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How to use these school idioms:

Bookworm: “Chase spent all day in the library revising for the big exam. He’s turned into such a bookworm!”
Brainstorm: “The marketing team sat down for a brainstorm as they need some new ideas for their next campaign.”
Copycat: “Hazel was accused of being a copycat when the teacher saw her looking at Rob’s exam answers.”
Hit the books: “Jonas hit the books when he realized that he had a very important exam the next day.”
Pass with flying colors: “Julian was uncertain about the important exam even though his teacher told him that he would pass with flying colors!”
Skip class: “Martin was tempted to skip class because his next lesson involved a difficult maths test.”
Dropout: “Mike studied extra hard for his exams because he did not want to be a high school dropout.”
Teacher’s pet: “Candida didn’t mind being the teacher’s pet because she always got good grades.””



How to use these animal idioms:

Balance the books: “After buying a new bike, Thomas had to work some extra hours in order to balance the books.”
Bring home the bacon: “Anna took another job so she could bring home the bacon.”
Go Dutch: “Matthew and Hazel go dutch when they eat out. They split the bill.”
Gravy train: “Ian got a big bonus for his brief consulting job. He’s really on the gravy train!”
Nest egg: “Leo’s nest egg meant that he was able to put down the deposit on his new house.”
Cook the books: “Sam had to lie and cook the books to make the accountant think his business was making money.”
Golden handshake: Ross was given a golden handshake by his ex-employers after he retired from his work.
Cheapskate: “Thomas did not want to spend $5 on flowers for his mother. What acheapskate!”



How to use these love idioms:

Double date: “Hazel and Matthew went on a double date with John and Mary to their local Italian restaurant.”
Match made in heaven: “Balint and Nora are really well suited. They are a match made in heaven.”
On the rocks: “Philippa and David are not talking to each other. I think their relationship ison the rocks.”
Puppy love “I had my first girlfriend when I was 12. It was just puppy love.”
Head over heels: “I have never seen Andre so happy. He is head over heels in love with his new girlfriend.”
Lovey-dovey: “Mary and Tony are always holding hands and kissing in public. They are solovey-dovey.”
Love rat: “Mik had an affair with his wife’s best friend. He is such a love rat.”
Have the hots: “I have the hots for my neighbor. I am going to ask them out on a date”



How to use these happiness idioms:

Having a whale of a time: “Tatiana was having a whale of a time when celebrating her birthday at work!”
On cloud nine: “Tony was on cloud nine when he managed to get tickets to see his favorite band.”
Tickled pink: “Candida was tickled pink when she won tickets to her see her favorite hockey team!”
On top of the world: “Hazel was on top of the world after learning of her promotion!”
Happy as a clam: “Iona was as happy as a clam when her boyfriend proposed to her!”
Buzzing: “Ben was buzzing when his favorite basketball team won the league!”
Over the moon: “Helena was over the moon when she discovered that she passed all of her exams!”
In seventh heaven: “Rachel was in seventh heaven when she got a new job, which paid a much larger salary!”



How to use these food idioms:

Egg head: “Julian passed all of this exams. He is such an egg head!”
Big cheese: “Tony is the boss of the whole sales and marketing department. He is a big cheese.”
Couch potato: “Hazel is such a couch potato. She just sits around all day watching television!”
Tough cookie: “Robert ran the race even though he was injured. He is a real tough cookie!”
Top banana: “Morag is the captain of the netball team. She is the top banana!”
Bad apple: “Mik is a real bad apple. He always causes trouble at work.”
Sour grapes: “Barry said that Mike’s hat was silly. It’s just sour grapes!”
Lemon law: “Rachel bought a car that broke down straight away! Luckily she was protected by lemon law.”



How to use these colour idioms:

Green thumb: “Robert is an expert gardener. Everyone says he has a green thumb!”
Yellow-bellied: “Billy was called yellow-bellied after he was too scared to go on the rollercoaster.”
Pink slip: “Mik was devastated to lose his job after his boss gave him a pink slip.”
White elephant: “Planners said the sports stadium would become a white elephant after the tournament was finished.”
Golden opportunity: “Tony had a golden opportunity to win the chess tournament after the favorite was beaten.”
Red tape: “Daniela was unable to get her visa application approved due to red tape.”
Silver screen: “Matteo went to Hollywood so he could see the stars of the silver screen.”
Blue collar: “Hank was much happier doing blue collar work compared to his office job.”



How to use these body idioms:

All ears: “I cannot wait to hear what you have to say. I am all ears!”
Cold shoulder: “Steve would not take to James after their argument. He has given him thecold shoulder.”
Itchy feet: “Julie could not wait to go on her travels. She has itchy feet!”
Long arm of the law: “Tony was caught by the police for speeding. He could not escape the long arm of the law.”
Old hand: “Shirley has been with the bakery for a long time. She is an old hand at making cakes.”
Sweet tooth: “I bought John a big box of chocolates for his birthday. He has such a sweet tooth!”
Elbow room: “I did not like working in that cramped office. There was not enough elbow room!”
Eye-catching: “Did you see Candida in her pink dress? She is very eye-catching!”



idioms 4you

This useful page  has been made by the Canadian  Robert Ross,  an EFL Blended Learning Specialist an a teacher for many years. It has hundreds of idioms organised in  alphabetical order.

Each idiom contains not only the explanation with audio but also different scenarios where it is used. Apart from that, it is animated with lovely pictures that help to understand the meaning.

Really great and totally recommended.

