50 English Phrases, Idioms, and Expressions for ESL Students
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50 English Phrases, Idioms, and Expressions for ESL Students

Learn idioms and expressions in spoken English with clear and easy-to-understand explanations of each phrase.
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Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
19,389 students enrolled
Created by Shayna Oliveira
Last updated 11/2017
English
Price: Free
This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 28 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • Understand English phrases and how they are used in daily life
  • Understand idioms that native English speakers use

  • Understand informal expressions used in spoken English

Requirements
  • You should already be able to read and understand English at least at the pre-intermediate level
Description

Do you want to learn the informal expressions that native English speakers use in everyday life? This course will teach you 50 idioms and phrases, with clear and easy-to-understand explanations and examples.

The English language has a lot of idiomatic expressions - phrases whose meanings are not obvious from the individual words - such as think outside the box (think creatively) or let the cat out of the bag (reveal a secret).

These expressions can be confusing to English as a Second Language learners, making it harder to understand movies, TV shows, and native speakers' informal conversations.

In this free course, you'll learn 50 idioms & expressions quickly and easily. Each short video explains the phrases and gives examples, and you can check the transcript in order to understand every word!

Who this course is for:
  • Intermediate to advanced-level English learners
  • Students interested in informal spoken English
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 01:07:40
+ Practical English phrases
9 lectures 25:19
Could I have a word with you? / Do you have a moment?
03:06
Make yourself at home / Help yourself / Suit Yourself
03:07
Having second thoughts / On second thought...
02:55
I give you my word / I'll take your word for it
02:36
Out of shape / In bad or good shape
03:20
Have the time of your life / Have a blast / Have a good time
02:01
On the right/wrong track / Get back on track
03:03
I have no clue / Totally clueless
02:16
It's a long story / Long story short
02:55

Choose the correct word to complete each phrase!

Practice and review the phrases
10 questions
+ Idioms in English
9 lectures 20:43
Set the record straight / Have a great track record
02:45
Get a head start / Get the ball rolling
02:38
Look on the bright side / A blessing in disguise
02:24
Out of the blue / Out of nowhere
02:00
Play it by ear / Play it safe
02:48
Put your foot down / The last straw
02:29
In over my head / Bite off more than you can chew
01:50
A game plan / Ahead of the game
01:32
Off the beaten path / In the middle of nowhere
02:17

Choose the correct word to complete each idiom!

Practice and review the idioms
10 questions
+ Interesting English expressions
10 lectures 20:23
Keep an eye on / Keep an eye out for
02:27
I couldn't care less / Who cares?
02:09
Have your heart set on something
01:14
Get it over with / Get over it
02:08
Steer clear of something
01:50
Have (got) what it takes
02:35
It's none of your business / Mind your own business
02:02
Deep down / A deep, dark secret
01:48
It's an acquired taste / It grew on me
02:05
Last resort / See the last of something
02:05

Choose the correct word to complete each expression!

Practice and review the expressions
10 questions