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Useful English Idioms and how to use them every day

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6 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. English Idioms Introduction

    • 2. Idioms Lesson 1

    • 3. Idioms Lesson 2

    • 4. Idioms Lesson 3

    • 5. Idioms Lesson 4

    • 6. Idioms Lesson 5

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Learn these 19 (not 15 as it says in the video introduction) popular English Idioms and how to use them every day with this short series of bite sized video lessons. Ideal for learning fluent, everyday English. Each video lesson talks about 3 or 4 of the idioms and explains exactly what they mean in a simple and concise way and uses them in an example sentence. Then its over to you for our class project as we bring you examples of more idioms and ask you to make your own sentences around these idioms.

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Peter Crooks

Learn English/Travel/Write/Earn


Hello, I`m Peter, an online teacher of English conversation, film maker, digital nomad and a proud Global Village advocate.

A native English speaker from the UK but now living in Bangkok, Thailand, I travelled around South East Asia for a couple of years during which time I was a voluntary teacher of English to both Adults and Children. I also have experience as a lecturer in Radio Skills in the UK and am a keen film maker, producing travel and cultural videos for my travel website and Learning to Speak English videos..

I am the holder of a 120 hour TEFL Certificate.

As a former radio broadcaster in the UK I have many years professional experience using English conversation in a relaxed and friendly manner. I also have acting experience on stage and in TV and film a... See full profile

