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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43,193 students
50 English Phrases, Idioms, and Expressions for ESL Students
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (2,728 ratings)
43,193 students
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


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

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
4 sections • 29 lectures • 1h 7m total length
  • Welcome!
  • Could I have a word with you? / Do you have a moment?
  • Make yourself at home / Help yourself / Suit Yourself
  • Having second thoughts / On second thought...
  • I give you my word / I'll take your word for it
  • Out of shape / In bad or good shape
  • Have the time of your life / Have a blast / Have a good time
  • On the right/wrong track / Get back on track
  • I have no clue / Totally clueless
  • It's a long story / Long story short
  • Practice and review the phrases
  • Set the record straight / Have a great track record
  • Get a head start / Get the ball rolling
  • Look on the bright side / A blessing in disguise
  • Out of the blue / Out of nowhere
  • Play it by ear / Play it safe
  • Put your foot down / The last straw
  • In over my head / Bite off more than you can chew
  • A game plan / Ahead of the game
  • Off the beaten path / In the middle of nowhere
  • Practice and review the idioms
  • Keep an eye on / Keep an eye out for
  • I couldn't care less / Who cares?
  • Have your heart set on something
  • Get it over with / Get over it
  • Steer clear of something
  • Have (got) what it takes
  • It's none of your business / Mind your own business
  • Deep down / A deep, dark secret
  • It's an acquired taste / It grew on me
  • Last resort / See the last of something
  • Practice and review the expressions

English as a Second Language Teacher
Shayna Oliveira
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  • 57,832 Students
  • 3 Courses

Shayna is originally from the United States, and she currently lives in Brazil, where she works as an English teacher and translator.

She has a CELTA certification to teach English to adults and several years of teaching experience in both group and private classes. Shayna also runs a popular English-learning website for ESL students.