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.
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (3,162 ratings)
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50 English Phrases, Idioms, and Expressions for ESL Students
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (3,162 ratings)
47,026 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

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
4 sections • 29 lectures • 1h 7m total length
  • Welcome!
    01:15
  • 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
  • Practice and review the phrases
    10 questions
  • 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
  • Practice and review the idioms
    10 questions
  • 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
  • Practice and review the expressions
    10 questions

Instructor
English as a Second Language Teacher
Shayna Oliveira
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 6,048 Reviews
  • 62,814 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.