Birds of a feather flock together. A: Birds of a feather flock together. B: People with the same interests do tend to associate with each other. In unity there is strength. A: In unity there is strength! We can accomplish more as a group than we can by ourselves.
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The proverbs in this book are grouped in nine thematic sections, in order to facilitate student understanding and acquisition of proverbs for use in particular contexts. Within each section the proverbs are listed alphabetically. The proverbs included in American English Proverbs are among those that are most familiar to and most frequently used by native speakers of English.
Each proverb is presented in its most common form together with a standard English definition. It must be noted that many of the proverbs have variant forms as well as more than one possible meaning. Students are unlikely to be troubled by this flexibility if they reflect on its presence in the proverbs of their native languages.
The wordings and definitions selected for this book are intended to help students achieve a basic understanding of each proverb. A cartoon and a short paragraph or dialogue are provided to help illustrate the meaning and usage of each proverb. To this end they include many contemporary expressions.
These expressions should not deter from the basic comprehension of the proverb. The illustrations add an element of humor while helping to convey the meaning of each proverb. An index is included to facilitate recall and location of the proverbs. The standard English definitions for the proverbs are also listed in the index.
This book also serves as a springboard for conversation about some of the similarities and differences between various languages and cultures. Both nonnative and native speakers of English will benefit from and enjoy the wealth of linguistic and cultural information to be found in this selection of American English proverbs.
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