5 Useful Conversational Idioms

5 Useful Conversational Idioms

Hi guys!

Today we are going to be taking a look at 5 colloquial phrases, all of them great for spicing up your conversational vocabulary!

To be Stuck in a rut

To be trapped without any new ideas or motivation. This phrase is thought to have come from the early 1800s when wagons would commonly get stuck in a rut or a worn in groove in the path.

  • I need to get a new job, I’ve been here for 20 years and I’m stuck in a rut.

Follow in the Footsteps

To do the same thing as somebody else.

  • He started his own business, following in his father’s footsteps.

It Turns out That….

The result is/was

  • I always thought that I preferred English food however as it turns out, I think that I actually prefer Spanish food.

To do Something From Scratch.

To do something from the beginning. Originally the scratch referred to the starting line of a race, so somebody running a race would start from the scratch.

  • He started his own business from scratch.

To Give it a Shot

To attempt or try something

  • Q: Do you mind if I try out your new car?
  • A: Yeah sure, give it a shot!


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


  1. So rather surprisingly____________ that he was stealing money from his friend all along!
  2. Normally I don’t like Chinese food but I’ll ______________ though!
  3. He is very influenced by everything John does, in many ways he is ___________________.
  4. I need some creative inspiration, I’m ____________!
  5. I’ve always wanted to make pasta starting ____________.


An Introduction to Cockney Rhyming Slang

An Introduction to Cockney Rhyming Slang

Hello Teachifyers!

Today we are going to be taking  a look at cockney rhyming slang, a form of slang which initially originated from East London, however has since grown in popularity throughout the UK and even to parts of Australia and the USA!

In cockney rhyming slang, the speaker will replace a word with a phrase that rhymes. So for example instead of saying: he’s up the stairs you would say he’s up the apples and pears. Most of these rhyming phrases contain just two or three words, however it is the final word that must rhyme with the word that you want to replace.

To make things even more difficult, in most cases the phrases are shortened to just the first word which does not rhyme with the targeted word. So for example the phrase I want to take a look at Jim’s new house would be I want to take a butcher’s at Jim’s new house. As you can see butcher’s has replaced look however it does not rhyme. This is because the full phrase would be butcher’s hook which does rhyme with look.

To see a good example of how Cockney Rhyming Slang sounds in practice, here is a great clip from the film Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels which is helpfully subtitled into regular English.

It is widely believed that cockney rhyming slang emerged out of the need for a ‘code’ for criminals in the east end of London so the police wouldn’t understand what they were saying. Many examples  of cockney rhyming slang have found their way into common English in the UK so it is useful to get to know a few of the basics.

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Here are some of the most common examples of Cockney Rhyming Slang

Bees & Honey – Money

Can you lend me £10, I’ve run out of bees and honey.

In regular English: Can you lend me £10, I’ve run out of money.


Dog & Bone – Phone

I’ll call you on the dog & bone later on

In regular English: I’ll call you on the phone later on.


China Plate – Mate

Alright, me old China!

In regular English: Alright mate,  (or Hello, my good friend.)


Trouble & Strife – Wife

Sorry I can’t have another drink, I’ve got the trouble and strife waiting for me at home.

In regular English: Sorry I can’t have another drink, I’ve got the wife waiting for me at home.


Barnet Fair – Hair

I need to get my barnet cut, it’s all over the place!

In regular English: I need to get my hair cut, it’s all over the place!


Hank Marivn – Starvin

I need to get something to eat, I’m proper hank at the moment.

In regular English: I need to get something to eat, I’m really hungry at the moment.


Jack Jones-  Own

I’m on my Jack Jones so I’m feeling a bit bored.

In Regular English: I’m on my own so I’m feeling a bit bored.


North & South – Mouth

Shut your north!

Shut your mouth! (or shut up!)


Pete Tong – Wrong

It’s all gone Pete Tong.

In regular English: It’s all gone wrong.


Rub-a-dub – Pub

Fancy a pint down the rub-a-dub.

In regular English: Do you want a beer at the pub?


Scooby Doo – Clue

I haven’t got a scooby where you are.

In regular English: I don’t know where you are.

4 Ways to use ‘Get’

4 Ways to use 'Get'

Hi Guys!


Today we are going to be looking at some different ways of using the word get. Get is a very common word in the English language, however it means different things depending on the context. In this post we are going to look at some of the most common uses of get.


  1. To buy.
  • What did you get from the supermarket?


  1. To Receive
  • Have you got my email yet?


  1. To Arrive
  • I got home late because of the weather.


  1. To Become
  • It’s getting dark, you shouldn’t go outside.


Now let’s see if you’ve got the hang of it. Try writing 2 example sentences for each use of the word get.