An important part of becoming a fluent, natural sounding English speaker is learning idioms. Have you heard of idioms?
What is an idiom?
AN idiom is a group of words that we use together to express something. The difficult part about idioms is the meaning can be very different from the actual individual words themselves. You could also call them ‘expressions’.
There are so many idioms and it can be overwhelming to think of how many there are to learn! (*Overwhelming means a very large amount).
BUT, I suggest you just try to focus on a few idioms that are most commonly used in day to day conversation.
In this lesson I teach you eight of the most highly used idioms in conversation.
**Keep watching until the end of the video for the question and answer exercise. Practice your English with me by answering the questions. You can first speak your questions out aloud, then write down some sentences.
In the video lesson, you’ll learn the idioms below and how to use them;
1. To have a lot on your plate
2. Back to the drawing board
3. To bite off more than you can chew
4. To kill two birds with one stone
5. To (not) see eye to eye
6. To take something with a grain of salt
7. Once in a blue moon
8. To be on the ball
CONVERSATION PRACTICE QUESTIONS
- When was the last time you had a lot on your plate?
- Can you remember a time when you had to go back to the drawing board?
- Think about a time when you bit off more than you could chew
- When was the last time you killed two birds with one stone? (Achieved two things at the same time)
- Tell me about someone you don’t see eye to eye with
- Who / What do you think we should take with a grain of salt?
- What is something you only do once in a blue moon?
- Can you think of a time when you had to really be on the ball?
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