Learning proverbs – or sayings – are a great way to get insight and improve your English. Unfortunately, some proverbs are easy to understand and others more difficult. This article provides twenty intermediate level proverbs that are right for your level. Each proverb has a definition for you to learn the proverb. Once you have learned these twenty proverbs, match the situations to the appropriate proverb at the end of the article. Teachers can use these activities with proverbs in the classroom to help your learners.
After a storm comes a calm. When life is difficult, remember that things get better and calm down sooner or later.
Beauty is only skin-deep. Physical beauty is not the only important thing.
Blood is thicker than water. People who are in your family are more important than people you meet in life.
Never send a boy to do a man’s job. It’s important to give important tasks to people with experience.
Clothes make the man. The clothing you wear change how you appear to yourself and others.
What’s done cannot be undone. Don’t worry about a mistake, you can’t change it.
Half the truth is often a whole lie. Providing only certain details, and hiding others indicate that something is false.
Great minds think alike. Used with friends to say that we are both smart.
One hand washes the other. If I do something for you, you will do something for me.
Every Jack has his Jill. Everyone can find the right person in life.
Love makes the word go round. The most important thing in life is love.
Never is a long time. Similar to ‘never say never.’ Don’t so ‘no’ to things in life. Things may change.
Money talks. Money can be used to convince people that something is right or needs to be done.
Old habits die hard. Things that you do often are difficult to stop doing.
Practice what you preach. You should act like you say others should act.
One step at a time. Go slowly, be careful.
Truth is stranger than fiction. Life is very surprising.
Variety is the spice of life. It’s important to do many different types of things in life to make it interesting.
Practice makes perfect. If you want to be good at something, you need to do it often.
When in Rome do as the Romans do. It’s important to follow the local customs when in a different location than your home.
After a storm comes a calm. I know things are difficult now, but soon things will get better and easier.
Beauty is only skin-deep. Don’t worry too much about your looks, you’ve got a great personality.
Blood is thicker than water. Remember he’s your brother. That relationship will always remain.
Clothes make the man.We need to choose someone with more experience for this contract. It’s amazing how I feel when I put on a suit.
What’s done cannot be undone. Stop worrying about the past and your choices.
Half the truth is often a whole lie. Even though it seemed like a good idea, the fact that he left out some details should have been a clue to the problems.
Great minds think alike. You and I are thinking the same thing!
One hand washes the other. If Tom helps Peter a little, Peter will help Tom at some time in the future.
Every Jack has his Jill. You will find a partner some day. It’s going to happen!
Love makes the word go round. The best way to success is to treat people with respect.
Never is a long time. You might say you don’t want to do that job today, but tomorrow might be a different story.
Money talks. I know he shouldn’t have won the election, but he had a lot of rich donors.
Old habits die hard. I’ve tried to quit smoking many times. I just can’t do it!
Practice what you preach. If you say that everyone needs to arrive on time, make sure that you also arrive on time.
One step at a time. Things take a long time to accomplish. Take your time and do each thing well.
Truth is stranger than fiction. Sometimes I read the news and am very surprised and amused by what people do.
Variety is the spice of life. Make sure to try all sorts of things in your life. Otherwise, you’ll get bored.
Practice makes perfect. It took years to become a good piano player.
When in Rome do as the Romans do. Watch how the people act and do the same. That way you’ll fit in no matter where you are.