Welcome to English Idioms!

I teach English and I know that idioms and idiomatic expressions are difficult to learn. I want to use this blog to help learners understand and, hopefully, start using more idiomatic language.

First, I'm going to be controversial. Unless you work or spend time with mother-tongue speakers, you do not need to know too many idioms. If you want to pass examinations in English, or you want to read books written in English, then knowing idiomatic language will be useful and you will find books more interesting because you will be able to understand them more easily.

Some tips to help you:

  • Do not translate idiomatic expressions – you still will not understand them
  • Do learn idiomatic language in the same way as you learn individual words
  • Do try to find idioms which you like
  • Do think of situations in which you can use a particular idiom
  • Do not try to learn too many
  • Do attempt to use them when you can
  • Don't overuse idiomatic language

Finally, be careful. When you communicate with non-mother tongue speakers your first aim is to communicate. Using too many idioms may make you difficult to understand and this may not be good in a business related situation.

Enjoy!

21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. burin  |  June 1, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    i want to have them free

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  • 2. M Nasir  |  November 3, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I like your blog. It’s very usefull for me. I ‘m not a native speaker of Englsih. I agree with you that we’d better not to use lots of idiom when speaking with nonnative speaker of English to avoid miss understanding. Thanks.

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  • 3. Abdullah  |  July 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    i like you website but i need idioms but i knidly reqest you that please send that me free.

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  • 4. Anonymous  |  April 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    yes Mr.Nasir..I am down with you…

    Reply
  • 5. Jenny Zenitram  |  August 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    i need the tips on how to understand the idiomatic expressions

    Reply
  • 6. i need many idiomati expression  |  August 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

    i need many idiomatic expression

    Reply
  • 7. antonio  |  September 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I really like it…..this idiom is very useful, the information is good

    Reply
  • 8. Anonymous  |  November 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    i need the idioms and their answers

    Reply
  • 9. Shrikant  |  January 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

    this has full of information continue to add many more idioms to your records.

    Reply
    • 10. niyonkuru emery  |  March 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

      english is liked worldwide.i need to improve my english

      Reply
  • 11. RAVEENDRABABUKAKI  |  April 8, 2012 at 4:43 am

    i need the idioms and their answers

    Reply
  • 12. Gonzaga  |  June 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    i want idioms,meaning and how to use them.

    Reply
  • 13. Anonymous  |  July 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I fancy getting idioms more and more and I also want to know that how can we come to know the sense of any idiom

    Reply
  • 14. Anonymous  |  September 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    its really good and useful to me…..

    Reply
  • 15. Juliet oladapo  |  March 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Please i need a method on how to teach children in grade 2 idiom in there English

    Reply
  • 16. nguyen thi phuong hanh  |  October 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I want to have idioms in particular subject such as colors, parts of our body….. and the exercises for them

    Reply
  • 17. dung  |  November 13, 2013 at 4:06 am

    i need some idiom for exam

    Reply
    • 18. Saadat Hussain  |  February 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Behind the time. My brother is a little behind the time

      Reply
  • 19. Idiomatic Ruth  |  April 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Hello, I always try to learn and explain new idioms. The the gems for a statement. And I like your tips. thanks.

    Reply
  • 20. Naw Zen Lashi  |  July 10, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I really want to know how to speak skillfully in idiometic expressions way

    Reply
  • 21. Christine Phua  |  July 28, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I should like to know if the phrase ‘wear in one’s shoes or whatever’ is correct when I mean to say that something that is to be worn is uncomfortable but with a few ‘wearings’, it has become comfortable. In other words, if someone tells me that this headset fits fine now, can I say ‘it must have been worn in by now’?

    Thanks for your help.

    Christine

    Reply

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