English Idioms | Online English Lessons

 When someone turns over a new leaf (or turns a new leaf) they change their life by becoming a better person or by stopping bad habits.   ‘Leaf’ in this idiom refers to a page in a book, so you turn the page to a new page i.e. a new phase in your life.   Examples of use: 1. I’m going to turn over a new leaf and practise my English every day in … [Read more…]

Updated September 2013. Autumn has arrived here in the UK and a new academic year is well under way. I love autumn – it’s my favourite season of the year 🙂 In the northern hemisphere, autumn is the months of September, October and November. In North America and Canada ‘autumn’ is usually called ‘fall’. In the UK the weather becomes colder and leaves start to … [Read more…]

The English language has many idioms relating to time: here are twelve of the most common expressions. ♦ to be behind the times – to be behind the times is to be out-of-date and old fashioned; to have old fashioned ideas. Example: My grandparents are a little behind the times.   ♦ to keep up with the times – to keep up with the times is to work … [Read more…]

♦ to go Dutch – when people go Dutch, each person in a group activity or on a date pays for their own expenses, or the expenses are divided and shared equally. Example: My boyfriend and I always go Dutch when we go on a date.   ♦ Dutch courage – confidence or courage acquired by drinking alcohol. Example: I had a glass of wine to give myself some … [Read more…]

♦ Queen’s English (or King’s English) is standard or correct grammatical English spoken or written in the United Kingdom. It may be spoken in any accent. It is used for many forms of written text including newspapers, business letters, essays, text books, fiction books, CVs, and government documents. When the British monarch is a queen, standard English is … [Read more…]