Soap opera – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

A soap opera is a television or radio programme about the lives of a group of people that is shown every week, or sometimes several times a week.

Soap operas are usually quite sentimental and melodramatic accounts of the characters’ daily and personal lives. They are often called ‘soaps‘.

The term was first used around 1935 and they are referred to as soap operas because the original sponsors* were soap manufacturers.

Two very popular English television soap operas are Eastenders and Coronation Street

Examples of use:

1. What’s your favourite soap? I like Coronation Street.

2. Get the latest soap news and gossip here!

3. I’m not a fan of soap operas.

*sponsor (noun) an organization or person that pays towards the cost of an event or activity.

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