What are English idioms? In essence, English idioms are phrases with an established meaning that differs from the literal meaning of the words. Much like metaphors, idioms use terms and imagery that are seemingly unrelated to their intended meaning. However, metaphors differ somewhat from English idioms; idioms are phrases that are commonly known and used by English speakers, which is not necessarily the case with metaphors.
Learning English idioms is a necessary and important step toward becoming fluent in English. English speakers use idioms, sayings, expressions, and proverbs all the time, so without understanding their true meaning, a non-native speaker might feel left in the dark. Thankfully, some easier idioms have context clues that point to their underlying message.
In order to better understand idioms and their importance in the English language, let’s take a look at 30 common idioms that you are likely to encounter in English. This list will be divided into easy, intermediate, and difficult idioms. Additionally, we will provide sample sentences so that you can start using these phrases in your own conversations!
10 Easy English Idioms & Example Sentences
These idioms are easy because it is possible to extract their meaning without a definition. Additionally, these phrases use relatively simple vocabulary that is easy to remember. So, here are 10 easy English idioms, their meanings, and example sentences:
10 Intermediate English Idioms & Example Sentences
These English idioms are a little more difficult because they use more complex vocabulary. In some cases, you may not be able to figure out what they mean without further explanation or context. So, here are 10 intermediate English idioms, their meanings, and example sentences:
10 Difficult English Idioms & Example Sentences
These idioms are difficult because they provide little or no context related to their meaning. Without a definition, it would almost be impossible to figure out what they mean. So, here are 10 difficult English idioms, their meanings, and example sentences:
There you have it! These are 30 English idioms to help you advance your English speaking skills. If you’re trying to figure out how to incorporate these idioms into your conversations at work, check out this video:
And here’s some more helpful links to guide you in your learning journey:
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