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BRITISH IDIOMS! Love them or hate them?

One of the things I like the most of learning English are idioms, I know sometimes they are complicated and hard to learn and memorize, but once you learn one you will never forget it! So I have collected 10 idioms that I have learned and I think they are quite useful and funny to be known!

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1. Goodnight, sleep tight (wishing someone a good sleep).

Do you know the ending of this phrase? Goodnight, sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite! That’s because mattresses were supported by ropes which needed to be pulled tight to provide a well-sprung bed. The ‘Don’t let the bedbugs bite’ part came after, because usually centuries ago the mattresses where full of this insects!

2. As thick as thieves. This expression is used to refer if you are close friend  with someone; sharing confidences.

3. The early bird catches the worm. Success comes to those who prepare well and put in an effort) Also early bird is used for people who wake up very early in the morning.

4.A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. This idiom means that small amount of knowledge can make people think that they are more expert than they really are and this can be really dangerous when discussing with them.

5.Grasp the nettle. This idiom is used when you deal bravely with a problem.

6.Keep your wig on! This expression is used to tell someone to calm down, you can use as well ‘hold your horses’.

7. Jam tomorrow. This idiom is used when someone promises you good things for the future and that will never come.

8.  Sound as a pound. British people use this expression if something is very good or reliable (you can trust on it / him / her)

9.Wipe the floor with If you wipe the floor with someone, you destroy the arguments or defeat them easily

10.  Pull your finger out! If someone tells you to do this, they want you to hurry up. (‘Get your finger out’ is also used.)

British people love to say idioms and sayings, depending on the country you come from some of them might be similar to yours or some of them may be completely nonsense! It would be great if you wish to share with us some of the idioms that you have in your hometown or if you wish to add any other British idiom that you have learned!

I hope you have enjoyed this post and that it has contributed to your learning. If you are studying English at the moment and you would like to boost your level of English or join English lessons we can help you!, contact us and we will do our best to find for you the best price!

Fear of speaking

“Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.”

Karl Augustus Menninger

andrasblogThere are many scary things in our world, but you don’t have to be afraid to talk about fears. If you want to succeed at learning English, fear is a natural feeling. It is even necessary, everyone who wants to master a foreign language had to go through these fears. To reach a higher level of English fluency, you will need to turn fear into a tool. In this post, we take one typical fear after the other.

The “They laugh at me” syndrome

Has it ever happened to you that someone laughed at you because you forgot to add ’S’ to the end of the verb in the 3rd person? Has a native speaker ever had a good laugh at your pronunciation?

Just try to think differently… Would you tease someone who wants to communicate with you in your own language?

The answer is probably no, and it is most likely not going to change.

If someone can see the effort that you are trying to do your best they will be tolerant and helpful. Just think about it… Those who learn a foreign language as you do, know exactly what you are going through, what difficulties you have to face with.

Anyway, if you meet someone who finds it funny, it is not worth to deal with it. It refers to a very low level of intelligence! So just smile and do not lose your confidence.

I just do not want to speak…

You are feeling well, the hardest part of learning is improving your speaking and fluency. You should immediately search in your mind for the correct grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and so on. Seems incredibly hard, we totally understand you. But humanity has not invented a supernatural medicine yet, so the only way is to follow the tried- and- true way which is to SPEAK.

Lose and overcome your fear

As we mentioned before you should speak and practice as much as you can. You’ve probably already heard that “Practice makes perfect”. Don’t hesitate! If you get an invite from your friend or whoever to speak English, don’t throw this chance away and grab this opportunity to start to get over your fear. If your partner gives you any kind of criticism, try to accept it, and learn from any suggestion that they may give you.

We have already given some tips for how to boost your English level, so now we wish to collect some hints how can you improve your speaking skills during your daily life.

  • Put away your fears and practice speaking with yourself as much as you can practice recording your voice or making videos, speaking in front of the mirror or while taking a shower. Firstly, it can be odd to hear your own sentences but it is worth a try.
  • Picture yourself as a successful English speaker! As soon as you start picturing yourself as a fluent speaker of English, you will be able to control your fears.
  • Set the target, make a vision board and describe the person you want to be, like: “I am successful, confident, I can talk with native speakers of English”. Put whatever you want to achieve your goals and look at your vision board every day! It will help you to build your confidence and self-esteem.

Well, we wanted to give you some tips how to be relieved from fears, hope it is going to work with you as well. If you wish to improve your knowledge with us, please do not miss the limited opportunity to enroll for our English courses. If you are interested in learning English feel free to contact with us!

 

 

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