Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Commonly Used Idioms in American Culture

An idiom is an expression where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. Like:
"pull someone's leg" [joke]
"feel under the weather" [feel ill]

Why learn idioms?

What makes learning idiomatic language important is the fact that much of the everyday speech is based on idioms. For one thing, knowing and being able to recognize them in spoken speech will help you understand a native speaker better. Once you master them and become more fluent in English, you will be able to communicate better, as well.

Understanding idioms can be a difficult task for someone not native of America. Here are several popular idioms used in American culture, and the literal meaning behind them.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this nice post. Idioms can have a literal meaning in one situation and a different idiomatic meaning in another situation. It is a phrase which does not always follow the normal rules of meaning and grammar. Learn English Idioms to improve English Language.


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