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.
When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.
Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.
Don’ give up when you come across challenges. just try harder.
People who go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.
Don’t criticize other people if you’re not perfect yourself.
and the one I like and use a lot