Idiom: a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transmit some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society. These sayings are called “idioms” – or proverbs if they are longer. These combinations of words have a “figurative” meaning – they basically work with “pictures”.
Idioms are used frequently in both written and spoken English. So let’s:
- take a look at the most popular idioms and common idioms in the English language and what they mean. Choose one of the idioms, which you like and write a short situation where you can use it.
‘When pigs fly’ – something that will never happen.
“When pigs fly she’ll tidy up her room.”
A short situation in the library.
«Excuse me, can I sit here?»
«Oh, of course.»
«I am Mary.»
«Nice to meet you Mary, my name is Ann.»
«How are you?»
«Fine and how are you?»
«I’m not that good.»
«Because I’m going to take an exam tomorrow.»
«Oh, There is nothing sad about it, exams like a piece of cake.»
«Are you sure?»
- compare English idioms with Russian and Armenian and try to find some similarities in them.
Ни пуха ни пера
Good luck or Break a leg
- Try to find equivalents of English idioms in Russian and Armenian.
Deadline for the project: May 2