IDIOMS/phrasal verbs/PROVERBS

The knowledge of English idioms and phrasal verbs obviously enriches the language.

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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. Charles W. Eliot
I got back into my novel and finished it! (I became again interested into my book)

Es ist natürlich klar, dass Idiome/Redensarten in einer Fremdsprache sehr wichtig sind und deshalb hoffe, dass ihr welche studiert.

E’ chiaro che le espressioni idiomatiche sono molto importanti quando si studia una lingua straniera, perciò buon studio!

Here an idiom as an example:

The captain of the ship was tried in court because during the shipwreck he was only interested in saving his own

A) hair

B) skin

c) head

d) body

e) soul

For the right answer see below.

Answer: skin  (He was only looking after his own safety or interests.)

You can do a drag & drop exercise on idioms which you can correct directly online. Drag the answer on the right hand side to the corresponding part of the sentence on the left hand side.

On this link: you can find very intersting idioms connected with different sports,(ice skating athletics, football,boxing) colours, food or the body. The videos can often be watched with or without subtitles. Sometimes, you need to have a finger in many pies. Never put all your eggs in one basket! (Don’t risk everything all at once.)

As you learn these idioms look out for their use in English newspapers, magazines and novels and, of course, in any spoken English that you may hear. In this way you will find out how to use them yourself in speech and writing.

Try to become more aware of idioms in general and use them with caution. Good luck!

As I said, phrasal verbs (a verb with 1 or 2 prepositions)are also very important and  for this reason I include 20 sentences with the verb GET and GIVE- GO. The answers are at the bottom of the sheet.

(click onto the pages, so that you can read them well!

Answers:1)get on/2)get in/3)got over/4)get on with/5)got them out/6)getting him down/7)getting along/8)getting on/9)get out of/10)getting on/11)get round/12)getting away with/13)getting through/14)get of /15)getting on with/16)get on+get off/17)get through/18/got -back/19)got behind with/20/get through

Answers/1)gone by/2)go in for/3)give-back/4)give up/5)give away/6)gone up/7)going on/8)go off/9)go through or over/10)went up/11)don’t go on/12)give out/13)gave-away/14)go away/15)went down with/16)gone off/17)goes off/18)gone out of/19)go in/20)go on with/21)going out/22)went back on/23)give a look to/24)go round/25)go through

The included worksheet contains idioms and proverbs. You can cut out the cards and distribute them among your lerners and then you  ask one them to read one part of a sentence and the others have to check out whether they have the second part. In this sense you put the correct sentences together.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
. (Besser ein Spatz in der Hand als eine Taube auf dem Dach.)

Check also on this  great website for proverbs, exercises or audios.


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