~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Idioms Three ~

Section One: Definition ~



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.



Section Two: Examples for Idioms ~ Discuss the content 


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

not that difficult


2) Some people compose computer code, but I can’t wrap my head around it.

to understand something complicated


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

the worst possible situation


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

very expensive


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

to argue the opposite of your opinion for a reaction


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

to spoil something


7) I want to save for a rainy day, but I can’t seem to make enough money.

to save up for the future


















Section Three: Vocabulary ~ Idioms Three ~ Questions ~


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 can’t you wrap your mind around? Explain.

(What can’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 devil’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



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





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~ Match the idioms with their meanings below:


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

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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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


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.


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