Birds of a feather flock together

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Birds of a feather flock together

Do you know anyone else just like you? Sometimes we see two people who act or look or even think alike. It happens often enough that we’ve even got some expressions in English for it! The next time you see two people who look a lot alike, you can tell them they’re like two peas in a pod. Or if you find yourself with two people who both have a great idea at the same time, you can tell them that great minds think alike. Listen to this episode to get some more explanations and examples of these expressions and others!

Maura Harp

Harp: Yeah, exactly. When you think about it, your friends have very similar tastes to you or often at least one or two things that you both like.
Maura: Right. So, this proverb does have some truth to it. Birds of a feather flock together, or, people who like the same things spend time with each other
Harp: And when you think of this expression, birds of a feather flock together, and you think about different communities in Canada, you can really see this working. For example, in most of the larger cities, you have Little India or Chinatown or Little Italy. People who have similar backgrounds or culture or language live around each other.
Maura: Right. And this is even true when you live abroad. I know that when I lived in Japan, I had a lot of friends who were also English-speaking people from other countries. So it’s also true for expats.
Harp: Definitely. If I think of my parents, they have a lot of Punjabi friends who live close by, because it’s easier to speak in Punjabi for them than English.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

You don’t know what you’re missing Birds of a feather flock together
To be drawn to something or someone To have some truth to it
Chinatown and other communities An expat
A tearjerker To bawl
To be like two peas in a pod To grow apart
Great minds think alike And fools never differ
To get on the road To play out

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo: National Geographic

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