In some of my classes, I and my students learn and talk about some proverbs. It’s an idea I got from a book and, although I wasn’t sure about it at first, I realized it’s actually not a bad idea because proverbs can be quite convenient. Unlike idioms, proverbs can be used on their own in conversations and some of them are known by many people so an explanation is not necessary.

Here are the three proverbs we’ve learned and discussed so far:

  • Beauty is a good letter of recommendation.
    I liked this not because I agree, but because it lead to some interesting discussions with my students.

  • You are never too old to learn.
    This is a proverb that most people probably know. I think it exists in many languages.

  • You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
    I liked this one because I feel like this is something that I can use in future conversations so I made a point to remember it.

It’s only been a week or two since I started talking about proverbs in my classes, but I think they’re good topics for conversations. I’m not sure how my students feel about it, but I am liking it so far because, as always, my students have great ideas to share and I like learning from them.