Learn Idioms and Speak Like a Local

Why should I learn idioms?

    • The correct use of idioms is one of the things that distinguishes a native speaker from a non-native speaker.
    • Among native speakers of any language, the use of idioms is widespread. In fact, a language would be incomplete without them. You would have to be barking mad to suggest otherwise.
    • We use idioms all of the time – on the radio, on the TV, in the news, in magazines, at social gatherings or when we are just making small talk with a colleague at work.
    • They really are thick on the ground.
    • Unless you understand idioms and how to use them in the correct context, you cannot become fully proficient and sometimes you may even feel all at sea – unable to understand what is going on.

What is an idiom?

  • The defining feature of an idiom is that you usually cannot understand its meaning from a literal translation of its words. For instance if someone says, a leopard can’t change his spots, they are not literally talking about an animal, what they mean is that “it is very hard to change who you are”.
  • In addition to idioms, we have included a lot of similes and metaphors in our idiom dictionary – they are also confusing and hard to understand without referring to the context in which they are used.