The English language, though expressive and widely used, can make you want to tear your hair out – especially when it’s time to learn about idioms!
However, these expressions are a common part of everyday English and you’ll likely hear more than a few spoken during casual conversations with native speakers, on television shows, as well as in movies. For many learners, however, they just don’t make sense.
The key is not to take idioms literally or let them intimidate you! Once you get the hang of them, idioms can be both useful and a lot of fun as they express in just a few words a broad idea that is otherwise difficult to explain.
So, let’s cut to the chase and explore five English idioms that you can easily use in everyday conversations:
Feeling under the weather
You may have heard your English teacher use this idiom to explain that he/she wasn’t in class last week because of an illness, as “feeling under the weather” means to feel unwell.
“I decided to stay home and rest over the weekend because I was feeling under the weather.”
Up in the air
What is up in the air? Birds? Clouds? Dust? Of course, every one of these is true! But this expression refers to an issue or plan that is uncertain and may change.
“The CEO has yet to approve the budget and one of our staff just resigned, so the project is currently up in the air.”