What are Idioms?

This week, EC English Language Centres launched another edition of our EC Fundamental eBook collection: the Idioms eBook. Many leaners can find the topic a little bit challenging, but there’s nothing to fear! We’re going to present it in a different and fun way. Enjoy your learning!

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What are idioms?

Idioms are words, phrases, or expressions which are often grammatically ‘strange’ and are not meant to be understood literally. Idioms are a very important part of any language, so learning a few of the most common ones is useful in two main ways.

1. The more idioms you know how to use correctly, the more ‘natural’ your speech will sound
2. Idioms can teach us a lot about the culture or community who speak that language

Let´s start with a traditional idiom:

Put your heart into it

put your heart

If you say you ‘put your heart into’ something, it means that you’ve put a lot of work or effort into it.

When you put your heart into something you make a lot of effort to something.
e.g. He’s the kind of person who puts his heart into his job.
e.g. She wanted her company to be a success and really put her heart into it. She worked hard every day.

We can also say ‘put your heart and soul into (something)’ is also used and has the same meaning.
e.g. The author put his heart and soul into the writing of this book.

Now that you know a bit more about idioms, would you like to continue your language-learning journey? Download our Idioms eBook now to get to know the most used idioms! What are you waiting for? It´s FREE!

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