Even you have very useful  videos from films where idioms are shown with quizzes to learn.- Have a look to VIDEO IDIOMS

If you click on the letter you will directly go to the list of the most common idioms beginning with that letter




























Learning english with Mr Duncan: “The word stop”

the word stop 2 Misterduncan  is the most viewed English teacher on you tube – over 55 millions views-

Splendid british pronunciation and clear examples about many different things . Today I present you a good way of expanding your vocabulary.

This is “the word stop” with a very clear explanation of a word with interesting examples and synonimes.

1.- ample

4.- abhorrent

7.- archaic

10.- atrocious

13.- bolster


19.- brasen

22.- censor

25.- chaos

28.- controversy

31.- derange

34.-deft / divulge

37.- dilemma/ dabble

40.- dilemma

40.- slack

2- abide

5.- anonymous

8.- altruism

11.- banal

14.- brag

17.- baffle

20.- buffer

23.- contradict

26.- cease

29.- catastrophe

32.- diatribe-deja vu

35.-dubious / dither

38.- dilute / drone

41.- administer

3- antagonise

6.- ambiguous

9.- abate


15.- bereave

18.- bigot

21.- command

24.- curt

27.- cram

30.- coincidence

33 dissect/ dignitary

36.- delicate / dread

39.- negotiate

42.- twist



detail englishThis page was much better before because there were lots of materials you could download but now it is not the same . Even if the links are still there , they don’t work. I suppose something related with copyrights.

Anyway, you have really  interesting  video lessons for all levels: basic, medium and high as you can see below.

At the bottonm of the page, specially for children you have the well known series: magic english, the triplets and sesame street 

  LEARN ENGLISH IDIOMSdetail englisl12

These 2 minutes  short and funny videos are excellent to explain idioms and learn english at the same time.

For medium and high level There are more than 60 popular english idioms , ex: against the clock, made my day, as cool as a cucumber, born with a silver spoon…and many more short and amusing ones.

 POD ENGLISHdetail english5

 A good well done collection of 80 videos of about 5 minutes each to learn english. Each lesson is divided into 3 sections: Watch, learn and try with study points at the beginning and review points at the end. For begginers and medium levels

Study points to present the key points to learn in the lesson. In the watch lesson you will watch a short movie. The learn section  to learn new vocabulary and grammar. The try section to practice. Review points to check and have a complete review.

It’s another good choice!!!

MR DUNCANdetail english4

Have you ever heard about Mr Duncan?  Here he is  with 50 fantastic lessons  of about 6/ 7 minutes . These videos with great  special effects are really fantastic.

They have also subtitles which is interesting. Medium level

 CONFUSED WORDSdetail english8

20 videos of about 5 minutes each  to explain clearly some  confused words like: advice/advise – Although/even though – bored/boring – during/while – here/hear – say/tell – see/look/watch – speak/talk/say/tell – so/such – to/too/two – They’re/there/their – who’s/whose – want/would like – you’re/your – bring/take – befor/ago – live/live – by/buy/bi/bye

 EFU VIDEOSdetail english3

EFU videos has 30 basic lessons with 5-6 or 7 parts each lesson. For elementary levels.

They are not the funniest videos but depending on yourself, you can find them interesting or not.

 LEARN ENGLISH VIDEOSdetail english9

 Another  good  collection of  more than 80 videos of about 5 /7 minutes each to learn english. Divided into 5 units: Routines, permission, shopping, directions, talking about the past . Plus 2 more: some new units and english converssation. Each unit is divided into 13 parts. with a good  video quality they are short conversations about different aspects and videos with time to review, practise and more. For starting/medium levels. Good ones.

 ENGLISH BETA CLIPSdetail english10

 A collection of 12 dialogues presented like comics and 22 units showing daily situations in conversations with review points at the end. Quite interesting for beginners or medium levels

  FUNNY ENGLISH VIDEOSdetail english7

7  short and hilarious  videos just for fun. I specilly like the 2 first ones. 

detail english6 REAL ENGLISH
And what about this good collection of “real english” videos? They are real interviews  related with different apects of english.

From number 1 to 9 They are appropiate for begginers. From 10 to 47 for medium level. From 48 to 83 for higher levels.

After the short interview, there is a part with closed captions for better comprehension. In total about 4/5 minutes.. Here the relation of topics:

1 Hi ! 2 Where are you from ? 3 alphabet
4 favourite color 5 nationality 6 introductions
7 zodiac 8 how old are you 9 what time is it ?
8d dates 10 Jones family 11 are you married ?
13a Americans 14a British 12 the weather
13b Americans 14b British 15 what can you do
16a French 17 Italians 18 Germans
19 directions 20 going to a place 21 introduction to do
22 continental airlines 23a what have you got ? 24a what do you do ?
25 Scottish and English 23b what have you got ? 24b what’s your job ?
26 time and frequency 27a Do for fun 27b Do for fun
28 music and movies 29 like to do 30 like to do
31 how long does it take 32a where do you live ? 32b where do you live ?
34 introduction to doing 35 what are tey doing ? 36 american dream
37 what are you doing ? 38 are you wearing ? 39 comparatives – superl.
40 going to 42 was were 43 did marty
44 on Saturday night 46 did yesterday 47 used to do
48 present perfect 49 Sophia sings 50 maira and roberta
51 have done – did 52 present perfect 53 the messenger
54 coincidence 55 women 57 present perfect
59 second conditional 60 homeless in florida 61 christina and karen
66 dorothy 68 the best year 69a topical clip
69b achieve 76 homeless in florida 77 one way love
78 love gets me every. 86 colonel Roberts 80 second language
81a second language 82a second language 80b second language
81b second language 82b second language 83 second language

THE TRIPLETSdetail english2

MAGIC ENGLISHdetail english12

ATTENTION !Not all of them work because of the copyright.

SESAME STREETdetail english13

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