Facts about teaching idioms
The English language has thousands of idioms. Being a fluent English speaker entails being able to understand and use English idioms.
Facts about idioms
These are some facts about idioms (source: Wikipedia)
- Although some idioms may have a universal dimension, idioms are first and foremost local, pertaining to the target language culture.
- idioms are not generally translatable
- People also have a natural tendency to over exaggerate what they mean sometimes, also giving birth to new idioms by accident.
- Many idiomatic expressions are based upon conceptual metaphors. (cf kick the bucket, face the music, keep a civic tong, learn by heart…)
- an idiom is an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual grammatical rules of a language or from the usual meanings of its constituent elements. They don’t really mean what they literally suggest. They have a hidden meaning.
- Unlike many other aspects of language, an idiom does not readily change as time passes. They rarely change structure or meaning.
In this video three idioms are presented, namely:
- out of the woods
- bed of roses
- have a green thumb