Some benefits of proverbs and sayings in foreign language classes

M. V. Kuimova, M. O. Mazhanov, R. I. Bazhenov

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Long observed are the wisdom and spirit of people appearing in their proverbs and sayings, myths, legends, fairytales and folk songs. Therefore, the knowledge of proverbs and sayings helps promote better understanding of the thoughtway and character of the folk. Proverbs and sayings represent a national cultural heritage and are a favoured material for learning in a foreign language class. They give students primary information about grammar, syntax and phraseology, and information about the culture of the target language country. In addition, they make speech lively and eloquent. The paper presents some practical recommendations and exercises on the use of proverbs and saying in a foreign language class.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-197
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Cultural awareness
  • Folk wisdom
  • Foreign language teaching
  • Learning interest and motivation
  • Proverbs and sayings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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