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
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.
2. under the weather
I am under the weather and will go home after class.
3. sick as a dog
Jay is sick as a dog, he drank a lot at the bar last night.
4. fresh as a daisy
I slept really well last night. I feel fresh as a daisy.
5. clean bill of health
The doctor gave me a clean bill of health. We are going on vacation.
6. fit as a fiddle
Jane is no longer sick and looks fit as a fiddle.
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.
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.
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.
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.