Idioms exist in every language. An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally, like “bought the farm” has nothing to do with purchasing real estate, but refers to dying. Idiom also refers to a dialect or jargon of a group of people, either in a certain region or a group with common interests, like in science, music, art, or business.
Some idioms are used by most people that speak English; others are used by a more select group.
Common idioms that refer to people include:
Idioms that refer to your actions would be:
Some idioms use color words to convey other meanings. For example, there are several that use the word “blue:”
Because of idioms, learning a language can be complicated. After you can conjugate verbs, and know a lot of words, you may still have difficulty speaking the language with native users.
This is partly due to the use of idioms and would also depend of which region of a country you were in. Idiom usage is not just regional, but also varies according to people’s interests and social groups.
The best way to pick up on the meaning of certain idioms would be to converse with people and ask them for a clarification of the idiom if you are not clear about the idiom they used. There are also sites on the Internet which will help explain the meaning of idioms.
There are certain things that happen in every culture and there are idioms to deal with them.
If it is raining in large amounts, most cultures have an interesting way of saying that:
Comparing idioms between countries can also be interesting:
The key to understanding the local idioms is to listen carefully and to ask questions of local speakers.
There are many idioms in the field of music.
Drama and dance have idioms, too, like:
Remember, a group of people with shared interests such as the arts or business will have their own idioms. As with all idioms it will be easier to understand the idioms if you concentrate on what is being said and ask questions about the meanings of the idioms.
For even more idioms browse our idioms dictionary at http://idioms.yourdictionary.com/
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