The English language is full of idioms and slang expressions—about 25,000 of them. It can be difficult for English learners to understand and use them correctly. However, once you get the hang of them, you’ll sound a lot more like a native speaker! Here’s a roundup of three past blog posts explaining popular English idioms.
Hit the Books: Idioms Every English Learner Should Know
Check out this blog for explanations of popular phrases like “feeling under the weather.” You can also learn about some gun-themed sayings that are popular in American English, including:
– Straight shooter
– Shot in the dark
– Loose cannon
– On target
Historical Idioms: Common English Expressions and What They Mean
A lot of English idioms come from the life and language usage popular hundreds of years ago. For example, “hauling someone over the coals” was a literal punishment in medieval times, but now it just means “to give a heavy scolding.” Read this blog for explanations of old idioms that are still relevant today, including:
– At the drop of a hat
– An arm and a leg
– Bite off more than you can chew
– Don’t cry over spilled milk
– Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
– Kill two birds with one stone
Idiom Test: Can You Guess the Meanings of Common Idioms?
After reading up on all these English idioms, take our quiz to discover how many you really understand! Answers are provided, but here’s a sneak peek to help you study ahead of time:
– Couch potato
– Piece of cake
– Break a leg
– Bite the bullet
– Off the hook
– Spill the beans
The important thing is not to get frustrated by English idioms. Whether you master this whole list or only one phrase, you’re still working toward your goal of speaking better English than you did the day before!