Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello, everybody. This is Elliot from E. T. J. English, and welcome to another English lesson. So this video is about proverbs. You might wonder, Why am I teaching proverbs? What does it have to do with learning English? Well, it has everything to do with learning English. Proverbs are used in everyday conversation on there, also on important part of our culture. There's a reason why we say these things on with these proverbs. You can also learn new words, new phrases, a new styles of expressing yourself and speaking. It's good to have a few of these under your belt in your backpack, ready to pull out of the bag whenever you need to use them. You hear them in work. You hear them in social situations. You hear them in a lot of different ways. So, first of all, what is a proverb? Well, proverbs are used in all kinds of different cultures and countries. Everybody has their own kind off proverbs. Some of these might be used in your country on they might be translated into your language. The other thing I want to tell you is that I'm not going to tell you proverbs that you don't need to know. There's so many people who learn English, and this is a big mistake that people make. They learn English, and they learn as many idioms as they can as many proverbs as they can, as many phrases as they can. And some off. These things are outdated, meaning they're old. We don't use them anymore, some of them we still use. But sometimes you just need to know that we don't always still use some of the things that you're learning. So here we know E. T. J English. We talk about riel English here, Modern English. That's what we talk about here on. That is why, in this video I'm not just telling you a load of proverbs, I'm telling you ones which you will hear in England ones which you will want to know in England on ones which will happen now, not ones that you'll use an even I won't understand you. So let's get into the list of the most common on the most useful proverbs in British English. Now these air used in America, Australia all over the world. But these are the ones you will hear in Britain because we are a British English channel. Now let's get on with the list Number one. You hear this a lot. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. This is an old saying on it basically means if somebody is paying you money or helping you out, try not to make them angry. After all, they're the ones paying or giving you something. So be careful. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. They're feeding you. They're giving you something, so don't annoy them. Don't make them angry. You should be grateful now the next one slightly similar to the one that I just said. So Number two is beggars can't be choosers. Beggars can't be choosers on this is Let's say you're asking something. Ah, favor from somebody else. You need to accept whatever they give you. So don't Just don't be ungrateful for what the person gives you. Be happy. Whatever they give you, they have given you something a favor. Help, Advice. Ah, beggar is somebody who begs for money on the street or somebody who needs something So you can't choose what you get from the person you are asking from. You can't choose. Beggars can't be choosers. Now this is one of my favorite ones. Number three is actions speak louder than words. Actions speak louder than words. If you do something, it is more powerful then saying you will do something. So let's say I was saying I'm going to give some money to charity. I'm going to help the charity. I'm gonna give some of my money to charity. I could say that, but will I actually do it? That is the question on what this proverb is saying is that your actions are more powerful than what you say. So it's all well and good me saying I'm going to give money to charity. But if I actually do it, that is what makes the impact. So actions speak louder than words. Another amazing one. Number four is practice makes perfect. Practice makes perfect. This is a really good one, because it's true. The more you practice something the mawr skillful, the more educated on, the better you become. Think about this one with English because you need to keep practicing. If you want to be a perfect English speaker, practice will make you perfect. Practice makes perfect Number five Aled. Good things must come to an end. This is said in a lot off songs on Did You Will Hear It Ah, few times, maybe on TV or in songs on bond. Basically, what it means is that good doesn't always last forever. Sometimes good things happen for a long time, but eventually something bad might happen. So good things do come to an end. Let's say you go on a holiday to a really beautiful country and you're having an amazing time. Everything is going good. But eventually this good thing, it must come to an end and you have to come home. So that's why algo good things come to an end. It's a bit of a depressing one, but hey, you can then look forward to the next good thing that will happen. So all good things must come to an end. Now I like this one on. I like to say this in a real British accent. If you can't beat them, then join them. If you can't beat them, then join them. If you can't beat them, join them. Now practice saying that in your British accent. See what it sounds like. Sometimes you can always convince people. You can't always beat people you can't always win. So sometimes you've got to join them. The people you're trying to convince the people you're trying to beat. Sometimes you have to join their side and work together. You can't always beat people, so sometimes the best result comes from joining them. So if you can't beat them, if you can't win over them, then join them. Join their side. Now this is a really nice one. I think on a lot of you have probably heard it before because it's in a lot of writing and people still say it on. That is, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is in the eye off the beholder on this means it's so simple what this one means. It just means that everybody has their own different views off. What beautiful is I might think somebody is really beautiful, and you might think that they're not so. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Honesty is the best policy. That's my next one. Honesty is the best policy, Andi. This basically means that you need to be honest. Lying doesn't help. It just means don't lie honesty is the best policy on the next 12 heads are better than one. Sometimes when you work on your own, things might not go to plan. But when you have two heads, two brains working on something or two people working together than usually, the results will be better because you have the ideas from the other person. You're not just doing it on your own. You're here. Two heads are better than one. A lot in work. Sometimes your manager might set you a task. And they might say, Can you do this with so? And so the other person on then they might say, Because two heads are better than one on the next one is. Don't put all your eggs in one basket on this basically means that you always need a backup plan. If something goes wrong, you need a backup plan. Don't risk all of your money or all of your time on one thing. Always have another Plan B. Another option to save yourself. You hear this one a lot as well in business in school, in things like this, so good one toe have that one, and it's a good way to finish this lesson. Please give me a thumbs up. 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