Facts about teaching idioms

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.

Three idioms

In this video three idioms are presented, namely:

  1. out of the woods
  2. bed of roses
  3. have a green thumb

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1 Response

  1. Gold says:

    Idioms example may be:kicked the bucket off. Penny wise penny foolish

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