IELTS Energy 700: Too Many Cooks Ruin Your IELTS Score

Today you’ll learn native proverbs to increase your IELTS Vocabulary score.

A 3 Keys student asked a great question in our closed Facebook group, about using proverbs on the exam.

A proverb is a special kind of idiom. It’s older, and imparts wisdom or a lesson of some sort.

Using proverbs correctly would help to show English mastery in Speaking or Writing Task 2.

Also, click here for a lesson on using half idioms to show more native fluency.

To introduce a proverb in Writing, you can say, “As they say, ...”.

In Speaking, you can say, “I have heard said, …“, or, “You know what they say, ...”.

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3 Proverbs for IELTS

A bird in hand is better than two in the bush

Choose what you have, which is certain, and don’t take the risk of going for something new.

However, we know that taking risks is worthwhile, so you can use it negatively and say, “I know it would be easier to just stay in Brazil, but I’m taking the risk and trying to immigrate to Canada. I know they say ‘a bird in hand…’, but I don’t agree.

The grass is always greener on the other side

People tend to think other people’s lives or situations are always better than their own, and they may or may not be correct.

You could use this when talking about lifestyles, materialism, moving abroad, etc.

Again, flip it around! Say, “People say ‘the grass is always greener,’ but, sometimes it is true! I can have a better life if I go for it.”

Too many cooks spoil the broth/ Too many cooks in the kitchen

Too many people working on one thing is difficult, and it doesn’t turn out well. It’s easier to do some things yourself.

This is very useful for IELTS, as you may be asked in Speaking Part 1 about doing things alone.

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How would you use today’s proverbs?

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