10 English Idioms to Help You Learn the Language

Idioms are used regularly by English people, so if you’re learning the language and hoping to sound confident and natural, it’s worth understanding them. They can seem a little confusing at first, so be sure to learn what they actually mean before you try and use them in a sentence. Here’s a list of some of the most popular idioms:

 

Idiom: “That’s the final straw”

Translation: My patience has run out/I’ve had enough

 

Idiom: “They’ll never see eye to eye”

Translation: They’ll never be friends/they’ll never agree

 

Idiom: “That ship has sailed”

Translation: It’s too late/the opportunity has passed

 

Idiom: “Cut her some slack”

Translation: Stop being so critical, she’s trying her best

 

Idiom: “No pain, no gain”

Translation: You have to work hard to experience the benefits

 

Idiom: “It got out of hand”

Translation: It was out of control

 

Idiom: “It’s not rocket science”

Translation: It’s not complicated

 

Idiom: “I’m under the weather”

Translation: I’m feeling unwell

 

Idiom: “To cut a long story short”

Translation: To tell the story as briefly as possible

 

Idiom: “Let me wrap my head around it”

Translation: Let me try to understand something complicated

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