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Atasözleri bir tür yaşam tavsiyesi verir. Her dil ve kültürde vardır ve birçok atasözü birden fazla dilde mevcuttur. İngilizcede en yaygın kullanılan 25 Atasözünü inceleyelim.

1.PROVERB            Absence makes the heart grow fonder

MEANING           Being away from someone or something for a period of time makes you appreciate that person or thing more when you see them or it again

EXAMPLE            “I used to hate going to my aunt’s house, but now I kind of miss it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”


2.PROVERB            Actions speak louder than words.

MEANING             What you do is more important than what you say

EXAMPLE            “Don’t just tell me you’re going to change. Do it! Actions speak louder than words.”


3.PROVERB            A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

MEANING           You must begin something if you hope to finish it; something that takes a long time to finish begins with one step

EXAMPLE            “If you want to lose weight, you need to stop eating junk, and you need to start exercising. Today. Not tomorrow. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”


4.PROVERB            All good things must come to an end

MEANING           Everything ends; good times don’t last forever

EXAMPLE            “I wish this vacation would go on forever. It’s too bad that all good things must come to an end.”


5.PROVERB            A picture is worth a thousand words

MEANING           An image can tell a story better than words

EXAMPLE            “I wasn’t sure that he loved her, but then I saw them hugging at the airport. A picture is worth a thousand words.”


6.PROVERB            A watched pot never boils

MEANING           If something takes time to do, it doesn’t help to constantly check on it. You just have to give it time.

EXAMPLE            “I know you think he’s going to be a great guitar player one day, but stop criticizing him so much. He just started taking lessons two weeks ago! A watched pot never boils.”

7.PROVERB            Beggars can’t be choosers

MEANING           If you’re in a bad situation and someone offers to help you, you have to take whatever they give you and shouldn’t ask for more

EXAMPLE            “I was unemployed, and they offered me a job cleaning prison toilets. I didn’t like the job, but I accepted it. Beggars can’t be choosers.”


8.PROVERB            Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

MEANING           What is “beautiful” is different for each person

EXAMPLE            “I think their house is ugly, but they seem to like it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

9.PROVERB            Better late than never

MEANING           It’s better to finish something late than to never do it at all

EXAMPLE            “Hello, Mr. Jameson. Here is my final essay. Better late than never, right?”


10.PROVERB            Birds of a feather flock together

MEANING           People who are similar spend time together

EXAMPLE            “I think we all started hanging out because we all liked anime. Birds of a feather flock together.”

11.PROVERB            Cleanliness is next to godliness

MEANING           It’s good to be clean. God is clean, and you should be too.

EXAMPLE            “Go take a shower before your date. You know what they say; cleanliness is next to godliness.”

12.PROVERB            Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

MEANING           Don’t make someone angry or hurt someone who is helping you or paying for you

EXAMPLE            “You had a fight with your boss? Are you stupid? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”


13.PROVERB            Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

MEANING           Don’t expect a positive result before you actually see it

EXAMPLE            A: “This idea is going to make me millions of dollars!”

B: “Whoa. Let’s slow down. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”


14.PROVERB            Don’t judge a book by its cover

MEANING           Don’t judge someone or something by appearance alone

EXAMPLE            “Racism is still a problem today, and it will continue to be that way until we learn not to judge a book by its cover.”


15.PROVERB            Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket

MEANING           Don’t put all of your hopes and resources into one goal or dream

EXAMPLE            “I know you really want to be an actor, but don’t you think you’re being financially irresponsible? Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.”


16.PROVERB            Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

MEANING           If you can do something today, do it. Don’t wait until tomorrow; don’t procrastinate.

EXAMPLE            “You have 6 hours of free time now. You should start on that final psychology assignment. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”


17.PROVERB            Don’t put too many irons in the fire

MEANING           Don’t try to do too many things at the same time; focus on one thing at a time

EXAMPLE            “No wonder you’re exhausted. You’re trying to work 4 jobs at the same time! You have too many irons in the fire right now.”


18.PROVERB            Easy come, easy go

MEANING           When you make money quickly, it’s very easy to lose it quickly as well

EXAMPLE            “I won $200 at the casino, and then I spent it on a very expensive meal for me and some friends. Easy come, easy go.”


19.PROVERB            Fortune favors the bold

MEANING           People who are brave and who take risks are more successful than people who are do things safely all the time

EXAMPLE            “It’s a risk, but the reward could be great. I say you go for it. Fortune favors the bold.”


20.PROVERB            God helps those who help themselves

MEANING           Don’t just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to make them happen

EXAMPLE            “If you want a better life, you can’t just sit on your butt thinking about it. You have to work to make it happen. God helps those who help themselves.”


21.PROVERB            Good things come to those who wait

MEANING           If you are patient, good things can happen

EXAMPLE            “I know you’re hungry, but stop being so impatient. We just ordered our food. Good things come to those who wait.”


22.PROVERB            Honesty is the best policy

MEANING           It’s always better to tell the truth than it is to lie

EXAMPLE            “If you want people to trust you, you need to be honest with them. Honesty is the best policy.”

23.PROVERB            Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

MEANING           In any situation, be optimistic about the result, but always be ready for the worst outcome

EXAMPLE            “We’re going on vacation next week. It’s supposed to rain a lot, so we’re bringing our umbrellas and a bunch of board games. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”


24.PROVERB            If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

MEANING           If something is already working well, don’t try to change it or improve it

EXAMPLE            “Why are you trying to upgrade your PC again? It was working fine before. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”


25          PROVERB            If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

MEANING           If you can’t change someone’s behavior or opinion, sometimes it’s better or easier to do what they want to do

EXAMPLE            “I told Mark that we needed to study, but he kept playing video games. Eventually I gave up and just played video games too. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”


26.PROVERB            If you play with fire, you’ll get burned

MEANING           If you get involved in something dangerous or beyond your abilities, you will probably experience negative consequences

EXAMPLE            “Don’t make him angry. If you play with fire, you’ll get burned.”


27.PROVERB            If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself

MEANING           Don’t depend on someone else to do a good job; do it yourself

EXAMPLE            “I asked my roommate to wash the dishes, but they ended up super filthy! I guess it’s true what they say: if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”


28.PROVERB            Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

MEANING           If someone is your enemy, treat them like a friend so you can be ready if they ever try to betray you

EXAMPLE            “We don’t trust each other, but we have to be nice to each other because we work for the same company. I’m worried about him stealing my promotion, so I’m going to keep being nice to him. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer, and all that.”


29.PROVERB            Knowledge is power

MEANING           The more you know, the more powerful you can be in different areas of your life

EXAMPLE            “When we were kids, our parents taught us how to swim. That knowledge helped me to save my cousin’s life when he was 5 years old. Knowledge is power.”


30 .PROVERB            Laughter is the best medicine.

MEANING           When you’re in a difficult situation, laughing can make it easier to get through that situation

EXAMPLE            “I’m sorry to hear about your dog. Want to watch a funny movie? Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine.”


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