Английские пословицы

Famous English Proverbs - listen & repeat


Пословицы на английском языке (english proverbs)

How to explain what a proverb means     


A stranger is a friend you      It means that everyone is a potential friend of yours.

haven`t met yet.


A friend in need is a friend     A friend who helps you when you need help is a true /real/sincere/ friend.



Lend your money and lose      If you lend a friend money it may lead to arguments (e.g. about repaying

your friend.                             the money) which destroy your frienship.


Home is where the heart is.


“Home” is not necessarily where we live now, but where the people or things we love most are.

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There is no place like home.

Although other places may be more luxurious, beautiful, etc, your home is a special place simply because it’s your home.


East, west, home is best.




Like father, like son/ Like mother, like daughter.

No matter where you travel, nothing can compare to your own home.



Boys often look and/or act like their fathers. / Girls often look and / or act like their mothers. 



The apple never falls far from the tree.



Children are not very different from their parents. Children are usually alike their parents.


The early bird catches the worm.


People who begin their day early can take advantage of opportunities which those who begin later will miss.


Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

If a person goes to bed early at night and gets up early in the morning, he or she will gain health, wealth and wisdom.


Birds of a feather flock together    People with similar interests, hobbies, ideas, etc. usually stay  together


While the cat`s away, the mice will play    When someone`s parents/boss/teacher, etc. isn`t around they tend to                                                                                   misbehave


Big fish eat little fish    In a battle/argument, etc, the one with the most power/influence, etc will always be the winner


Curiosity killed the cat     You may get into trouble if you ask too many questions about other people`s private affairs                                                   or look somewhere where you are not supposed to.


March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb    InBritain, the weather is often windy & stormy at

                                  he beginning of March (“comes in like a lion”), but mild by the end of the month (“goes out like a lamb”)


Clothes make the man    What you wear is very important, because it affects how you feel & how others see you


Man cannot live by bread alone     -   There are other things that people need,apart from (кроме,не

                                                                     считая)  food, for a good life.


Eat to live, not live to eat       -    Do not allow food to become the only/most important thing in  your life.


You can`t make an omelette without breaking eggs   - A certain ammount of sacrifice

                                                                (inconvenience) etc. is necessary in order to achieve what you want.


Times change and we with time.   -  As time passes, `times` (i.e. (=that is) fashion, technology, etc)  

                                                                  change, and people also change as they grow older; we can`t

                                                                  expect (ожидать) anything to remain the same.


Other times, other manners        -  The way, situations are dealt with, varies according to when & where

                                                                  they occur/happen.


Time and tide wait for no man.    -   Time will continue to pass & thetides(приливы) will continue to rise

                        & fall,no matter (неважно) what anyone does, so we should make the most opportunities before they pass.                                                              ----------------------------------------------------

The reward of fame and  the price of fame.    -  Fame brings satisfaction & fulfilment, but it

     (награда славы и цена славы)                    doesn`t come without sacrifice (жертва) & pain(боль).


Actions speak louder than words.   -  It is not what you say that is important or tells people

                                                                 what kind of person you are, but what you do.


All``s well that ends well -  When an incident ends happily despite (не смотря на) earlier

                                             difficulties/disasters, these unpleasant events seem unimportant.


A picture is worth a thousand words.   – It`s better to see it once than to describe it. /

                                                            A picture can often sum up a situation much more clearly &

                                                     concisely (сжато, кратко) than the words it would take to

                                                     describe it.


See new places, meet new faces.  - Visit different towns, cities & countries you haven`t been to

                                                   before & also meet new people.


Absence makes the heart grow fonder.   -  When someone is away we often tend to remember

                                                                 only the good things about them and, as a result, we like

                                                                 them even more.


Out of sight, out of mind.    -  It is easier  to forget about things or people when you can`t see

                                                them –i.e.(=that is=т.е.=тоесть)when they are not around.


Time will tell.    -    We can only be certain (=sure) about future events (especially(особенно) consequences                                                  (последствия) of present circumstances (обстоятельств)) when those events actually (на самом деле,                                в действительности) take place.


A change is as good as a rest.  (разнообразие, перемены также хороши как и отдых) - 

                                                  - If you take a break from your normal routine, you will feel

                                                 as if(какбуд-то)you’ve actually had a holiday.


Tomorrow never comes.   -   If you don’t do something now, but say that you’ll do it tomorrow,

                                                 you’ll probably never do it.


When in Rome, do as Romans do.    -  When visiting a place,you should(вамследует) follow        

                                                                  the manners and customs of the people who live there.


Experience is the teacher.    -   You learn more from the experience from doing something than

                                                    from any advice or training.


He travels fastest who travels alone.    -  You travel faster when you travel on your own,

                                                             because you don’t have to wait for other people or fit in

                                                             with other people’s plans etc.


Travel broadens the mind.    –All the different experiences you have while travelling teach you

                                                     to be more tolerant of different cultures,customs(обычаи) etc.


to be continued

Английские пословицы 

Everything that is done is done for the best Все, что не делается, все к лучшему
All in a good time Всему свое время
No pain, no gain Под лежачий камень вода не течет
Extremes meet Противоположности притягиваются
Silence gives consent Молчание – знак согласия
Every bullet has its billet От судьбы не уйдешь
Diligence is the mother of success. Терпение и труд все перетрут
Who laughs last laughs longest Смеется тот, кто смеется последним
Misfortunes never come singly Беда одна не приходит
What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts Что потеряешь в одном, выиграешь в другом
All is well that ends well Хорошо то, что хорошо кончается
The exception proves the rule Нет правил без исключения
A great ship asks deep waters Большому кораблю большое плавание
Measure thrice and cut once Семь раз отмерь, один раз отрежь
After dinner comes the reckoning Любишь кататься, люби и саночки возить
Many a little makes a mickle Из мелочей складываются горы
The leopard can’t change his spots Горбатого могила исправит
The best is the enemy of the good От добра добра не ищут
Ill-gotten, ill-spent Как пришло, так и ушло
Four eyes see more than two Одна голова хорошо, а две лучше
Love can neither be bought nor sold Любовь за деньги не купишь
Love can not be compelled Насильно мил не будешь
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush Лучше синица в руках, чем журавль в небе
Birds of a feather flock together Рыбак рыбака видит издалека
Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you Не буди лихо, пока оно тихо
Do at Rome as the Romans do В чужой монастырь со своим уставом не ходят
Be content with what you have Будьте довольны тем, что имеете
Much ado about nothing Много шума из ничего