Language Enhancement Courses

Fun English

Learning to use common idioms and expressions are interesting and will make your English sound more native, so it's a good idea to master some of these expressions. The following list contains 5 commonly used idioms, their meaning together with their usage.

      Week Two

  1. Cash in – exchange something for money
    Example: John decided to cash in the credit slip because he needed some money to pay bills.
  1. Put in one's two cent – give one's opinion
    Example: Betty always wanted to put in her two cents when given the opportunity.
  1. Save one's breath – remain silent because talking will do not good
    Example: He decided to save his breath and not ask her about it because it would be futile to obtain her help.
  1. Snake in the grass – an enemy who pretends to be a friend
    Example: Roger told her that Stanley is a snake in the grass and untrustworthy.
  1. Hand over fist – quickly; in quantity
    Example: During the World War, the company had made money hand over fist.

      Week One

  1. Absent-minded – forgetful; careless
    Example: My mother is very absent-minded and often forgets where she leaves her money.
  1. Barking up the wrong tree – looking in the wrong place or accusing the wrong person
    Example: Philip is not your enemy, you are barking up the wrong tree
  1. Ducks in a row – to be organized
    Example: The manager said, “I have to get my ducks in a row before we can begin the new production process.”
  1. Make hay while the sun shines – do something at the right time; not wait too long
    Example: He felt he needed to make hay while the sun shines and start the new business while the interest remained strong.
  1. Open one’s heart – talk about one’s feelings honestly
    Example: Knowing her friend was emotionally upset, Susan opened her heart to demonstrate her compassion.