English Proverbs – Lesson 1

What are proverbs?

Proverbs are well known phrases or sentences that give you some advice. Every culture has them, and below are a selection of proverbs used in English speaking countries.

What can I do with proverbs?

If you are just starting to learn English, it might be difficult to use them correctly. However, it is useful to know the more common proverbs because you will probably hear them quite often. If you have been learning English for longer, using them correctly in conversations can help you get your message across.

Here are two common proverbs and their meanings.

1. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

This means when you visit a different or foreign place, act as people around you act, or follow the customs and traditions of the people who live there. This proverb is often shortened to: When in Rome. This proverb be might be useful if you visit a new place.

2. All roads lead to Rome.

This proverb can have two similar meanings. First, it means that here are many different ways to get to the same goal. It can also mean that many different methods can be used to get the same result.