English humor in idioms
The English language is full of idioms (over 15,000). Native speakers of English use idioms all the time, often without realizing that they are doing so. This means that communication with native speakers of English can be quite a confusing experience.
What is an idiom? An idiom is a group of words which, when used together, has a different meaning from the one which the individual words have.
Ни для кого не секрет, что в каждом языке есть свои устойчивые словосочетания – фразеологизмы или идиомы. Некоторые идиомы английского языка с переводом, схожим с русскими аналогами, понимаются легко и не требуют отличного знания языка. Другие же идиомы на английском весьма специфичны и для их понимания необходимо постоянно обогащать свою речь идиомами и поговорками.
Idioms about animals.
1. Cock-and-bull story It is a cock-and-bull story, I don’t believe a single word. 2. Dead duck Don’t even waste your time; it’s a dead duck 3. Monkey business Stop doing monkey business and start your homework! 4. a piggy bankWhen I was a child, I used to save all my pocket money in a piggy bank.
Идиомы о цветах или "цветочные" идиомы
a bed of roses My childhood had been a real bed of flowers shrinking violet I become a real shrinking violet every time I see him. as fresh as a daisy I feel as fresh as a daisy after the short afternoon nap. as welcome as flowers in the mayMeeting with all my classmates was as flowers in the May since we haven’t seen each other for 10 years.
Идиомы о школе и учебе
To count noses Teacher's pet Eager beaver
to make a killing – много зарабатывать (срубить бабла)Пример: You doubted in vain. I’ve made a killing with that transaction.to make ends meet – сводить концы с концами Пример: She doesn’t earn a lot, but at least she makes ends meetto pay an arm and a leg for something Пример: I like your new car. Of course you like it! I’ve paid an arm and a leg for itto put in one’s own two cents Пример: At last meeting at work I put in my two cents
Идиомы о любви
find Mr. Right those three little words puppy love
ИДИОМЫ О ЧАСТЯХ ТЕЛА
have butterflies in one`s stomachI have butterflies in the stomach every time I see her.dead from the neck upDon’t waste your time making him change his mind; he is dead from the neck up.to get a frog in the throatI got such a terrible frog in my throat, that I cannot I deliver a speech on today’s conference.
ЯЗЫКОВЫЕ, ИЛИ TONGUE IDIOMS
cat gets one`s tongue The cat suddenly got my tongue in the middle of my speech. speak with a forked tongue This man is always speaking with a forked tongue and nobody trusts him. To have a loose tongue He has a loose tongue. Be careful and do not share your secrets with him.
CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH IDIOMS
small fry This small fry has broken my window again with a football ball. rob the cradle My boss is crazy! He is going to rob the cradle at the age of sixty. in one's salad days In my salad days, I sang not bad. no spring chicken Give up this foolish idea to climb the Everest. Do not forget that you are no spring chicken.
· Wow! It's raining cats and dogs today! I wish I'd brought my umbrella to school!
a. I forgot my umbrella today.
b. It's raining heavily.
c. Cats and dogs are falling from the sky. When I told my mom I would be home around 2 am, she had a cow!
a. My mom bought a baby cow.
b. My mom is really strange.
c. My mom was really upset.
· Jean: How did you know it was my birthday today?
Susan: Oh, a little birdie told me!
a. Jean told Susan it was her birthday.
b. An unnamed person told Susan about Jean's birthday.
c. Susan told Jean it was her birthday. Frank: Why didn't your brother ride the roller coaster with us?
Sam: Oh, he's such a scaredy cat! He won't get on any fast ride.
a. Sam's brother is afraid to ride the roller coaster.
b. Sam's brother is a cat.
c. Sam's brother didn't go to the roller coaster.
· When the telephone salesman told me I could buy some concert tickets for only $10.00 if I gave him my credit card number, it seemed a little fishy to me, so I hung up the phone.
a. I thought the telephone salesman smelled like a fish and I didn't like that.
b. I thought the phone salesman was a dangerous fish and he scared me.
c. I thought the phone salesman was dishonest and I felt suspicious of him.
· I never learned how to use a computer, so I lost my job to a new employee. It's a dog-eat-dog world.
a. Only the strong or the best survive.
b. Dogs are eating dogs at the office.
c. Dogs like to eat dogs for lunch.
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