”
Don’t we all compare ourselves with others? It is always like others have a better job, more gorgeous cars, a bigger house, and healthier body. Now, maybe someone else thinks the same way for you too. For them, you are in a better position than them. So, this proverb tells you that it is just a matter of perspective. You are being very limited in your vision. Rather accept that grass will look greener from a distance it is the same grass in the lawn of your neighbor too. Life is same for everyone, more or less. So, why despair!
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” or “Everything that Glitters Might Not Be Gold”
Appearance can be deceptive. The thing might not be just like they appear. For example, a cover of a book might not be too glamorous or fun. But the content it has might be quite notable. Or a metal might have a golden glow alright. But in all probability, it might not be gold either. Just like that, in real life, have better judgment of people. This proverb tells you not to judge people by how they look or dress. Rather dive deep and find out if they are great people or not. And often you might be surprised by the result.
“Strike While the Iron is Hot”
Think about a situation at the office. You are in negotiation with your client. A deal is about to get finalized. All you have to do is ask for the right pricing exactly when it is most likely that your client will say yes. How will you describe it more colloquially with the help of English proverb? “Strike while the iron is hot,” which means you have to make the move while the situation is the most likely to be in your favor. When you say this, it will show how much improved you sound in your English.
“Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth”
The broth is not really a complicated dish to prepare. But when there are too many cooks in the kitchen to do this simple task, it might get complicated. Why? Well, everyone will come up with their different ideas, expertise and that will create a situation where a simple task will become unnecessarily complicated. Similarly, in any situation, having too many people involved and getting opinions from everyone will make your situation really complicated.
“Don’t Cross the Bridge Until You Come to It”
It is often a habit of many that they start thinking about a situation that might not even happen or there is still time to prepare for it. So, what is the point of thinking and obsessing about it so much!? If you know someone who is anxious about some distant probability, then you can easily say this proverb to them.
So, now as you know about these phrases and proverbs that you can use in your colloquial English, what are you waiting for? Register with an online course and start to learn English phrases and proverbs online today.