It’s Golden Week in Japan! What is Golden Week?
This week the shows are different than usual.
Every day there will be a different show on a topic to do with English.
Mon 1 May: Golden Week special 1: proverbs
Tues 2 May: Golden Week special 2: jokes part 1 – blonde jokes
Wed 3 May: Golden Week special 3: jokes part 2 – knock knock jokes
Thurs 4 May: Golden Week special 4: gestures
Fri 5 May: Golden Week special 5: spot the spelling mistake – English signs in Japan
Saturday and Sunday … wait and see!
Golden Week special 1: Proverbs.
I talk about these proverbs on the show:
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Beggars can’t be choosers.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
It is no use crying over spilt milk.
No pain, no gain.
Practice makes perfect.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Variety is the spice of life.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
You can’t judge a book buy its cover.
Plus the Japanese proverb: Hana yori dango.
Some more common proverbs:
Actions speak louder than words.
Boys will be boys.
Easier said than done.
Great minds think alike.
Ignorance is bliss.
It takes two to tango.
Like father, like son.
Look on the bright side.
Never say die.
Patience is a virtue.
Revenge is sweet.
Seeing is believing.
Silence is golden.
Strike while the iron is hot.
The early bird catches the worm.
There are only 24 hours in a day.
There’s no place like home.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Two is company, three is a crowd.
When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
You can’t have your cake and eat it too.