English Idioms – Sweating Buckets

Today’s idiom is “sweating buckets” and I have been sweating buckets since the beginning of June. Maybe you can imagine already that this idiom means to sweat a lot. Buckets can be used to collect water, and often in an emergency. When a boat (a small boat) is filling with water this is a problem, the boat could sink. We …

English idioms – A walk in the park

Yesterday we learned how to use the word walk as a noun and a verb. Today let’s learn the idiom  A walk in the park Look at the following example sentence: “I was never very good at sports in high school but my brother played rugby and hockey and won many trophies. Athletics were hard for me but a walk in …

3 English idioms with BALL

In honor of the 2014 World Cup let’s learn 3 idioms that use the word… BALL! To get the ball rolling. = To get something started. “I hoped that meeting with the senior mangers would get the ball rolling, but the new project still hasn’t started.” To keep your eye on the ball. = To remain alert. “In business you need to keep your eye on …

English idiom – Around the corner

The Wold Cup starts on Thursday June 12th in Sao Paulo. 4 more days from today!  The World Cup is just around the corner! Around the corner is today’s English idiom. Can you imagine the meaning?  Look at the sentence from above one more time. The World Cup is just around the corner! The world cup will start in 4 days, it …

English Idioms – Bird’s-eye view

In English it’s common to use idioms in natural conversation. Learning idioms is a great way to sound more like a native speaker. Even if you aren’t so comfortable to use a new idiom it is still great to understand the meaning if you hear them. Today’s idiom is… Bird’s-eye view Can you imagine the meaning? If this is a …

English idioms "Dirty look"

Dirty look Today let’s look at an idiom with look. Look is a verb, and most often used with the proposition at. “Hey look at that girl over there with the grey skirt. I think she’s waving at me!” But look can also be a noun, it means an act of looking at somebody or something. The noun form is …

More ‘World Cup’ English vocabulary "Make the cut"

Yesterday we learned the meaning of qualify. Today I want to teach you an idiom with the same meaning.  Please look at the following example: A: “Will Canada be in the 2014 FIFA World Cup?” B: “No. Canada didn’t make the cut again this year.” Athletes train many hours a day so they can make the cut for the Olympics. …

2 English idioms that use the word HIGHWAY

2 idioms that use the word HIGHWAY Highway robbery = Prices that are very expensive (too expensive). “$9.00 for a cup of coffee!? That’s highway robbery!” “How much!?!?” My way or the highway = Do something the way I say (my way) or leave. There is no choice but to do it the way I say. “I told my Dad …

3 Idioms with the word ‘ROAD’

Here are some common English idioms that use the word road. Let’s get this show on the road = let’s get started “Okay, the equipment is set up and the audience has arrived. Shall we start the concert?” “Yeah! Let’s get this show on the road!” Hit the road = leave the place you’re at  “It’s getting late, I’d better …

English Idiom – Give me a break!

Give me a break! This is a commonly used expression in English. When you say Give me a break! it means it’s difficult to believe something, you can’t believe that it is true. We take a break (take a rest) when we are working or doing something that makes us tired. Let’s look at a few examples in conversation: “Hector got …