In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: 10 common idioms. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.
|a piece of cake||something is very easy to complete
The Science test was a piece of cake.
|costs an arm and a leg||something is very expensive
Buying a Porsche costs an arm and a leg.
|break a leg||good luck
Break a leg at your job interview today.
|it’s raining cats and dogs||it’s raining a lot; very heavily
Wow! It’s raining cats and dogs now.
|hit the nail on the head||doing or saying something that is 100% correct
You hit the nail on the head when you said designer clothes are expensive.
|when pigs fly||something that will never happen
He will get married when pigs fly.
|you can’t judge a book by its cover||you can’t know what someone or something is like by only looking at the person’s or thing’s appearance
The book doesn’t look interesting, but you can’t judge a book by its cover.
|bite off more than you can chew||to try to do something that is too difficult for you
She may bite off more than she can chew by taking 5 classes this semester.
|scratch someone’s back||used to tell someone that if they help you, you will help them
If you scratch my back today, I will help you in the future.
|hit the books||to study
I have a Math test tomorrow so I need to hit the books now.
Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.
- Are idioms used in your language? If so, can you give me an example of one?
- Why is it important to learn idioms?
- Do you know other English idioms? If so, tell me them.
- Why are idioms difficult to learn?
- Do you “see red” when learning idioms?
- Do you like to learn idioms? Why or why not?
- Do you think some English learners can learn idioms easier than other learners? Why or why not?
- Why do you think idioms are used in movies and TV programs?
- Do you practice learning idioms? Why or why not?
- Pick 3 of the idioms in this lesson and use them in a sentence.