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Saatnya Kenali Contoh Proverb Bahasa Inggris Beserta Arti!

bahasa Inggris proverb

Pernah dengar istilah Proverb dalam bahasa Inggris sebelumnya? Kalau kamu masih belum familiar, sebenarnya proverb singkatnya adalah peribahasa.

Contohnya dalam bahasa Indonesia yaitu “bagai air di daun talas” artinya tidak memiliki pendirian dan selalu berubah-ubah.

Kita sering mengenal proverb dengan istilah peribahasa. 

Yup, keduanya adalah hal yang sama dan berkaitan. Peribahasa biasa untuk memberi nasihat atau peringatan dengan kelompok kata yang halus dan sopan dan dirangkai sedemikian rupa.

Sama seperti di Indonesia, setiap negara memiliki peribahasanya tersendiri termasuk di Inggris. Dalam bahasa Inggris, peribahasa sering digunakan dalam percakapan. Sehingga jika kamu mampu menguasai materi proverb, kemampuan bahasa Inggris kamu akan jauh lebih baik!

Tak perlu lama-lama, simak contoh penggunan proverb dalam bahasa Inggris di bawah ini!


Pepatah adalah ucapan singkat, sederhana, dan populer, atau frasa yang memberikan nasihat dan secara efektif mewujudkan kebenaran umum berdasarkan pengalaman praktis atau akal sehat. Sebuah pepatah mungkin memiliki pesan alegoris di balik penampilannya yang aneh. Alasan popularitas adalah karena penggunaannya dalam bahasa lisan, serta dalam sastra rakyat.

Definisi Proverb menurut Collins Dictionary,

“A proverb is a short sentence that people often quote, which gives advice or tells you something about life.”

Contoh Kalimat Menggunakan Proverb

Things Fall Apart (By Chinua Achebe)

“If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.”

Meaning: If you remove the dirt of your ancestors, you can have a better future. Everyone can build his or her own fame.

“A child’s fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm.”

Meaning: Children who obey their mothers are not punished.

Romeo and Juliet (By William Shakespeare)

“The weakest goes to the wall.”

Meaning: Weak people are never favored.

“One fire burns out another’s burning,
One pain is lessen’d by another’s anguish.”

Meaning: You can burn new fire from lighting another fire, similarly a new pain could mitigate your old pain.

Contoh Proverbs/Pepatah Bahasa Inggris

A bad workman always blames his tools.

This proverb is used when someone blames the quality of their equipment or other external factors when they perform a task poorly.

Example: X: The turkey isn’t cooked well because the oven is not functioning well. Y: Well, it’s the case of a bad workman blaming his tools.

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

Things we already have are more valuable than what we hope to get.

Example: X: Why did you turn down that job offer when you don’t have anything concrete in hand at the moment? Y: Well, I’m confident I’ll land one of the two jobs I interviewed for last week. And they’re better than this one. X: In my opinion, you should’ve taken it. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

When people we love are not with us, we love them even more.

Example: When I was with her she always fought with me but now she cries for me on phone. I think distance made her heart grow fonder.