Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thursday Thirteen Expressions

Teaching English Language Learners is fun, but teaching them idiomatic expressions can be daunting!  Sometimes they see things so literally.  Here are some of my random thoughts right now.

1.  Where I live, we aren't having a blizzard, but this weekend, the forecasters say it will be raining cats and dogs.
2.  I try to get my husband to put the toilet seat down when he's finished, but a leopard can't change his spots.
3.  I wanted to buy a hair care product called Wen, but I know that a fool and his money are soon parted, so I read some reviews and decided against it.
4.  It's all Greek to me when my two Japanese students speak in their native language.
5.  And when my English speakers say, "libary" instead of "library," it drives me up a wall!
6.  I decided to spend more time in the Word this year, and I received a One Year Bible, so I realized it was time to get down to brass tacks.
7.  I decided to go the extra mile this week and go to the gym at least three times.  I've been twice this week so far.
8.  In my opinion, our government is going to hell in a handbasket... and quickly!
9.  My grandfather was long in the tooth; he lived to be 98 years old.  Not so lucky with my dad.  He passed at age 69.  I miss him so much.
10. We're going out on the town for my husband's birthday Friday.
11. We will definitely pig out at the Japanese steakhouse.
12. My son is a southpaw, and my daughter is my spitting image.
13. This has been fun!  Thanks for lending me your ear.

(Yes, I snuck in four idioms!)

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6 comments:

Shelley Munro said...

No wonder they find English difficult. Half the time you don't even think before using them.

CountryDew said...

Ah, clichés. I have spent much time editing those out of my writing and others. Even though they supposedly make for bad writing, they still sound good to the ear. (I've never really minded them, myself.)

sandyland said...

fun

Heather said...

Good examples of usage. Number eight...we'll get there even faster if Gov Walker runs for and actually wins the presidency. almost a $3 mil deficit this year and he thinks we're progressing??

Mia Celeste said...

You teach English Language Learners? So do I! It's so much fun and I'm glad to connect with someone else who clearly enjoys it. Thanks for your clever post.

http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=518

rlavalette said...

Reading this was more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

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