English Idioms | ESL lessons to improve fluency
What you'll learn
- Learn some common idioms used in everyday speech
- Improve your comprehension and communication skills
- Learn to use the idioms in your own conversations by looking at the meaning and grammar behind them
- Look at some real-life examples of the idioms in use
- You'll need to have an intermediary grasp of the English language
If you’re learning English, you will have probably heard people using phrases that don’t always make sense.
You might have heard people say things like:
“He’s driving me nuts!”
“Your guess is as good as mine”
“I’ve had it up to here with you”
These phrases are known as idioms. Idioms exist in every language, but what are they?
An idiom is a phrase or an expression that does not make sense literally. Instead, it has a figurative meaning that is different from its literal meaning.
If somebody says, “He’s driving me nuts”, it does not mean that somebody is driving, and it has nothing to do with nuts!
In fact, “He’s driving me nuts” means “He is annoying me”.
Native speakers of English will naturally inherit idioms because they will have heard them growing up. However, if you are learning English as a second language and it is not your native language, idioms can be extremely difficult to understand.
This course is for non-native speakers of English who want to improve their comprehension skills. The course is taught entirely in English by Kieran Ball, a native British English speaker, and we’re going to look at the most useful idioms in English.
So, let’s crack on!
Who this course is for:
- This course is perfect for learners of English who want to increase their fluency and improve their comprehension skills
Hello, bonjour, hola, hallo, ciao and olá!
I’m Kieran and I’m a language tutor based in the UK, and I also create online courses and write books to make language learning accessible to all.
My books and online courses are based on the methodology I developed for teaching languages, which I've been using in all my classes for many years. The methodology will get you speaking quickly, without the struggle normally associated with language learning.
I have created three series of language courses available in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. They're called: '3 Minute Languages', 'Building Structures' and 'Quick Guides'.
I hope you enjoy, and "Happy Learning" :-)