Learn to speak English: 10 common expressions used by English speakers
Learn to speak English: 10 useful English idioms and expressions that will help you to speak fluently!
It is important to know the common English idioms and expressions if you want to learn to speak English. Native English speakers love to use idioms on a daily basis. It is difficult to understand authentic English if you don’t know their meaning because an idiom is an expression whose meaning has nothing to do with the literal meaning. It will be quite impossible to follow a natural conversation between native English speakers if you don’t know the most common idioms.
Check out some fun common English idioms that are related to food.
You will not be surprised to read that their actual meaning has nothing to do with culinary skills or eating:
1. Idiom: a piece of cake
Meaning : easy
Sentence: My driving test was a piece of cake. I passed the first time.
2. Idiom: to go bananas
Meaning : to become very upset
Sentence: He went bananas when he discovered that his car had been towed by the police.
3. Idiom: to go nuts
Meaning : to go crazy
Sentence: She’s spent all her money on this new diet and she hasn’t even lost any weight, she’s gone completely nuts.
4. Idiom: to walk on eggshells / to tread on eggshells
Meaning : to try not to upset someone
Sentence: She’s so sensitive. Talking to her is like walking on eggshells.
5. Idiom: bring home the bacon
Meaning : to earn money
Sentence: I go to work every single day. I’ve got to bring home the bacon.
6. Idiom: the way the cookie crumbles
Meaning : that’s how it is / that’s the way it is
Sentence: Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
7. Idiom: the icing on the cake
Meaning : the best part of something that is already good
Sentence: The free taxi home was the icing on the cake to a great night out with my friends.
8. Idiom: like two peas in a pod
Meaning : very similar
Sentence: You sound just like your dad. You two are like two peas in a pod.
9. Idiom: like a fish out of water
Meaning : someone who is uncomfortable is a situation
Sentence: She was like a fish out of water when she started her new job, but she soon settled in.
10. Idiom: a couch potato
Meaning : someone who spends a lot of time watching TV on the couch/sofa.
Sentence: We never see him in the winter, he becomes a real couch potato.
Try using some of these idioms in your next English conversation. You might feel like a fish out of water when you first use them, but I assure you it really is a piece of cake.
What is your favourite English idiom? What idioms do you use in your language? Are their meanings completely different to their literal meaning? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.
With Speakily you will learn to speak English fulfil your dream of speaking fluently. Our innovative method helps you to achieve fluency in your English in a practical and effective way. Start now, sign up for a free trial class!