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Mar 27 2016

English Lessons Houston -American Idioms using Similes

American Idioms

Idioms using Similes – Lesson 5

 

Hello Students!

In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Americans use lots of idioms, especially in movies and at the office.  The more you use and understand them, the greater your English speaking skills will be.  You will “fit right in”!

Today, we are looking at American idioms that use similes.

What is a simile?  A simile compares two things that are not alike.

They contain the words, “as…….as a/an ……” or  “like”.

Most similes are idioms. They are used to emphasize something.  (very tired, very hungry, very busy, etc.)

Here are some examples of American idioms from similes.

simile 6as hungry as a bear”very hungry

After running three miles in the park, President Obama was as hungry as a bear.

 “eats like a horse” – eats a lot

For lunch, President Obama ate two plates of spaghetti, three pieces of bread and two bowls of ice cream.  He ate like a horse!

 

 


“as sick as a dog” – to be very sick Similes 5

After eating all that food, President Obama was as sick as a dog!

 “as fit as a fiddle”- to be fine, to be healthy

So he took a nap after lunch, and after that, he was as fit as a fiddle.

similes 4as busy as a bee” – very busy

In fact, he worked in the Oval Office until 7:00 p.m.  He was as busy as a bee.

 

 

as cool as a cucumber” – to be very calm, to think and speak calmly

The President made some very important decisions, but he was as cool as a cucumber.

as fresh as a daisy” – very rested, wide awake and alert  simile 7

After a good night’s sleep, the President woke up at 5:00 a.m. as fresh as a daisy.

 

 

as regular as clockwork” – to do something at the same time every day, or to be on the same schedule

He had breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and went to the Oval Office at 8:00 a.m., as regular as clockwork.

Here are a few others:

  • as big as house,
  • as stubborn as a mule
  • as weak as a kitten
  • as high as a kite
  • as free as a bird

 

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That’s our lesson on Idioms from Similes!  I hope you don’t have to work like a dog this week!

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Feb 18 2016

American Idioms from Weather Lesson 4

English Lessons Houston-American Idioms

Idioms from Weather – Lesson 4

Hello Students!

In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Americans use lots of idioms, especially in movies and at the office.  The more you use and understand them, the greater your English speaking skills will be.  You will “fit right in”!

 “snowed under” – to be very busy, to have many things to do

At Brown & Root, we have so many projects, we are snowed under!


“weather the storm” – to go through a difficult times; to wait until conditions improve

Our sales at Nordstrom were down last year, but we weathered the storm and sales are much better this year.

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 “the calm before the storm” – the peaceful, calm time before you become very busy

All the visitors from Hong Kong are arriving on Friday.  This is the calm before the storm and we are trying to make sure everything is ready for them when they visit our office.

 

get wind of”to hear about something or learn about something

My boss got wind of the news that the company was going to be sold.

Weather idioms 5

 

a fair-weather friend”– someone who is your friend when you are doing well

John was always friendly to me until I was laid off from Atlas Oil.  Now he won’t return my calls.  I guess he was just a fair-weather friend.

 

to rain cats and dogs” – to experience very heavy rain  Weather idioms 2

The weather was terrible as I was driving to work in Chicago.  It was raining cats and dogs!

 

 

 

a breeze” – something that is very easy to do

I promised my team at Medallion Oil that this project would be a breeze because we have done this type of work many times before.

 

Weather idioms 4to feel under the weather” – to feel ill or sick

I was feeling under the weather this morning, so I decided to stay home in bed today.

 

 

 

 

 

throw caution to the wind” – to be careless, to not worry about the consequences  Weather idioms 6

My wife said that we did not have the money to buy a DeLorean, but I threw caution to the wind and bought the car anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

take a rain check”– to do something at a later time

My colleagues asked me to lunch today, but I was busy so I told them that I would take a raincheck and eat with them next week.

 

That’s our lesson on Idioms from Weather!  If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com  or call 713-993-6511.

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Feb 01 2016

American Idioms from Time – English Lessons Houston

English Lessons Houston-American Idioms

Idioms from Time – Lesson 3

 

Hello Students!

 

In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Using idioms is a vital way the English language is used, and the more you use and understand them, the greater you English speaking skills will be.

 

 “To kill time” – to wait for something to happen, to waste time    Time idioms 2

We arrived at the movie one hour early, so to kill time, we took a walk.


“take time out” – to rest or relax for a short time

Ricardo took time out from his studies to go see the new Star Wars movie.

 

 “to make time” – to do something that you did not plan to do

I am very busy today, but I will make time to go and visit my sister who is in the hospital.

