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Source: 101 American English Proverbs by Harry Collis (Amazon)
Understanding Language and Culture Through Commonly Used Sayings.◼MY OTHER ANKI DECKS
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Section Seven: Friend or Foe?
Love Is Blind
one sees no faults in the person one loves
I just don’t know how Carolyn has stuck It out with Matt for so many years.They’ve been married for over thirty years, haven’t they?True—in spite of the fact that he’s such a rude and selfish person.He has been far from the ideal husband, and yet she puts up with him and completely ignores his shortcomings.No doubt about it, love is blind!You’re right. Apparently she loves him so much that she doesn’t see his faults.Well, I can’t say the same about my husband. I’m not blind to his faults, and he’s not blind to mine! But I think we have a good marriage anyway.
Section Four: Getting Ahead
Practice Makes Perfect
doing something many times improves one’s skill at it
You’re now typing thirty words per minute. Good for you. That’s a big improvement.Thank you. If only I could stop making mistakes on those numbers!That’s something you’ll have to work on, but practice makes perfect. Eventually you’ll be able to type the numbers just as accurately as you do the letters.Now that you mention it, I have been concentrating more on the letters. I think I’ll focus my practice on the numbers for a while. With constant drill and repetition I should be able to type them perfectly.You’ll increase your typing speed and proficiency, too. Just keep practicing. You can only get better!
Section Three: Watch Out!
AU That Glitters Is Not Gold
some things are not as valuable as they appear to be
Boy, Ahmed sure got taken the other day at the bazaar.What happened?You know he collects old swords and sabers. Well, he came across a neat, shining scimitar in one of the booths. The guy assured him that it dated from the fifteenth century and that it would never rust. Ahmed was so excited with his find that he really didn’t examine it very carefully before he took it home. That’s when he discovered that the scimitar was coated to hide the rust and that it was a copy, not an original.Just goes to prove that all that glitters is not gold.That’s for sure! Ahmed learned the hard way that some things are not as valuable as they appear to be.
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