Monday, August 22, 2011

Itching for Idioms (Part I)

A frequent question by English Users is:

Aside from grammar and pronunciation, what else do I need to learn to acquire the full skills of a native speaker?

The answer is simple: learn, study and use idioms as much as possible.

In fact, you should be itching (having a strong desire) for idioms. So today, we'll provide with a few:

1. A Blessing In Disguise:
Something good that isn't recognized at first.

2. Bend Over Backwards:
Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything.

3. Don't count your chickens before they hatch:
Don't rely on it until your sure of it.

4. Feeding Frenzy:
An aggressive attack on someone by a group.

5. Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed:
Someone who is having a horrible day.

6. He Lost His Head / She Lost Her Head:
Angry and overcome by emotions.

7. It Takes Two To Tango:
A two person situation where both people are at fault, although it doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing they're doing together.

8. Let Bygones Be Bygones:
To forget about a disagreement or argument.

9. Make No Bones About:
To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.

10. Pass The Buck:
Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.


Now, if you're still itching, try the following. Google any of these idioms, making sure that you put "parentheses on both sides of the expression". Hit ENTER and see for yourself how these idioms are used in the real world of English.

You might have to get passed the DICTIONARY examples, but after that you will find them used in sentences, titles of articles, quotes and in all other sorts of way.

Good luck and have fun!

And remember, it takes two to tango. So practice your English with someone. It's twice the fun! So, why not call PLS and find a course to suit your needs?

In the meantime, enjoy this classic from classic Hollywood superstar Dean Martin singing the song: "Takes Two to Tango".

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