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(Updated on 30/09/2013)

Related pages :

Sayings, Idioms and Phrases
+ Clichés
+ The VOCABULARY pages

+ Proverbs in songs


Sites-ressources :

  • Famous Proverbs from a Famous Man - Text + Audio - 6 April 2019
    "In American history, Benjamin Franklin was famous for his proverbs."


    "This is a statue of Benjamin Franklin. He is known for many proverbs that are still widely used today."


  • We neeed proverbs because they reflect who we are
    "Proverbs have many names: they can be called axioms, old saws, sayings and adages...
    Generally, it’s an older saying without a known author that’s considered wise."


  • Slideshow: Proverbs And Sayings About Money
    "Here's a slideshow I did for my students. It was originally meant to be used for correcting this gap fill exercise, but could be used in other ways..."



    Weather lore: What's the science ? (BBC)
    "Will it rain on your picnic/camping trip/festival? Old weather sayings may sound like fanciful folklore, but some can help amateur forecasters.
    Here are six that are backed up by science."

    1. "Red sky at night, shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning"

    2. "Three days rain will empty any sky"

    3. "When the wind is out of the east, tis neither good for man nor beast"

    4. "In the morning mountains, in the afternoon fountains"

    5. "If a circle forms 'round the moon, 'twill rain or snow soon"

    6. "Cold night stars bright"

  • Trilingual Index of Expressions with Equivalent Meanings
    with the context and pronunciation

    + Animated cartoons to illustrate the proverbs
    + Interactive activities

  • A Polyglot of Foreign Proverbs :
    proverbes français, italiens, allemands, néerlandais, espagnols, portugais, danois & traduction en anglais, de Henry Bohn (1857)
  • Conflicting Proverbs (
    "There are a variety of proverbs almost all English speakers are familiar with.
    We regard these words of wisdom with reverence, but some of these sayings look specious when weighed against each other..."
    ex : "Look before you leap. / He who hesitates is lost."

  • English proverbs with possible interpretation (

  • English Idioms & Proverbs - with pictures, meaning and examples (

  • Proverbs in songs
  • Historical explanations of English sayings and customs. - Ye Olde English Sayings (

Pictures :


Illustrated Proverbs from around the World



"The cartoon contains illustrations of 81 Cantonese proverbs."

"The artist created this comic to illustrate 81 Cantonese proverbs all in one picture...
Many appear to involve ghosts.
At Cantonese Resources, there’s a legend that explains each one,
with a numbered graphic to help you find them."





A woman needs a man
like a fish needs a bicycle

"A feminist slogan, suggesting that
men are superfluous
to women's needs."



Money is the root of all evil.
It "is a common figure of speech
signifying something that causes serious problems and people would be
better off without."






INTERACTIVE activities :

  • Trilingual Index of Expressions with Equivalent Meanings
    with the context and pronunciation

    + Animated cartoons to illustrate the proverbs
    + Interactive activities


  • Proverbs in English (
    Proverb Quizzes - Very Commonly-Heard Proverbs and Old Sayings -
    Proverb Matching Quizzes - Proverb Crossword Puzzles - Unscramble These Proverbs -
    Matching Quiz of Commonly-Heard Proverbs...

  • Double-Speak Proverbs! - interactive (
    "Read the descriptions ... and try to guess which proverb (old saying) they each represent."

  • Proverbs - interactive quizzes - (
  • Over 750 English Proverbs for Kids, Teens & College Students -
    "The Proverbs are categorized based on their starting letter (ignoring The, An and A)...
    in the form of interactive quiz games." (

Activities TO PRINT :

  • Culture quiz #8 (Proverbs) - a worksheet
    Created by Fabienne Robin (Ac. Bordeaux)

  • Proverbs - a worksheet
    "Match up the beginning of each proverb with the ending. Now match the proverbs with the meanings."

  • Taking A Trip - Cross Out Puzzle Three
    "Cross out the words in the diagram in the order of the numbered instructions ... You will be left with a proverb,
    when remaining words are read left to right, top to bottom."

  • Famous sayings - exercises to print (

  • Common Proverbs: Cloze Activity #1 - "Fill in the blanks in the sayings." - to print (enchantedlearning)
  • Proverbs - Starters :
    "Who has gone up the wall about something?", "Who has a labour of love ?", etc (

PowerPoint Presentations :

Lesson plans :

  • We meet in proverbs with Pieter Bruegel's "Netherlandish Proverbs". (
    "This painting includes visual representations of perhaps more than 120 individual proverbs. A village acts out over one hundred
    and twenty sayings which roughly fall into two groups. There are those which comment on the absurdity of human behaviour,
    and others which demonstrate sinfulness.
    So our project is about collecting proverbs which are related with Spring Day 2004 values - Democracy, Tolerance, Solidarity,
    Peace, Freedom, Equality. It might be a good idea to encourage pupils to illustrate proverbs by asking them to select the key
    words within the proverb and look for symbolic connections."


  • Storytelling - Proverbs - Wisdom Tales Without the Plot (storyarts)
    " Have students choose a familiar proverb and develop a story that can surround and carry that thought.
    Multicultural proverbs offer interesting insights into the universality of wisdom.
    The following are some selected proverbs from Wisdom Tales From Around the World by Heather Forest, August House Publishers."
  • A partir de la page Proverbs in songs , on pourrait enregistrer de courts extraits de chansons afin que les élèves puissent relever les différents proverbes ou allusions. (Ac. Nancy-Metz)



  • Proverbs - interactive crosswords (


Songs :


Cartoons :


Cartoon: Easter Bunny Unemployment
"This cartoon by Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle shows an Easter Bunny attending a job interview at the Unemployment Office..."
("If someone puts all their eggs in one basket, they put all their resources into doing one thing,
so that, if it fails, they have no alternatives left...")



A man's home is his hassle
cf. "A man's home is his castle".


Teach to fish...

Remember the Chinese proverb :
"Give a man a fish
and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish
and you feed him for a lifetime."


Trilingual Index of Expressions
with Equivalent Meanings

with the context and pronunciation

+ Animated cartoons to illustrate the proverbs
+ Interactive activities


Videos :