English Idioms | ESL lessons to improve fluency
Improve your comprehension and make yourself sound more like a native speaker with idiomatic phrases and expressions
If you’re learning English, you will have probably heard people using phrases that don’t always make sense.
You might have heard people say things like:
“He’s driving me nuts!”
“Your guess is as good as mine”
“I’ve had it up to here with you”
These phrases are known as idioms. Idioms exist in every language, but what are they?
An idiom is a phrase or an expression that does not make sense literally. Instead, it has a figurative meaning that is different from its literal meaning.
If somebody says, “He’s driving me nuts”, it does not mean that somebody is driving, and it has nothing to do with nuts!
In fact, “He’s driving me nuts” means “He is annoying me”.
Native speakers of English will naturally inherit idioms because they will have heard them growing up. However, if you are learning English as a second language and it is not your native language, idioms can be extremely difficult to understand.
This course is for non-native speakers of English who want to improve their comprehension skills. The course is taught entirely in English by me, a native British English speaker, and we’re going to look at the most useful idioms in English.
So, let’s crack on!
Hello, bonjour, hola, hallo, ciao and olá!
I’m Kieran and I’m a language tutor based in the UK, and I also create online courses and write books to make language learning accessible to all.
My books and online courses are based on the methodology I developed for teaching languages, which I've been using in all my classes for many years. The methodology will get you speaking quickly, without the struggle normally associated with language learning.
Start1 Make it up as you go along (6:56)
Start2 Be onto a winner (6:34)
Start3 Throw a spanner in the works (8:08)
Start4 A one-off (6:23)
Start5 Turn a blind eye (6:55)
Start6 Think on your feet (6:25)
Start7 Set your sights on (8:04)
Start8 Foot the bill (6:21)
Start9 No-frills (6:32)
Start10 Be out of the woods (6:41)