~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Idioms Four ~

Section One: Definition ~

 

 

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 private”.

 

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

“idiot” means someone with an absurd or foolish mind. From another perspective, idioms are a

casual language used for humor. They are like puzzles known and used by members in a community.

 

 

Section Two: Examples ~ Discuss the content 

 

1) Sometimes my parents and I don’t see eye to eye, but we get along anyway.

to agree with someone

 

2) When I first fell in love, I was on cloud nine, but it didn’t last very long.

very happy and content

 

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

can’t make a decision/can’t make up your mind

 

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

in good health

 

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

to destroy one's relationships or opportunities

 

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

the problem or issue people are avoiding

 

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

to postpone a plan or appointment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section Three: Vocabulary ~ Idioms Four ~ Questions ~

 

1) When you don’t see eye to eye with a friend, How do you resolve your differences?

(When you don’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 didn’t want to meet someone? Why?

(Have you ever postponed a plan because you didn’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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

                                                  

 

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A) can’t make a decision/can’t make up your mind

 

B) to destroy one's relationships or opportunities

 

C) the problem or issue people are avoiding

 

D) to agree with someone

 

E) to postpone a plan or appointment

 

F) very happy and content

 

G) in good health

Honor your mistakes, they will lead to learning...

Through this learning, more mistakes will be made…

Through this process, mistakes are no longer mistakes…

They become the act of learning.

 

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How to Make a Lesson ~ Procedures ~

 

1) Talk about the examples.

 

2) As a class, in groups, or in pairs match the content with their meanings.

 

3) Select and answer any of the questions in your own way.

 

4) Take fair turns. Include as many students as possible. Endeavor to create a discussion.

      

~ Match the idioms with their meanings:

 

1) see eye to eye

 

2) on cloud nine

 

3) on the fence

 

4) fit as a fiddle

 

5) burn one’s bridges

 

6) the elephant in the room

 

7) take a rain check

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