1.5.1 - The Things We Say

 

The Things We Say: Culture and Casual Expressions

 

A useful way to understand a culture is by examining the expressions people use in everyday conversation. These common expressions, after all, reflect what most people in a given society believe in or value.

 

What cultural value or belief do the following expressions reveal about US-American culture? Select your response from each box. The first group of expressions is done for you.

 

Example:
He thinks he's better than so and so.
She's always putting on airs.
That person should be cut down to size.
It's gone to his head.

Value/belief: Egalitarianism

 

1. Talk is cheap.
2. Put your money where your mouth is.
3. He's all talk and no action. 

Value/belief :

 

4. She's always beating around the bush.
5. Tell it like it is.
6. Straight talk, straight answer, straight shooter: that's what we need.

Value/belief:

 

7. She did something with her life.
8. Nice guys finish last. 

Value/belief:

 

9. Every cloud has a silver lining.
10. Look on the bright side.
11. Tomorrow is another day.

Value/belief:

 

12. Where there's a will there's a way.   

Value/belief:

 

13. Stand on your own two feet.

Value/belief:

 

14. Don't judge a book by its cover. 
15. All that glitters isn't gold. 

Value/belief:

 

16. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Value/belief:

 

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