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  • Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here, and this is part one of the English proverb series.

  • What's a proverb?

  • What's the difference between a proverb and an idiom?

  • Well, an idiom is a phrase or a sentence that has a different meaning from the individual words by themselves.

  • But a proverb is a sentence or a phrase, which is normally known by many people, and it's used to teach or to give knowledge.

  • So the proverb for today is: 'A bad workman blames his tools.'

  • 'A bad workman blames his tools.'

  • What do you think this means?

  • This means that if someone does a job very poorly, they will blame everything else but themselves.

  • So for example, they will blame the weather.

  • They will blame the person that helped them.

  • They will blame the equipment that they were using.

  • But they won't take responsibility for their actions.

  • They won't blame themselves, they will blame other things.

  • So, the lesson that this proverb tries to teach is that if you do something badly, don't blame anything else.

  • Take responsibility for your actions.

  • For example, if the tools weren't very good, you should have got some different tools.

  • Or if the weather was bad, you should have done the job on a different day.

  • So, what do you think about this proverb?

  • Do you think it's right? Do you think it's wrong? Why?

  • Comment down below and let me know.

Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here, and this is part one of the English proverb series.

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English Proverbs - A Bad Workman Blames His Tools

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