Idioms are expressions or phrases in a language that have a figurative meaning different from the literal interpretation of the words.
“kick the bucket” is an English idiom meaning to die.
“A piece of cake” means something is very easy to do.
During this lesson, you will learn about about a variety of idioms that you can use at work .
Make pairs and try and check what these words mean
Since there are a lot of idioms, we are going to focus on the 20 most common ones.
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Task: Let’s Learn about Idioms Together
Make pairs and try to figure out what these 20 idioms mean
These are the idioms that we are going to study today
|On the Same Page
|When pigs fly
|Up in the Air
|Go For Broke
|It’s not Rocket Science
|Throw in the Towel
|Bite the Bullet
|Piece of Cake
|Under the Weather
|Put the Cards on the Table
|Barking up the Wrong Tree
|On the Same Boat
|The Elephant in the Room
|Excuse My French
|Hold your horses
|My Hands are Tied
|On the Fence
|The Upper Hand
|Put all the Eggs in one Basket
You can see the different idioms by checking these interactive cards
Task: Meaning of Most Common Idioms
Match the Idioms with their corresponding meaning.
To make this task communicative:
- Student #1 reads the sentences and and students #2 looks for the idiom.
- Use expressions such as ”I think that description refers to”
- Student #1 confirms the response by saying “I agree with your response” or “I don’t agree with your response”
Task: Turn Phrases into Idioms
Read the phrases and turn them into idioms.
|I feel a bit sick
|Turned into an idiom
|I am under the weather
Make pairs and create a dialogue that includes three of the idioms studied today in class
Jose: Hi, I wanted to ask you a couple of questions
Jose: Will you hire one more engineer?
Manuel: I don`t know, that is still up in the air
Jose: Do you understand that completing this project with one engineer is an uphill battle?
Manuel: I am aware of that
Jose: Excuse my French but taking this project under these circumstances was a fucking terrible idea.
Manuel: I know, we are doing the best we can
Do this in case you want to practice a bit more