 

time idioms  “time flies” – time goes by very quickly

Time flies when you’re having fun!”

 

in the nick of time”– when something happens before it’s too late

My boss arrived for the meeting in the nick of time, just 1 minute before it started.

 

 

beat the clock” and also “ahead of time” – to complete something early, before it is due

My report was due at 5:00 p.m., but I beat the clock and turned it in at 1:00 p.m.

My report was due at 5:00 p.m., but I finished ahead of time, at 1:00 p.m.

in no time” – very quickly

I promised my team that I would finish my project in no time.

Time idioms 3

to take one’s time” – to do something slowly and carefully

When I go shopping, I like to take my time to look around.

“it’s about time” – to say that something or someone is late

I finally got a promotion to Team leader.  It’s about time – I’ve been waiting for two years!

 

time’s up” – there is no time left for something

At the end of one hour, our director called “time’s up” and the meeting was over.

 

That’s our lesson on Idioms from Time!  If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com  or call 713-993-6511.

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Nov 01 2015

Idioms From Colors – English Lessons Houston

English Lessons Houston – Idioms from Colors

 

Hi Students! This is the 2nd lesson on American Idioms. These idioms have “colors”. Try to use as many as you can when you are practicing English.

 

Gray area – When something isn’t clearly right or wrong, no clear rules or guidelines

Example:   We are not sure if we can wear blue jeans to the office on Fridays. There is no rule, so it’s a gray area.

Blue collar– When someone works doing manual labor  Idioms from Colors 5

Example: My uncle is a blue collar worker. He works for a Brown & Root construction company.

 

 

Red flag– A sign that there is a problem

Example – When we didn’t receive our paycheck last week, it was a red flag that the company might be in financial trouble.

  Idioms from Colors 3To feel blue–   To feel sad

Example: I have been away from my family for two weeks working in New Orleans. When I think of them, I feel blue.

The green light – to receive permission to start something

Example: The manager at Odebrecht Houston gave us the green light to start the project.

In black and white – Something that is written and that is clear.

Example: At first I didn’t believe that the store was closing; then I saw it in black and white in a company e-mail to all the employees.

Out of the blue –   Something that happens as a surprise

Example: My manager said that I would be moving to Chicago to work for Conoco Phillips. This news came out of the blue!

A white lie – a small lie that doesn’t harm anyone  Idioms from Colors 2

My secretary asked if I liked her new haircut. I didn’t like it but I told a white lie and said I thought she looked very nice.

 Idioms from Colors 4Red tape– a lot of bureaucratic procedures; many steps to get something done.

Example:  When I went to the Chinese Embassy, we had to go through a lot of red tape to get our visa.

 

That’s our lesson on Idioms from Colors! If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com or call 713-993-6511.

Oct 25 2015

English Lessons Houston: Idioms from Food

English Lessons Houston-American Idioms

Idioms from Food

Idioms from Food 5

 

Hello Students!

 

In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Using idioms is a vital way the English language is used, and the more you use and understand them, the greater you English speaking skills will be.

 

“To go bananas” – to get excited

When Samantha won a $100 gift card to Starbucks, she went bananas.  Idioms from Food 2

 

“in a pickle” – in trouble

James was in a real pickle when he realized how much work he had for the week. He had two presentations he had to give this week and three deadlines. How was he going to get all that done?

 

“fishy” – suspicious

Tony suspected something fishy was going on when he came home and his front door was open.

 

Idioms from Food 3 “peanuts” – cheap price

John bought a new Ralph Lauren polo shirt. He said he bought it for peanuts at the outlet mall.

 

Idioms from Food 1a peach” – a nice woman

Anne is a peach! She always helps us at the office.

 

 

a lemon” – something that doesn’t work well, like a car or appliance

Abdoul was really happy when he bought a used car last week. But the car is a lemon. The brakes don’t work, the air conditioner doesn’t work and the car makes a loud noise.  Idioms from Food 4

nuts” – crazy

Antoine must be nuts. He paid over $200 for that shirt!

 

a piece of cake” – something that is very easy to do

Enrique always does very well in his algebra class. Mathematics is a piece of cake for him.

 

That’s our lesson on Idioms from Food! If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com or call 713-993-6511.

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Aug 27 2012

This is my Favorite Book to Learn American Idioms!

I’ve already stated before that I love to teach anything written by Milada Broukal.  She is my favorite ESL textbook author!  I’ve used her Idioms for Everyday Use for years.  It’s fun and easy to understand.  I was very happy to see that you can now download this book in PDF form.  It’s a great way for ESL learners to learn American Idioms!

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