10 Common Idioms in English and How to Use Them Correctly
Hello, my dear English learners! Today, I want to talk to you about a topic that can be a little tricky for non-native speakers: idioms. Idioms are expressions that have a figurative meaning that is different from their literal meaning. They are used all the time in English conversation, and if you're not familiar with them, they can be quite confusing. In this article, I want to share with you 10 common idioms in English and how to use them correctly. These idioms are used in everyday conversation, and if you can learn how to use them, you will sound more natural and fluent in English. 1. A Piece of Cake This idiom means that something is very easy. For example, "That math test was a piece of cake." 2. Break a Leg This idiom is used to wish someone good luck, especially before a performance or presentation. For example, "Break a leg on your big presentation tomorrow!" 3. Hit the Nail on the Head This idiom means to be exactly right about something. For example, "You hit the nail on the head with that suggestion." 4. Under the Weather This idiom means that someone is feeling sick or unwell. For example, "I can't come into work today, I'm feeling a little under the weather." 5. Once in a Blue Moon This idiom means that something happens very rarely. For example, "I only see my old high school friends once in a blue moon." 6. Piece of Mind This idiom means to say something that you've been thinking about for a while, in order to get it off your chest. For example, "I finally gave my boss a piece of my mind about how he's been treating me." 7. On the Ball This idiom means that someone is alert and quick to react. For example, "She's always on the ball when it comes to solving problems." 8. A Dime a Dozen This idiom means that something is very common or easy to find. For example, "Those cheap knockoff purses are a dime a dozen." 9. Bite the Bullet This idiom means to face a difficult or unpleasant situation with courage. For example, "I know it's going to be tough, but we just have to bite the bullet and get through it." 10. The Ball is in Your Court This idiom means that it's someone else's turn to take action or make a decision. For example, "I've given you all the information you need, now the ball is in your court." Now that you've learned these 10 common idioms, how can you start using them in your own conversations? The best way to learn idioms is to practice using them in context. Try to use these idioms in conversations with native speakers, or practice writing sentences or short paragraphs using them. You can also read books, watch movies or TV shows, and listen to English podcasts to hear idioms being used in natural contexts. Remember, idioms are an important part of English conversation, and learning how to use them correctly can help you sound more natural and fluent. So don't be afraid to give them a try!
English Idiom: “Steer Clear”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiBNlMg6pdc Hello my friends non-native English speakers! Today we’re going to look at the following English idiom: STEER CLEAR and how to use it in your daily English conversations. So, first of all let’s do some Google search to validate this English expression and make sure that it actually exists. To accomplish that, we just need to enter the phrase STEER CLEAR into the Google search bar in quotation marks (it’s very important!) and hit “Enter”: As you can see, there are more than 6 million search results returned containing the phrase STEER CLEAR which means it’s a very valid English expression. Next, have a look at the top search results: (more…)
English Idiomatic Expression: “Couldn’t Put My Finger On It”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD5vuw0kXKU Hello my fellow foreign English speaker! Today’s English idiomatic expression is a real idiom which means you actually have to know what it means or else you won’t know how to use it and you’ll have a hard time understanding what another English speaker means when they say things like “Yes, there’s something weird about the place but I can’t really put my finger on it…” Well… It’s not that it would be impossible to infer the meaning of this expression out of the context alone – in fact, I’ve always been encouraging you guys to acquire new vocabulary and phraseology contextually. It’s just that this particular expression is figurative speech and you have to imagine performing the actual activity – putting your finger onto something – in order to fully understand why this phrase is used. (more…)