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10 Useful Conversational Idioms

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10 Useful Conversational Idioms

Hello Teachifyers and welcome back!

We hope that you had a lovely summer and did plenty of practice whilst we were away!

In today’s blog post we are going to be having a look at some idioms which can be used to expand on your conversational vocabulary and make you sound more like a native speaker when you speak! As with all idioms, these expressions can be used in a variety of different situations and contexts.

 

  1. Call it a day

To stop working on something or to finish something prematurely.

  • It’s getting late and we’ve been working on this project for hours, shall we call it a day?

 

  1. A Blessing in Disguise

A good thing that seemed bad at first.

  • In many ways the Coronavirus has been a blessing in disguise as we can now spend more time with the family.

 

  1. Hang in there

Don’t give up.

  • I was exhausted half way through the marathon, but I hung in there and managed to finish!

 

  1. On the Ball

Focused or doing a good job.

  • In this job you have to be on the ball, as the slightest mistake can cause serious problems.

 

  1. So far so Good

Things are good at the moment.

  • I’ve been living with my girlfriend for 3 months now and we haven’t had any serious arguments yet, so far so good.

 

  1. Speak of the Devil

The person we are speaking about arrived.

  • Gloria is a lovely woman and a hard worker, oh! Speak of the devil look who has just arrived!

 

  1. You can say That Again

When you agree with something.

A: It’s a nice day today

B: You can say that again!

 

  1. It’s not Rocket Science

When something isn’t that difficult.

  • You should know how to cook pasta, it’s not rocket science.

 

  1. No Pain, No Gain

You Have to work hard for what you want.

  • Come on keep going, you can do this! No pain no gain!

 

  1. Your Guess is as Good as Mine

I have no Idea.

  • I don’t know when the Coronavirus crisis will end, your guess is as good as mine.

Clases de inglés Sevilla

Oferta!

Now let’s see if you can use them in context!

  1. Did you hear what Laura did? Ah!__________________ here she comes!
  2. Come on you know how to do it,__________________!
  3. It’s strange as in some ways the lockdown has been a_______________.
  4. Listen to me every thing is going to be alright______________, you can do this!
  5. Do you really think you are going to get promoted like that? You need to work much harder, remember ______________.
  6. Did you say Real Betis would win the league this season? ______________________.
  7. How’s the project going? _____________ we should be finished soon.
  8. Despite that, we can’t afford to lose concentration so make sure you stay ____________.
  9. It’s Friday so once you’ve filled out those forms, we’ll _____________ and go and get a drink.
  10. Do you have any idea how to change this file to make it smaller? No, I’m afraid not,______________________ to be honest.

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