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"Actions speak louder than words"
Proverbs are cute little phrases that contain some "greater" meaning!
“H ell hath no fury like a woman scorned”
Guest:1. I would like to know differences between idioms and proverbs?
2. How much important it is to use both idioms and proverbs when talking or writing the academic work?
3. Nowadays we have students who do not know much about proverbs and idioms especially in the Zulu context because English Language is dominating in our schools, now how would I help a Zulu speaking student but schooling in a English dominated school the richness of isiZulu and its origin through proverbs and idioms?
4. Back to English idioms and proverbs, I need to know how did they originate since it is easy with the Zulu idioms and proverbs to relate them with the previous history? That is why it is sometimes difficult to understand the English ones because they do relate to our culture and traditions.
Woody, can you translate it, please?
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" means, if a woman seeks a relationship with someone, and her offer is declined, she is going to be very annoyed and seek to hurt whomever it was who said no.
It's a stupid and chauvanistic phrase. I wouldn't worry about it.
2. Not important at all
3. I don't know
4. [url="http://www.oup.com/elt/global/isbn/0-19-431545-2 /"]The Oxford Idioms Dictionary[/url] and [url="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0192800841/102-4236893-8942502?v=glance "]The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs[/url] are good places to start.
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