Learn English – Idioms "Save for a rainy day."

This week we are going to look at some common English idioms. Save for a rainy day Save for a rainy day means to save something, usually money, for a future time when you may need it. “My car suddenly broke down on Sunday! I need a new car soon but I have been saving for a rainy day so …

"Keep my eyes open"

A: “I want to buy a surfboard, maybe a  used one that is not too expensive. Do you know anywhere I can buy one?”B: “There are a few sports shops that sell used equipment near my office. I am not sure if they sell surfboards, but I’ll keep my eyes open for you.” This is an idiom we use when we say we …

Out the window

Out the window = wasted, no longer exists. “If I buy a $6.00 latte every morning from the cafe, that’s $42.00 out the window every week!” = That is $42.00 wasted every week. Also – If an idea or plan is no longer good or possible we say it goes out the window. “I wanted to get up early today and watch …

English expression – Just in case

Just in case   Recently was I asked about the English expression “just in case” and I thought it would make a good blog post.Please look at the following example:  “I don’t think it will rain today, but I will take my umbrella with me to the store, just in case.” Just in case means “IF something happens” then you want …

Out of the Blue

“Yesterday I got an email from an old friend out of the blue!” I got an unexpected email, from an old friend. The email came suddenly, I was surprised. Can you guess the meaning of out of the blue? When something happens suddenly, unexpectedly (we are not prepared for it) we say it happened out of the blue. This idiom comes from …

English idiom ~ go "Cold turkey"

English idioms ~ go “Cold turkey” Did you ever have a bad habit? Did you used to smoke? (Did you smoke in the past but not anymore?) How about drink too much alcohol? Do you still have a bad habit? My bad habit recently has been drinking too much coffee.  My main problem was that I would go to Mister Donut …

"Sweating Buckets!"

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been a few weeks! Today is July 16, summer is here and Tokyo is very HOT! The hot weather is my excuse for not writing a new blog post for 2 weeks, but maybe I am a little lazy too 😉 Today’s idiom is “sweating buckets” and I have been sweating buckets since the beginning of …

Idioms "Actions speak louder than words"

Actions speak louder than words What you do is more important than what you say. The politician promised to do many things but he never did anything. The voters believed that actions speak louder than words and they soon voted him out of office. 

"Eye" Idioms

catch one`s eye – attract one`s attention, notice something “I tried to catch my friend`s eye at the movie theater but he didn`t notice me.” eyes in the back of one`s head – ability to know what happens when one`s back is turned “The teacher has eyes in the back of her head and always knows what is going on …