Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Some proverbs are idiomatic, meaning we use them like idioms.

They often teach a lesson!

In today’s episode, we teach a few and discuss them.

You’ll find out when you may say them and if we agree with the proverb.

Check out IELTS Energy 399 – 4 Perfect IELTS Proverbs.

Proverb #1: All good things must come to an end

Michelle definitely agrees with this one and it makes her sad!

People use this at the end of camp, summer, a vacation, etc.


Michelle: I can’t believe vacation is already over.

Lindsay: I know. All good things must come to an end.

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Proverb #2: Slow and steady wins the race

This is interpreted differently depending on what you think it means to be successful!

Someone might use this to express that someone should slow down!


Michelle: I have to keep going. No breaks!

Lindsay: Woah take a breath. You need a break. Slow and steady wins the race!

Proverb #3: Absence makes the heart grow fonder

People might use this before a long trip where they won’t see a loved one.


Lindsay: I’m going to miss my coworkers so much. We get along so well.

Michelle: Yeah but you’ll be back in a few weeks. Absence makes the heart grow fonder!

Proverb #4: Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

People may say this in order to express that if you no longer want someone. inyour life, it’s important to not just never talk to them again.

You also have to keep an eye on the other person.


Michelle: I don’t trust her. I don’t think I will be spending much time with her.

Lindsay: Maybe you should. You know what they say. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Proverb #5: Ignorance is bliss

People may use this if someone doesn’t watch the news and is happy!


Lindsay: Did you see the latest tweet?

Michelle: No…

Lindsay: Oh that’s why you’re so happy. Ignorance is bliss!


These are useful ways to express yourself and to connect.

They have lessons.

Adding them to conversation will make you sound native and natural.

Try them out today! 

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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