Idioms in English can be hard to figure out. Translating them into to your own language is not going to help. But, native speakers throw them into to conversations whenever they feel like it! How can you get your head around them? It’s a tough one we know. Here in our English academies in Madrid we’re always trying to think of ways to help our students remember these useful phrases, be it for exam preparation like Aptis or FCE or just to sound more fluent in everyday conversation.
A good way to learn new idioms is to use images which illustrate their meaning. This post is trying to do just that. We hope it helps!
Back to square one
Having to go back to square one means you have to start whatever process you were doing over again. It’s usually negative since it implies you didn’t make much progress the first time.
The big cheese
Someone who is a big cheese is an important or knowledgeable person in their field. It’s quite an informal expression and means they hold some influence.
A birdseye view
This one is perhaps more literal. It means you have a view of something from a high point…just like a bird would.
To bite your tongue
To bite your tongue means to keep yourself from critizising or insulting someone even if you want to. Someone says something stupid and instead of highlighting it, you say nothing and maybe even smile at them.
To be on cloud nine
Finally, if you are on cloud nine, you are really happy about something. We hope you are too having learnt some new English idioms!