By Alex Norman
What is an idiom?
An idiom is a commonly used expression, sometimes referred to as a ‘figure of speech’. With idioms, we can’t rely on the individual words to give us the meaning. An idiom has a different meaning to the literal meaning of the individual words.
Why do we use idioms?
We can use idioms to express ourselves in a more dynamic and creative way. They can add an element of complexity into our speech, and they are very common in English!
Let’s take a look at some examples...
|Over the |
|Very happy|| She must be over the moon |
that she passed her exam!
|Under the |
| Not feeling |
| I felt under the |
weather when I had a cold.
|The best |
| Something |
| The children thought their new |
bikes were the best thing since
|Piece of |
| Piece of cake|
To be very easy
| My driving test was|
a piece of cake.
Some of our fantastic students wrote about their experience at English Path using some of the idioms we discussed. Let’s take a look!
“Once I arrived in Leeds, I was on cloud 9. Settling in was hard work but I remembered to keep my chin up. When I finally attended English Path, finding my way around was a piece of cake. I’ve been on top of the world ever since I’ve been here.” - Kuwait
“.. I was a bit apprehensive about studying as it might not be a piece of cake, especially hearing oral speech but I had nothing to do but keep my chin up and get up and go” - Ukraine
“During my week at English Path I was on cloud 9. I really loved the friendly community here and supporting staff. Even though leaving my family and Kuwait was hard but every cloud has a silver lining” - Kuwait
“I tried to apply for internship as a project manager to some company in London, but they had no project for me to take, but as you know when one door closes another opens and I received mail from English Path that they got a space for me. News they would like to put me in group higher makes me feel fine and dandy.” - Ukraine
Seems like it was a piece of cake for these students! I’d say they’ve passed with flying colours.