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1. English Idioms Introduction: my guys beater here again on today, I'd like to talk about 15 useful English idioms on how to use them every day. So, first of all, what is an idiom? An idiom is a phrase made up of words that, when used together, form a different meaning to their little. For example, it's raining cats and dogs does not literally mean that cats and dogs are falling from the sky like raindrops, which will be terrifying and dangerous. It's a more emphatic way of expressing that it's raining very heavily, So here are 15 more useful English idiots on how to use. 2. Idioms Lesson 1: a piece off cake, also known as that was very easy. If this has your mouth watering, don't get too excited. We're not going to be talking about food with this idiom when someone tells you that something was a piece of cake, they're telling you how easy Waas be aware of how you express this because some people may perceive it as being cocky and overconfident. Example. This exam was a piece of cake for May. How was it for you? Next break A leg also known as good. Look, before you take this literally on, get mad at somebody for saying break a leg. Let me explain. Break a leg is actually a form off expression to tell someone Good look. Usually this is a common English idiom you would use right before someone goes up to perform or go through an important event, such as a public presentation example. Ready to get up on stage. Go break a leg on our next idiom. Pull yourself together, also known as Get yourself in order. Pulling yourself together means to get your life in order when you're a mess. Maybe you've been through a break up with your partner and you need to pull yourself together by getting back on the dating trade. Or you're just being a bit lazy about moving forward with a particular project. He is an example. We've got to finish this project by midnight tonight. Let's pull ourselves together and get this done properly next. Hang in there, also known as stay strong. Imagine hanging on by one arm at the end of the cliff, your hanging on for dear life to stay alive even as you feel yourself slipping when you or someone else is going through a rough patch, you can offer some words of encouragement by saying, Hang in there or stay strong. Here's an example. We just got one more mile left. You are already 99% of the way they're just hang in there. 3. Idioms Lesson 2: Okay, guys, he's another four idioms in this video class. We start with the 1st 1 No pain, no gay. Which means you have to work for what you want. An example is work hard and you'll pass the exams and another one poor someone's leg. This means to joke with someone. Andan example Here I was only pulling his leg when I said that he looked funny. The next one Speak off the devil on this means the person we were just talking about has just showed up on he is an example Speak of the devil he has filled. Coming now on the final one for this time. That's the last straw. In other words, my patience is running out on his an example. I told you that last time. This is the last straw. I'm not gonna tell you again. Okay, So more mediums coming up next time I see that 4. Idioms Lesson 3: next cut to the chase, also known as What's your point? Do you have a friend or family member who can't seem to stay on topic? They jumped from one story to another on They can never get to the point of the story itself. Thistles when you can tell someone to cook to the chase in a nice way, of course. Example. Okay, you've been talking for 30 minutes about the same topic cooked to the chase already. Next, Get over it. Also known as Forget about it and move on. Are you struggling to overcome a difficult past or experience, Whether it was from your childhood or a recent event, getting over, it is the best way to move on with your life. In other words, yet over it means to get over an obstacle that's in your way, in most cases, mentally example. So my friend Julie is really down. She's having terrible trouble over her break with Joe, next to feel under the weather, also known as not feeling too well. Feeling sick. Well, another way to express this is to tell someone you're feeling under the weather. It's hard to save. There is a literal translation to this. But you could say it's a more colorful way to say you're not feeling well example. Ever since we had that chicken at lunch, I've been feeling under the weather. 5. Idioms Lesson 4: next to cut corners, also known as taking a short court when he had visualized putting a corner. You can probably visualize it as reaching your destination faster instead of going all the way around. That's pretty much what this means. Instead of going the extra mile and giving your best effort, cutting the corner means taking a short court to your end goal. And he is an example. This is why we don't like to work with people from this department, all that department at this company. They're always cutting corners on making us look bad. Next 24 7 also known as always on there are 24 hours in a day on seven days in a week. In short, 24 7 means you're always on with Outbreak. Normally, it's an exaggerated form of expression. When someone's describing their work, schedule or lifestyle in literal terms, a convenience store could be referred to as being open 24 7 on he is an example. I'm in it to win it. That's why I'm training 24 7 to make sure I'm ready for the race. The next one is draw the line, also known as that's It ever bean in a situation when someone has taken it too far. Maybe we're in an argument. They bought a per sensitive topic that really got you frustrated. That's when you need to draw the line on stand up for yourself. This is, of course, an imaginary line that you draw between you and someone else to show that you won't take it anymore. And here's an example. All right, that's enough talk about my past. I'm drawing the line here. The next one is Go the extra mile, Also known as Doom, or than what is expected of you. This one is pretty self explanatory. Imagine a marathon runner who finished running a 25 mile race wants to run an extra mile and everyday situation. You can also go the extra mile with your project relationship or anything else by doing more than what's expected. And here's an example. I want to hire James because whenever we work together, he's always willing to go the extra mile to get things done. 6. Idioms Lesson 5: next one. The next medium isn't sleep on it. Also, loners, Let's talk about it after a good night's rest. Say you have a big decision to make, perhaps an investment or what job you going today? You're probably not going to want to make it on the spot or when you're not at the right state of mind. That's usually when you can tell yourself or someone else that you'll sleep on it. Basically, it means that you're going to think about it overnight. Make a more rational decision the next day on the example here. Okay, we've been talking for hours about this decision. We're all tired at this point, so why don't we just sleep on it, make a decision tomorrow. Next hit the nail on the head, also known as That's exactly right. Hitting the nail on the head means to precisely understand something that may not have Bean obvious before, Let's say, had trouble understanding a topic, but when a friend of yours explained it, you certainly understood it. That's what hitting the nail on the head means Andi. As always, he is an example. I couldn't quite understand what was wrong with me until I visited my family doctor. He hit the nail right on the head a soon as I saw him. The next idiom is bite off more than you can chew, also known as taking on way too much. Whenever you're overloaded with numerous projects or a busy schedule, you're commonly here. Native speakers say they bit off more than they could chew. It's a reference to when an animal is biting off more than they can actually eat, leaving unnecessary waste. And he is an example. I don't know about this, Harold. This is the third business you started in three months. Maybe you're biting off more than you can chew right now on. Here's a Final One For now, once in a blue movie, it's also known as a rare event. When a rare event happens, you refer to this as once in a blue moon. It's because of Blue Moon is an astronomical event that happens very infrequently. It 1st 2 full moons in one calendar months. And here's an example. You'll rarely see John coming into the office now, especially since he had his first child. But once in a blue moon, he has show up when he leaves suspected. There you go. 15 idioms that you can now use. Hope you enjoyed this video and I'll see you next time.