Idioms in English Eve Tamela ICC-523 Midterm Project
This Lesson At the end of this lesson, you will be able to: describe what an idiom is in English; give the meanings of at least three commonly used English language idioms.
What is an idiom? An idiom is a group of words with a special meaning which is different from the meanings of the separate words.
For example, to break the ice with someone does not mean to chop ice into pieces ! It means getting over any initial embarrassment or shyness when you meet someone for the first time and start conversing.
Some Common Idioms Ants in his pants = Nervous excitement Kick the bucket = To die Let the cat out of the bag = To tell a secret See red = To become very angry Pulling a leg = To joke with someone Take the bull by the horns = To deal with a problem directly
When you take the bull by the horns, you deal with problems directly. Can you can guess the meaning of these common English idioms ? True False
Can you can guess the meaning of these common English idioms ? When you are very angry, you kick the bucket. True False
Can you can guess the meaning of these common English idioms ? When you let the cat out of the bag, you are able to keep secrets. True False
N When you take the bull by the horns, you like to deal directly with a problem.
When someone kicks the bucket that means they have died. N
When you let the cat out of the bag it means you cannot keep a secret. N
Which idiom is it? Click on the idiom to replace the expression in the brackets. footloose and fancy free pulling my leg getting his feet wet My uncle was [joking around] when he said that he had won a large amount of money. landing on his feet No Yes No No
Which idiom is it? Click on the idiom to replace the expression in the brackets. a cold fish ants in his pants the world as his oyster No Yes a snail’s pace No No The little boy was sitting in the office with [nervous excitement].
Resources Using English website: http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/break+the+ice.html ESL Resource Center website: http://eslus.com/LESSONS/VOCAB/VOCAB.HTM Pictures courtesy of Fotosearch & Clip Art websites: http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/breaking-ice.html http://www.clipartof.com/gallery/clipart/tipping_hat.html The Idiom Connection website: http://www.idiomconnection.com/legfoot.html#BQ