English Idiom - Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Today's idiom is you can’t teach an old dog new tricks

We use this to describe someone who is not open to change or improvement. This kind of person usually doesn’t want to learn a better way to do something and is very stubborn, so we are comparing them to an "old dog" who doesn't want to learn "new tricks"! 🐶

In contrast, some people say "you're never too old to learn!" Which expression do you agree the most with?

Check out the examples below!

 

 

Examples

Mr. Gonzalez had been taking attendance on paper for 30 years and he refused to start using a computer.  Like they say, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

We tried to teach our grandmother how to use her iPhone, but it was nearly impossible! I guess you really can’t teach and old dog new tricks.

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