Idiom of the Week: “Straight From the Horse’s Mouth”

Meaning: To be said directly by the person or people who have knowledge about something. It is often used by a person talking about another person.

Examples:

1. I won’t believe it until I hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.

2. The news came straight from the horse’s mouth, so we all listened.

3. The rumor proved to be true when it finally came straight from the horse’s mouth.

Pop Quiz:

*Bill and Sam are teammates on a soccer team.

Bill: John told me there is no practice today.

Sam: No, there is practice today! I just talked to Mr. Anderson.

Bill: Ah, straight from the horse’s mouth, I knew John was wrong.

Mr. Anderson is probably:

A.  Bill and Sam’s coach

B.  Bill and Sam’s teammate

C. Bill and Sam’s parent

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Idiom of the Week: Chicken

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Meaning: To be afraid or be a coward. Used as an adjective or as a noun.

Examples:

Go ahead and order in English! Don’t be a chicken!

They called me a chicken because I didn’t want to ride on the roller coaster.

He wanted to talk to her but he was chicken. He’s a very shy guy.

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of chicken?

A.  Scared

B.  Vegetable

C.  Brave

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

There’s a saying in English “April showers bring May flowers,” which means that although you might not like all the rain we get in April, it will help all the beautiful flowers grow in May. Which is kind of another way to say that sometimes you first have to experience something unpleasant in order to to experience joy later on. Here’s an old song using this phrase along with the lyrics – enjoy!

“April Showers”

Written by Louis Silvers and B. G. De Sylva

Performed by Judy Garland

When April showers may come your way
They bring the flowers that bloom in May
So when it’s raining, have no regrets
Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, it’s raining violets

And when you see clouds upon the hill
You’ll know they’ll bring crowds of daffodils
So just keep looking for a blue bird and listening for his song
Whenever April showers come along

And when you see clouds upon the hill
You’ll know they’ll bring crowds of daffodils
So just keep looking for a blue bird and listening for his song
Whenever April showers come along

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Idiom of the Week: A Question of Time

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Meaning: Used to describe something that will definitely happen, maybe sooner, maybe later. Also expressed as “A matter of time.”

Examples:

Life will eventually return to normal. It’s just a question of time.

Spring and warm weather will come. It’s just a question of time.

The volcanologist said it’s just a matter of time when the volcano will erupt. It could be next month, it could be next year, it could be twenty years.

Pop Quiz:

If someone says “It’s just a question of time,” they are saying…

A. Something will happen soon.

B. Something will happen a long time from now.

C. It will never happen.

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Idiom of the Week: A Shot in the Arm


Meaning: Something that gives energy or encouragement

Examples:

Thanks for talking to him – it was a shot in the arm. He feels a lot more confident than before.

The development of the new vaccine was a shot in the arm. People are more optimistic now.

Online learning is so much easier now that we have faster Wi-Fi. It was a real shot in the arm.

Pop Quiz:

Which would one is not a good example of “a shot in the arm?”

A. A raise in pay

B. A good night’s sleep

C. A bad headache

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Idiom of the Week: In the Same Boat

Meaning: To be in the same situation as someone else; to have a similar problem

Example:

I forgot to do my homework. My classmate’s in the same boat – she forgot to do her homework too.

“Looks like you and I are in the same boat,” the stranger said to me when we both missed the train that just left.

He was going to borrow money from his friend, but then he found out his friend was in the same boat – he needed money too.

Pop Quiz:

Your roommate hasn’t paid his rent yet. You’re in the same boat because…

A. you paid your rent.

B. you are going to move.

C. you haven’t paid rent yet either.

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Idiom of the Week: Turn Over a New Leaf

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions and decide to “turn over a new leaf.” Not sure what that means? Read on…

Meaning: To change your behavior for the better.

Examples:

That’s it – I’m quitting smoking! I’m turning over a new leaf!

A lot of people try to turn over a new leaf when the New Year begins.

She decided to turn over a new leaf and start studying harder.

Pop Quiz:

You might be turning over a new leaf if you…

A.  start exercising more regularly.

B.  totally stop exercising.

C.  continue exercising the same amount you usually do.

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