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Odette Grille  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 21:57
English to French
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Feb 16, 2007

A first grade school teacher in Virginia had twenty-five students in her class.

She presented each child in her classroom with the first half of a well-known
proverb and asked them to come up wit h the remainder of the proverb.

Theirinsight may surprise you. It's hard to believe these were actually done by
first graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!








1. Don't change horses..........................until they stop
running.





2. Strike while the.................................bug is close.








3. It's always darkest before...................Daylight Saving Time.





4. Never underestimate the power of .termites.





5. You can lead a horse to water but ..... how?





6. Don't bite the hand that ....................looks dirty.





7. No news is.......................................impossible.





8. A miss is as good as a .................... Mr.





9. You can't teach an old dog new ........ math.





10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll ......stink in the morning.





11. Love all, trust ............................ me.





12. The pen is mightier than the .pigs.





13. An idle mind is.............................the best way to
relax.





14. Where there's smoke there's .pollution.





15. Happy the bride who........................gets all the presents.





16. A penny saved is ..........................not much





17. Two's company, three's ................ the Musketeers





18. Don't put off till tomorrow what ...... you put on to go to bed.





19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and..... you have
to


blow


your nose.





20. There are none so blind as ........... Stevie Wonder.





21. Children should be seen and not ....spanked or grounded.





22. If at first you don't succeed ............. get new batteries.





23. You get out of something only what you ... see in the picture on
the


box.





24. When the blind lead the blind ......... get out of the way.





And the WINNER and last one!





25. Better late than.................................... pregnant


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Elena Sánchez-Pinto Hodgson  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to Spanish
Very funny Feb 16, 2007

Some of them really made me laugh.

My favorite is:

17. Two's company, three's ................ the Musketeers


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Carla Trapani
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great Feb 16, 2007

absolutely phantastic, I think I might copy some of them..

Thank you!
Carla


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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 08:57
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Really Funny Story Feb 16, 2007

Hi Odette,

Your story is really funny and relaxing my mind, nerves and muscles.:):):)

As a part-time English teacher at a junior high school, I once witnessed one of my students continued the incomplete proverb I wrote on the blackboard:

Kill two birds with . . . . . . two knives.


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liz askew  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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idiomatics and children Feb 17, 2007

Thank you for posting these delightful phrases from children.

I have two children of my own (13 and 14) and their use of language can be quite entertaining and enlightening.


Never dismiss what a child has to say.....they say some "gems". Their spontaneity and lack of inhibition can be wonderful and generally speaking children are worth listening to.

They are the future and we should treasure them.

Thanks again for making me smile.


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Odette Grille  Identity Verified
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Copy Feb 18, 2007

Carla Trapani wrote:

absolutely phantastic, I think I might copy some of them..

Thank you!
Carla



So long as you don't mistake them in a translation....

I copied them from a friend myself.

It helps to start with a smile

Have a good day,
Ode


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Odette Grille  Identity Verified
Canada
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A good one to add to the list ! Feb 18, 2007

Hipyan Nopri wrote:,

Your story is really funny and relaxing my mind, nerves and muscles.:):):)


Kill two birds with . . . . . . two knives.


Thanks to you Hipyan
I like this one as I often misquote it.
In French it is 'one stone for two hits'
Have a good day
Ode


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Odette Grille  Identity Verified
Canada
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13 and 14 Feb 18, 2007

liz askew wrote:

Thank you for posting these delightful phrases from children.

I have two children of my own (13 and 14) and their use of language can be quite entertaining and enlightening.

Thanks again for making me smile.


Hi Liz,

Well, you still have a few years to enjoy... And then come the grandchildren...I have six (already !)
I was baptized 'Bômère' by the first one who could not pronounce 'grand-mère' (grandma) at the time.
Then, I was introduced to the second one as ' Ta Bômère '
as the nickname had stuck and became, guess what ? 'Tabômère'
Now, I am expecting one will some day come out with 'My Tabomère' (My Yourgrandma) as the Québecois sometime use Ma mmatante (my myaunt)...

Have a good day
Ode


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Odette Grille  Identity Verified
Canada
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Favorites Feb 18, 2007

Elena SPH wrote:

Some of them really made me laugh.

My favorite is:

17. Two's company, three's ................ the Musketeers



Hello Elena,

Sometimes I wish I were a teacher... If it were not so stressful at toher times...

I like the 'penny saved is not much'... and most of them actually.

Have a good day
Ode


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