When you travel, work or study in an English speaking country, talking like a native speaker really improves your experience.
One quick tip is to use expressions called ‘idioms’.
Here are five commonly used idioms, can you work out what they mean?
1. Put your foot in your mouth
2. It’s a piece of cake
3. Fall in love
4. It’s raining cats and dogs
5. The grass is always greener on the other side
Five useful phrases explained:
Put your foot in your mouth – this describes that awkward moment when you’ve said something you shouldn’t have.
Example: “I just mentioned Tom’s surprise party in front of him; I’ve really put my foot in my mouth!”
Fall in love – this universally popular phrase is used when you develop strong feeling for a person, place or object.
Example: “You’ll fall in love with New York as soon as you see it.”
It’s a piece of cake – a foodie phrase to describe a task that’s easy to do.
Example: “I’m very relieved, that job interview was a piece of cake.”
It’s raining cats and dogs – we hope you won’t need to use this phrase when you travel, as it means it’s raining very hard.
Example: “Remember to take your umberella, it’s raining cats and dogs outside!”
The grass is always greener on the other side – this describes the feeling that things always seem to be better somewhere else, when in reality they may not be.
Example: “I wish I had your job, but I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side.”