A slap on the wrist – English Idiom (w/ Video)

English idiom – A Slap on the Wrist In today’s English blog post I’ll explain the common English idiom A slap on the wrist. I’ll use some natural examples and we will discover the meaning together. This will make the expression easy to remember and simple to use in your own English conversations. Be sure to watch the video at …

Rats and Mice idioms (2020 The year of the Rat)

2020 is the year of the mouse / rat. In today’s post you will learn 10 rats and mice idioms. Poor as a church mouse As quiet as a mouse The best-laid plans of mice and men Play cat and mouse with (someone) When the cat’s away, the mice will play Mouse potato Rat race Smell a rat Like a …

10 Idioms with PIG (2019 – the year of the PIG)

1. Pig out(on something) – to eat too much of something at one time. 2. Eat like a pig – to eat a lot; to have a big appetite. 3. Make a pig of yourself – to eat a lot in a greedy or unpleasant way. 4. (A place) is a pigsty – a place is very dirty. 5. (be …

English Idiom – All over the place (10 examples)

English idiom – All over the place     By Source, Fair use, Link The World Cup is a big event! This year’s tournament will have 64 matches and they will be played in 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia. The matches will be played all over the country! Map from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup The English Idiom “All over the place” has 2 meanings …

Adverbs of Probability (+ an English Idiom)

In this English blog post, I want to teach you some helpful English that I taught to one of my private students here in Japan. The content of this post is from a real lesson, a natural conversation with some useful English grammar and expressions. Natural English, from a native speaking teacher is the best way to learn.  Video is …

2018 is the year of the DOG – Here are 4 idioms with "dog!"

Happy New Year! 2018 is the Year of the Dog In honor of the year of the dog let’s learn 4 English idioms with “dog!”(These are posts that I collected from my 2013 dog idiom series!) Let sleeping dogs lie This expression is used to advise against actions that might cause problems. If things are fine right now, we shouldn’t change them …

Everyday English – More idioms using the word "Dog"

Let sleeping dogs lie This expression is used to advise against actions that might cause problems. If things are fine right now, we shouldn’t change them if we think there is a danger that things may become worse. *The idea is that if a dog is sleeping and we wake him up, he may become angry. It’s better to let …

Heads up – English meaning

Heads up is a common expression in English. You may have heard it on a TV show or in a movie. It is usually used in 2 ways. 1. as a noun – an advance warning of something. Harry: “The boss is in a bad mood today so I would try to stay away from him.” Mike: “Thanks for the heads …

It’s the year of the sheep! 2 English – Idioms with sheep

2015 is the year of the sheep!In honor of this animal here are 2 English idioms that use the word SHEEP black sheep (of the family)= the worst member of a family or group.“Brenda is the black sheep of the family. She always gets in trouble with the police.”A: “My brother has been kicked out of school 3 times in …

New Years Idiom ~ Out with the old and in with the new

Out with the old and in with the new During New Years I often hear this expression. It means getting rid of your old ‘things‘ to make room for new things to come into your life. OUT – leaveIN – come ‘Things‘ don’t only mean belongings or material things. ‘Things‘ can also mean making room for new relationships, challenges, adventures, goals, …