April 11, 2021 | 0 comments

 “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”and other English proverbs


How can you use proverbs to learn English?

Knowing the most used proverbs is what makes a good English speaker into a very good English speaker.  Native English people know proverbs well as they have grown up hearing them. Natives use them in conversation which makes them stand out as native English speakers and it flowers the English in a way that people listening are really impressed, even though at times they don’t understand the proverb.

my favourite proverb is…. ‘better late than never’   This proverb means- It’s best to do something on time. But if you can’t do it on time, do it late.

How would you use it in conversation, here it is.

john:  I wanted to do the London marathon last year, but I was too ill to run

peter:  well are you running this year

john:  yes I am definitely running this year

Peter:  well better late than never

Learning proverbs can also help you to understand the way that people in English-speaking cultures think about the world, so learn your proverbs.

So let’s look at the used and definitely the most important English Proverbs


  1. “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

    When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.

  2. “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

    Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.

  3. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

    Don’  give up when you come across challenges. just try harder.

  4. “Fortune favors the bold.”

    People who  go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.

  5. “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”

    Don’t criticize other people if you’re not perfect yourself.

and the one I like and use a lot

“Better late than never.”   It’s best to do something on time. But if you can’t do it on time, do it later.

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