Access Proverbs from around the World with iPhone apps

By Marlon Votta - Aug 6, 2011

Make use of those old-fashioned sayings and proverbs from all around the world with iPhone applications. Find out the meanings behind certain phrases and strange proverbs that are still used today. From wise old Chinese, Japanese, Latin and Bible sayings to famous quotes used in the English language. You can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink, too many cooks spoil the broth, all roads lead to Rome and don’t judge a book by its cover. These are just a few I have heard in the past and some have useful insightful meanings. There are many proverbs that stand the test of time. We thought it would be a good idea to show you a few proverb applications compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

English Proverbs 1 by MyAppBuilder is available for $0.99 through the iTunes App Store. This application will give you an understanding of the proverb itself and the meaning behind it, including alternative meanings. For example, a big tree attracts the woodsman’s axe. Meaning: Great people will attract great criticism and a bad penny always turns up. Meaning: Your mistakes will come back to haunt you. Alternatively, bad people will always return. English Proverbs 1 is a great app for finding out the definition to some great sayings.

Ultim8 Chinese Proverbs Late by Ultim8 Soft is a free application available at the App Store. With 175 handpicked and revised Chinese proverbs, you can navigate through proverbs and access them randomly. Gain access to some strange and insightful sayings such as, one cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked and a spark can start a fire that burns the entire prairie. Using this app, you will be able to learn words of ancient Chinese wisdom and send them to your friends using email or share your favorite ones on Facebook and Twitter.

Japanese proverb dictionary by AVATAR is accessible at the App Store for $0.99. A proverb comes from the Latin word proverbial. This is a simple saying popularly known and repeated, which expresses a truth, based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. If a proverb is distinguished by particularly good phrasing, it may be known as an aphorism. This application will give you information on the uses of Japanese proverbs since they were first spoken.

Latin Proverbs by Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is $1.99 available at the App Store. This application will give you the opportunity to enjoy proverbs from the Old World to the New Testament in English and Latin. Containing 1,188 proverbs, sayings, and mottoes from ancient to modern times you can browse by subjects, authors or works. Access proverbs by Julius Caesar, St. Augustine, Theodore Roosevelt, Vergil and many more. There is also selected works include quotations from: the Aeneid, Seneca’s Epistles, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the Odes of Horace, Vulgate Latin versions of both Old and New Testaments

Famous Proverbs by Ronald Bell is a free application available through the iTunes App Store. With this app, you can view collections of hundreds of famous proverbs which most native English speakers are familiar with. With sayings like, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and When in Rome, do as the Romans do. There are many more to choose from so you can find many uses in different situations to express a thought using a proverb.

Proverbs can sometimes help you if you are indecisive, lost or need the help of common sense. You may want to write something in a card or return a joke with a witty one-liner. Use iPhone apps to express the words you are thinking through proverbs and if it takes you time to return a phrase “Better late than never.”

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