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TLW ~ Basic English ~ Vocabulary for Speaking

~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Topic 20 ~ Idioms Four ~

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



Idioms are used a lot in everyday conversations and can help you sound more like a native speaker.

On the other hand, if you use idioms just to sound like a native speaker, you may sound idiotic.

The words idiom and idiot come from the same root: "idios" which in ancient Greek meant í░privateí▒.


The original meaning of an idiot was someone not interested in public affairs. In the present case,

í░idiotí▒ means someone with a dull or foolish mind. In an unrelated manner, idioms are a form

of private expression. They are like language puzzles known by members in your community.


~ Match the idioms with their meanings below:


1) see eye to eye


2) on cloud nine


3) on the fence


4) fit as a fiddle


5) burn oneí»s bridges


6) the elephant in the room


7) take a rain check


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A) caní»t make a decision/caní»t make up your mind


B) to destroy one's relationships or opportunities


C) the problem or issue people are avoiding


D) agree with someone


E) postpone a plan or appointment


F) very happy and content


G) in good health


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


1) Sometimes my parents and I doní»t see eye to eye, but we get along anyway.


2) When I first fell in love, I was on cloud nine, but it didní»t last very long.


3) When it comes to my favorite movie or book, Ií»m always on the fence.


4) My grandma is fit as a fiddle. I want to know her secret to good health


5) I burned my bridges after I left my last job. Now Ií»m regretting it.


6) Everyone was uncomfortable after my dad died. There was an elephant in the room.


7) I really wanted to meet my friend for lunch, but I had to take a rain check.

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

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


1) When you doní»t see eye to eye with a friend, How do you resolve your differences?

(When you doní»t agree with a friend, do you agree to disagree, or have a conflict?)




2) When was the last time or best time you were on cloud nine? Tell.

(When was the last time or best time you felt happy and content? Tell.)




3) How often are you on the fence about anything? Do you make up your mind easily?

(How often are you in a state of indecision? Do you consider it a problem?




4) Have you ever been fit as a fiddle? Are you fit as a fiddle now? Explain.

(Have you ever been in really good health? How about these days? Explain.)




5) Do you think we sometimes need to burn our bridges? In what circumstances?

(Have you ever cut corners at work, in school, or other places? Tell.)




6) If you were with your family/in-laws, what would be the elephant in the room?

(If you were with your family/in-laws, what issue would you be avoiding?)




7) Have you ever taken a rain check because you didní»t want to meet someone? Why?

(Have you ever postponed a plan because you didní»t want to meet someone? Why?)




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.