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TLW ~ Basic English ~ Vocabulary for Speaking

~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Topic 19 ~ Idioms Three ~

Section One: Definition and Matching ~ Print (Sections 1 and 2)



In order to understand an idiom, we need to be willing to examine the creative

and open side of language. Dictionaries and strict definitions often fall short.

An idiom is a device used outside the literal or usual means of communication.


Context in language is at the heart of conversation. Think of context as everything

in your environment when you speak with others. When people are aware of the

social context and are willing to create new ways of expressing ideas, idioms are

mixed into our conversations. In this way, idioms can make conversation interesting.


~ Match the idioms with their meanings below:


1) not rocket science


2) wrap your head around something


3) a perfect storm


4) costs an arm and a leg


5) play the devil's advocate


6) rain on someone's parade


7) save up for a rainy day


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A) the worst possible situation


B) to argue the opposite of your opinion for a reaction


C) to spoil something


D) not that difficult


E) to save up for the future


F) to understand something complicated


G) very expensive


Section Two: Examples ~ Discuss the content  (related to 1~7 above)


1) My spouse thinks the internet is difficult, but ití»s not rocket science.


2) Some people compose computer code, but I caní»t wrap my head around it.


3) I lost my job and my spouse last week. It was the perfect storm.


4) We remodeled our kitchen and bathroom. It cost an arm and a leg.


5) When my friends play the devilí»s advocate, I know they are joking with me.


6) My friends rained on my parade after they drank too much at my wedding.


7) I want to save for a rainy day, but I caní»t seem to make enough money.

Links:   1) Wiki idioms    2) English Idioms     3) Common Proverbs    4) World Proverbs   

Section Three: Vocabulary ~ Idioms Three ~ Questions ~ Print (Section 3)


1) What is rocket science to you? Why do you think so? Tell.

(What is difficult for you but not for other people? Why do you think so?)




2) What caní»t you wrap your mind around? Explain.

(What caní»t you understand to the point that it bothers you? Explain.)




3) In your life, what was your perfect storm? Tell the tale.

(In your life, what was your worst set of circumstances? Tell the tale.)




4) What costs an arm and a leg these days? How much is it?

(What kind of things or activities are very expensive these days?)




5) Do you ever play the devilí»s advocate? Who with? Tell.

(Do you ever argue the opposite side of your opinion to get a reaction? Tell.)




6) How often does someone rain on your parade? What do you usually do about it?

(How often does someone put you in a bad mood? How do you react?)




7) Are you saving up for a rainy day? Why? What do you want to buy?

(Are you saving money for something in the future? What for?




Now: Answer the questions above according to your own experience


Next: Make your own questions related to the idioms and examples presented

How to Make a Lesson ~ Procedures


1)   To begin with, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, talk about structure, then match the items.

2)   After that, talk about the examples in the second section. Create discussion questions.

3)   Next, select and answer any of the questions in your own way in section three.

4)   Include as many students as possible. Endeavor to create a discussion. Then follow up.