Language awareness / Talking point




The English Language has many proverbs - common sayings that are familiar that express a basic truth.


A. Look at the following proverbs and try and explain their meaning.

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1)It nerver rains but it pours
2)Absence makes the heart grow fonder
3)Before you meet the handsome prince you have to kiss a lot of toads
4)An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
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B. Proverbs often fall naturally into two parts. Match the beginning of the proverb on the left with its appropriate ending on the right. Then, explain what the proverb means.

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C. Proverb Completion

Complete the following well known proverbs

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1)Strike while the
2)Don´t bite the hand that
3)You can´t teach an old dog
4)Where there´s smoke,
5)Two´s a company,
6)Better late than
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Talking Point

Should everyone be taught and speak the same Language? What language should it be?



Since the demise of Latin in the 15th century the world has lacked an official language of communication. Many have argued that it would be easier and contribute to global harmony if we could agree on one standard language. In fact L. L. Zamenhof created Esperanto specifically for this purpose at the end of the 19th century. However since then many have viewed English as a de-facto global language with local dialects like Singlish being spoken in many corners of the globes. The advance of English is resisted within many cultures that see language as an essential component of identity as well as a key tool for accessing the history and literatures of individual peoples.


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