Study English proverbs and idioms? What is the reason, you ask? Well, firstly they are two important parts of the English language. And secondly you use them very often in everyday speech or creative writing.

Study English Proverbs and Idioms? Find examples of common English proverbs and idioms here that you can use when speaking and also when writing.

Study English Proverbs

A proverb is a simple saying. Many people know and repeat them. So eventually they express a truth that is common sense or timeless. Basically, a proverb predicts an outcome, based on previous experiences in the situation.  A proverb is as a piece of wisdom or helpful advice, in order to best guide someone in a situation.

Study English with these Examples of Proverbs

  1. Honesty is the best policy. The saying means that telling the truth is always the right thing to do. This assumption is based on countless experiences of people telling the truth which worked out favourably, rather than lying.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race. The expression means that if someone is consistent and patient, they will achieve or gain more, in comparison to someone who is reckless and impatient.
  3. Good things come to those who wait. This is another proverb that stresses the importance of patience. The expression implies that if someone takes their time, they will be rewarded for being patient.

Study English Idioms

An idiom is a phrase or expression that has a figurative meaning, which is different from its literal meaning. With a proverb, the meaning behind the expression can usually be worked out, whereas with an idiom, the meaning usually needs to be learnt.

Study English with these Examples of Idioms

  1. It’s raining cats and dogs. The idiom means to rain heavily, rather than its literal meaning of raining actual cats and dogs.
  2. To keep an eye out for someone/something. The expression means to look out for someone/something or be aware of it.
  3. Put a cork in it. To tell someone to be quiet, to stop talking.

These are just a few of the many, many proverbs and idioms out there. Make a note of any new ones your come across and you’ll master them in no time! Or why don’t you have the experience of a lifetime and come to Oxford to learn English?