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#19. Exercise your memory and reasoning skills with these US and international proverbs

Mem­o­ry relies most­ly on some tem­po­ral (in green) and frontal (in red) areas of the brain. Temporal lobe Frontal LobeThese may be the areas that will get stim­u­lat­ed when you (assum­ing you are Amer­i­can or have lived in the US for long) try to remem­ber the miss­ing words in the Amer­i­can proverbs below.

How­ev­er when it comes to inter­na­tion­als proverbs below you may have to use your rea­son­ing skills more than your mem­o­ry skills, as it is like­ly that you do not know these proverbs. In this case, the frontal exer­cise is more intense. Try to guess what the final words of each inter­na­tion­al proverb might be. Use your log­i­cal skills.

If you live out­side the USA, your expe­ri­ence will prob­a­bly be the reverse.

US proverbs

1. The ear­ly bird gets the ___________.
2. After all is _______ and done, more is said than __________.
3. From ___________ begin­nings come great ____________.
4. Don’t ___________ hors­es while cross­ing a ____________.
5. There are three kinds of _________; those that make ________ hap­pen, those that watch things __________ and those who don’t know what’s _______________.
6. The frog does not ____________ the pond in which he __________.

Inter­na­tion­al proverbs

1. With enough “ifs” we could put Paris into a _________. (France)
2. Write injuries in sand, kind­ness­es in ____________.  (France)
3. A closed mouth catch­es no _____________ .  (France)
4. Appetite comes with _______________ .  (France)
5. If you are look­ing for a fly in your food it means that you are ___________. (South Africa)
6. Behold the igua­na puff­ing itself out to make itself a ____________.  (South Africa)
7. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the ___________. (Greece)
8. If you want to gath­er a lot of knowl­edge, act as if you are _________________. (Viet­nam)

Solu­tions

US proverbs

1. The ear­ly bird gets the worm.
2. After all is said and done, more is said than done.
3. From small begin­nings come great things.
4. Don’t change hors­es while cross­ing a stream.
5. There are three kinds of peo­ple; those that make things hap­pen, those that watch things hap­pen and those who don’t know what’s hap­pen­ing.
6. The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

Inter­na­tion­al proverbs

1. With enough “ifs” we could put Paris into a bot­tle.
2. Write injuries in sand, kind­ness­es in mar­ble.
3. A closed mouth catch­es no flies.
4. Appetite comes with eat­ing.
5. If you are look­ing for a fly in your food it means that you are full.
6. Behold the igua­na puff­ing itself out to make itself a man!
7. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.
8. If you want to gath­er a lot of knowl­edge, act as if you are igno­rant.

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Pascale Michelon— This arti­cle was writ­ten by Pas­cale Mich­e­lon, Ph. D., for Sharp­Brains. Dr. Mich­e­lon has a Ph.D. in Cog­ni­tive Psy­chol­o­gy and has worked as a Research Sci­en­tist at Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty in Saint Louis, in the Psy­chol­o­gy Depart­ment. She con­duct­ed sev­er­al research projects to under­stand how the brain makes use of visu­al infor­ma­tion and mem­o­rizes facts.

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  1. Real­ly enjoyed this and the site — am now fol­low­ing on my blog! Thanks.

  2. RENA BURKE says:

    ALZEMHEIRS RUNS IN MY FAMILY, SO I CONSTANTLY TRY TO KEEP MY BRIN ACTIVE. I PLAN TO VISIT YOUR SITE DAILY. THANKS FOR ALL THE INFORMATION.

  3. Tori Deaux says:

    I love this one, Pas­cale… what a great idea for a teas­er! And thank you for the explanation/illustration of what parts of the brain are most like­ly to be stim­u­lat­ed.

  4. April says:

    I had all of the US proverbs except #6. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard that one before.…

    I actu­al­ly got two of the inter­na­tion­al proverbs right! I’m lean­ing toward pat­ting myself on the back, but I should prob­a­bly be telling myself to read more.

    Thanks!

  5. shady says:

    more excer­cise plz

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