English Proverbs and Sayings

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Министерство образования Республики Беларусь Отдел образования Новополоцкого горисполкома Пословицы и поговорки при обучении английскому языку Учащаяся 9 «Г» класса Яцкевич Ю.О. Научный руководитель: Казакевич А.А. учитель второй категории Новополоцк, 2010 CONTENTS Introduction ……………………………………………………………..…...….3 1. The problem of the definition of proverbs and sayings ……..……….….……4 2. The origin of English proverbs and sayings …………………………………. 5 3. The thematic classification of English proverbs and sayings… ……………....6 4. The usage of English proverbs and sayings in teaching English 4.1 pronunciation ..……………………………………………………….……7 4.2 grammar …………………………………………………………......8 4. 3 vocabulary…show more content…
A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. If a proverb is distinguished by particularly good phrasing, it may be known as an aphorism. The study of proverbs is called: paremiology (from Greek παροιμία - paroimía, "proverb") and can be dated back as far as Aristotle. Paremiography, on the other hand, is the collection of proverbs. Subgenres include proverbial comparisons (“as busy as a bee”), proverbial interrogatives (“Does a chicken have lips?”) and twin formulas (“give and take”). Typical stylistic features of proverbs are: alliteration (Forgive and forget) parallelism (Nothing ventured, nothing gained) rhyme (When the cat is away, the mice will play) ellipsis (Once bitten, twice shy) Internal features that can be found quite frequently include: hyperbole (All is fair in love and war) paradox (For there to be peace there must first be war) personification (Hunger is the best cook) To make the respective statement more general most proverbs are based on a metaphor. Further typical features of the proverb are its shortness (average: seven words), and the fact that its author is generally unknown (otherwise it would be a quotation). We should also understand the difference between a proverb and a saying. A proverb distinguishes from a saying by its instructive nature and maturity. Whereas a saying is usually not quite complete and has no conclusion. 2. The origin of English proverbs and sayings The sources of

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