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Irish Proverbs

A proverb is a common saying that often expresses a general truth or everyday experience.

Shamrocks

All over the world the Irish are renowned for their music, poetry, tales, myths and above all, for their sense of humour. They tend to blame it all on their Celtic descent.

Picture: Shamrocks have since ancient times been considered by the Irish to bring luck. Do you believe in luck?

Proverbs

Study these proverbs; they will reveal a lot about the Irish character and their ability to laugh at themselves. However, they might also reflect human nature in general.


”Burning the candle
At both ends
Will soon leave you
Without a light”

“The world is a stage
but the play is badly cast.”

“If you dig a grave for others
you might fall into it yourself.”

“A man that can’t laugh at himself
should be given a mirror.”

“You will never plough a field
by turning it over in your mind.”

“A nation’s greatest enemy
is the small minds
of its small people.”

“There is no bone in the tongue
but it often broke a man’s head.”

“On the Irish ladder of success,
there’s always someone on the
rung above using your head to
steady themselves.”

Tasks and Activities

Language

Translate two of your favourite proverbs above into Norwegian.
Do you think we have any Norwegian proverbs that can be compared to the ones above?

Oral

Sit in pairs. Take turns reading and explaining the proverbs to each other. Try to come up with a real life example for at least four of the proverbs.

Make an Illustration

Choose your favourite proverb and make an illustration or find a picture that you think illustrates it in a good way. If you want to use pictures from Ireland you might find something in the following photo gallery. Images of Ireland

Discuss

Do you think the proverbs listed above apply mostly to the Irish, or do they reflect human nature in general?

Learning content

The British Isles

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    The UK

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    An Introduction to England

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    A Closer Look at England

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    An Introduction to Scotland

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    A Closer Look at Scotland

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    An Introduction to Wales

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    A Closer Look at Wales

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    An Introduction to Northern Ireland

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    A Closer Look at Northern Ireland

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    An Introduction to Ireland

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    Easy Text - The UK

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    Easy Text - An Intro. to England

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    London

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    Liverpool

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    Manchester

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    Cambridge

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    The North - South Divide

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    The Faces of London

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Scotland

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    Braveheart

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    Bobby - the Faithful Dog from Edinburgh

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Wales

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Northern Ireland

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    The Troubles

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    The Troubles, Introduction - Text in Brief

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    The Troubles, History - Text in Brief

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    The Troubles, 1960s to Today - Text in Brief

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    The Orange and the Green

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    Flags in Northern Ireland

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    Radio Play: Into Exile

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    Dublin

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    Molly Malone

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    Frank McCourt: Angela's Ashes

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Oppgaver og aktiviteter

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    UK Quiz - General Knowledge

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    England Quiz

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    Task - Match place and description

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    Plan a Holiday in Scotland

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    Task: Bobby - the faithful dog...

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    Wales Quiz

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    Northern Ireland Quiz

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    Tasks - The Troubles

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    Tasks: Into Exile

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    Task: Molly Malone

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    Quiz Molly Malone

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    Edinburgh Castle

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    Loch Ness

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    In the Name of the Father (film)

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Kildemateriale

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    The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain

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