This time I want to cover a very peculiar theme concerning any additional language we may study: the idioms. But what are these?
An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative or literal meaning.
Idioms occur frequently in all languages. It is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand (yeah, 25.000!) idiomatic expressions in the English language. Read more here.
So is there a way to familiarize with at least a good number of idioms?
The answer is YES! 😉
Here are some options of useful resources:
Exercises, Apps and Games:
- Cambridge Idioms Dictionary (app)
- Idiom Game Quiz (app, game)
- Memory Game I (credits to teacher Bruno Liza)
- Memory Game II (credits to teacher Bruno Liza)
- Memory Game III (credits to teacher Lucía Alda)
- Exercise I (credits to teacher Lucía Alda)
Watch this 15 second video showing how idioms are part of a natural conversation:
Transcript (together with teacher José Celso Barbosa Filho. Special thanks!):
Woman: “What in the devil did you do to him?”
Man: I just gave him a taste of his own medicine. I don’t think he’ll be bothering you again.”
For more reading and resources, access this post! 🙂
So, do you know any other tool to learn idioms and would like to share? Leave your suggestions in the comments, please!