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Test your memory and reasoning skills with these American and international proverbs

Temporal lobe Frontal LobeMem­o­ry relies most­ly on tem­po­ral (see green area, in image to the left) and frontal (in red) areas of the brain. These 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. The frog does not ____________ the pond in which he __________.

Inter­na­tion­al proverbs

1. Write injuries in sand, kind­ness­es in ____________.  (France)
2. A closed mouth catch­es no _____________ .  (France)
3. Appetite comes with _______________ .  (France)
4. If you are look­ing for a fly in your food it means that you are ___________. (South Africa)
5. Behold the igua­na puff­ing itself out to make itself a ____________.  (South Africa)
6. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the ___________. (Greece)
7. 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. The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

Inter­na­tion­al proverbs

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

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Pascale MichelonPas­cale Mich­e­lon, PhD, is a sci­en­tist, edu­ca­tor, and con­tribut­ing author to The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age.

For more fun cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion, try these Top 25 Brain Teasers, Games & Illu­sions for Adults.

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