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.


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.



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



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



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



13. Stand on your own two feet.



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



16. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.



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