Improve your English Fluency by learning English Proverbs!

Improve your English fluency – Learn English proverbs


Has something like this ever happened to you?

Mariana has recently moved from Mexico to the USA. She has found a job as a nanny and she loves her new job. The family she works for offered to pay for her English classes.

Mariana was wondering how she could improve her English, so one day she approached her teacher with this question. The teacher recommended reading books in English to kids since she’s a nanny. Mariana listened to her advice and started reading children’s books every evening.

However, since the kids were very curious and asked many questions about the book, Mariana started hesitating. One day, the girl asked her what does “Blood is thicker than water” mean.

Mariana didn’t know what to answer…

She’s never heard about that before…

learn English proverbs for english fluency

So, what can you do in a situation like this?

What can you do when you find yourself in a situation like this? Do you know what proverbs are?

Have you ever heard of an English proverb?

Are they useful in achieving English fluency?

English learners sometimes confuse proverbs with idioms.

An idiom is a fixed phrase that has a different meaning from its constituent parts.

A proverb is a well-known phrase or even a whole sentence that is used to give advice or say something that is generally true.


If you want to improve your fluency in English, you have to learn proverbs.

Native English speakers use proverbs in their everyday conversations, so it is useful to know some English proverbs.

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So, how can learning English proverbs help you achieve your fluency goals?

Well, some proverbs are very popular and very common in the every-day speech of native speakers.

This means that if you want to understand native speakers better, you should take some time and learn English proverbs.

Don’t you worry, English proverbs are short and concise, so it won’t take much time for you to learn them.

Also, they provide advice which is usually gained from experience, so if you come across a proverb in a conversation, pay attention to the context of the proverb.

For example, your boss leaves the office and one of your colleagues says “When the cat is away, the mice will play.” What is he referring to? Where’s the cat? Mice? What mice?

If you are unfamiliar with the proverb, you won’t understand what your colleague is saying.

But, if you take your time and learn some of the most popular proverbs in everyday speech, you will understand that they are saying that now that the boss is gone from the office, the staff is in charge.


What are some other popular proverbs?

Well, here is my list of the most popular proverbs:

A penny saved is a penny gained.

Better late than never.

Bad news travels fast.

You can’t take it with you when you die.

Blood is thicker than water.

There’s no place like home.

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Out of sight, out of mind.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

What is the best way to learn English proverbs?

Here is my special advice for all of you trying to improve your English fluency by learning English proverbs:

1.      Find a list of proverbs. There are many lists of proverbs on the Google.

2.      Read through them and pick the ones that interest you the most and the ones you think that will be useful for you in your everyday life.

3.      Every day, choose one proverb and learn it. Try to think of a situation in which this proverb would be useful for you.


Group proverbs by their meaning.

Think of categories of their meaning. For example: love, work, health, money, family, etc. 


To make it easier for you, I've categorized some proverbs. 

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