Lesson 4

Idioms

Activity 1

With your group, read the following sentence and try to paraphrase it in your own words in order to explain what it means. You have three minutes to do this task, then we will discuss your paraphrases.

I think I am coming down with something

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Paraphrase

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Activity 2

Categorizing an idiom.

Here are some commonly used idioms which express negative or positive feelings. With your partner, read the idioms and select the answer that best corresponds to their meaning.  Use clues from the context of the sentences to discover the meaning of the idioms circle good for positive feelings and bad for negative feelings.

1.  ill at ease

I feel ill at ease when I take a final exam.

good                                         bad

2.  under the weather

I am under the weather and will go home after class.

good                                         bad

3.  sick as a dog

Jay is sick as a dog, he drank a lot at the bar last night.

good                                         bad

4.  fresh as a daisy

I slept really well last night. I feel fresh as a daisy.

good                                         bad

5.  clean bill of health

The doctor gave me a clean bill of health. We are going on vacation.

good                                         bad

6.  fit as a fiddle

Jane is no longer sick and looks fit as a fiddle.

good                                         bad

Activity 3

Practice saying the idioms

  •  Read each sentence and practice saying the idioms.

  •  Pay attention to pronunciation and intonation.

  •  Saying an idiom with the right intonation is very important.

  •  You may mark the words which carry the main stress.

Activity 4

Dialog A:

Replace the underlined word with an idiom: Write your answer on the line.

Practice saying the dialog with your partner. Pay attention to stress and intonation of the idioms

A:  Are you o.k.? You look a bit under the weather.   ______________________________

B:  I think I am coming down with something.  _________________________________

A:  I understand. Last week, I was sick as a dog.  ________________________________

B: You’re not sick now. You look like the picture of health.

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A:  I ate healthy and got lots of rest. You should go home and get some rest.

B: I don’t know … I feel ill at ease asking for time off. The boss can be difficult sometimes.

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Dialog B:

Replace the underlined idiom with an English paraphrase:  Write your answer on the line.

Practice saying the dialog with your partner. Pay attention to stress and intonation of the idioms.

A: Hey! How’s it going?

B: Pretty good. Just got a good report from my doctor.

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A: I didn’t know you were sick?  ______________________________________________

B: I was very ill, but now I am healthy.  ______________________________

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A: You look energetic.  ___________________________________________________

B: Thanks. How’s your new job going?

A: Good, but one of my coworkers is an annoyance.

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B: Really? Why?

A: I feel uncomfortable, because she is asking personal questions.

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Answer Key

ill at ease   –  worried, anxious, uncomfortable

under the weather  –  you feel a bit ill, sad or without energy.

sick as a dog  –  to be very ill, sick

fresh as a daisy  –  alert, ready to go, healthy

clean bill of health  –  healthy or in good condition

fit as a fiddle  –  in very good health

Dialog A:

A:  Are you o.k.? You look a bit sick/ill.

B:  I think I am getting sick.

A:  I understand. Last week, I was very ill/sick.

B: You’re not sick now. You look like healthy/not sick/well.

A:  I ate healthy and got lots of rest. You should go home and get some rest.

B: I don’t know … I feel uncomfortable asking for time off. The boss can be difficult sometimes.

Dialog B:

A: Hey! How’s it going?

B: Pretty good. Just got clean bill of health from my doctor.

A: I didn’t know you were under the weather?

B: I was sick as a dog, but now I am fit as a fiddle. (the picture of health)

A: You look fresh as a daisy. (like the picture of health)

B: Thanks. How’s your new job going?

A: Good, but one of my coworkers is pain in the neck. (pain)

B: Really? Why?

A: I feel ill at ease, because she is asking personal questions.

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