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"A watched pot never boils."
Don't sit around waiting for something to happen.
"The grass is always greener on the other side."
People tend to want whatever they don't have.
"Time heals all wounds."
If someone hurts your feelings, you will feel better over time.
"Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
Your plans might not work out, so don't start thinking about what you'll do after you succeed. Wait until you've already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket."
Have a backup plan. Don't risk all of your money or time in one plan.
Time goes by very fast.
"A penny saved is a penny earned."
It is best to save your money and every little bit counts.
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away."
Eating apples and other fruits and vegetables will help you stay healthy.
"Don't judge a book by its cover."
Sometimes things look different than they really are. You don't know someone/something just by looking at them/it.
"Turn over a new leaf."
Get a fresh start. It doesn't matter what happened in the past, you can start again.
"Two wrongs don't make a right."
When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.
"When in Rome, do as the Romans."
Act the way that the people around you are acting.
"The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
If you complain or speak up about something, you will get help before the person who waits patiently. No one's going to help you unless you speak up.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
When a challenge comes or something is hard, you need to be strong and work harder.
"Better late than never."
It's still good to do it, even if it is late.
"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they're planning.
"It's the thought that counts."
Don't worry if something went wrong, you meant well. You were being kind even if it didn't go as expected.
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
Pictures can show emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations.
"There's no place like home."
Your own home is the most comfortable place to be.
"The early bird catches the worm."
You should wake up, start work early, or get there first, if you want to succeed.
"Cleanliness is next to godliness."
Be clean, being clean is a top quality.
"Beggars can't be choosers."
If you ask for help or a favor, you have to take whatever they give you.
"Actions speak louder than words."
Doing something means a lot more than just saying it. It is harder and more meaningful when you actually do it compared to saying it.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Don't try to improve something that already works fairly well. You'll probably create new problems.
"Practice makes perfect."
You have to practice a skill to become good at it.
"Easy come, easy go."
When you get money or something quickly, like by winning, it's easy to lose it or spend it quickly as well.
"Don't bite the hand that feeds you."
If someone's paying you or helping you out, be careful not to make them angry or say bad things/complain about them.
"All good things must come to an end."
You can't keep having good luck or fun forever; eventually it has to stop.
"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
When you try to change someone's behavior and it doesn't work, you might have to change instead. For example, if you're trying to get your friends to focus on studying but they want to party, maybe you should just party with them.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure."
Different people value different things.
"There's no time like the present."
Don't wait to do something later, do it now.
"Good things come to those who wait."
"Two heads are better than one."
When more people help/cooperate, they come up with better ideas and it turns out better.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Don't be mean or do mean things to others unless you want them to be mean back. Golden Rule.
"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."
If one member of a team doesn't perform well, the whole team will fail.
"Honesty is the best policy."
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
Sometimes it's good to be away or take a break from someone, because it makes you want to see them again.
"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
If you try to help someone, but they don't take your advice or offers, stop. You can't force someone to accept your help.
"If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself."
Don't trust other people to do important things for you. You have to do something yourself, if you want to make sure it is done the way you want it.
This list of functional words was professionally selected to be the most useful for a child or adult who has difficulty understanding proverbs.
We encourage you to use this list when practicing proverbs at home.
Home practice with proverbs will make progress toward meeting individual language goals much faster.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are only able to see students/clients 30-60 mins (or less) per week. This is not enough time or practice for someone to strengthen their understanding of proverbs.
Every day that your loved one goes without practicing proverbs it becomes more difficult to help them.
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We know life is busy, but if you're reading this you're probably someone who cares about helping their loved one as much as you can.
Practice 5-10 minutes whenever you can, but try to do it on a consistent basis (daily).
Please, please, please use this list to practice.
It will be a great benefit to you and your loved one's progress.