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IDIOMES, EXPRESSIONS et DICTONS

IDIOMS, PHRASES and SAYINGS

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CONTENTS :

Cliparts - Illustrated idioms - Listening - Other resources -
Interactive exercises
- Exercises to print - Lesson plans -
Interactive games
- Cartoons - Videos / Animations -

Idioms in songs

Idioms and Phrases by topic :
Animals - Autumn - Bees - Best - Body - Book - Break - Buildings - Business - Colours - Clothes - Compare - Death - Dog days -
Eggs - Emotions - Family - First - Fish - Food - Friends - Give - Gold / Golden - Halloween - Happiness - Insects - Knowledge -
Let me know - Life and Relationships - Love - Money - Music - News - Numbers - Rooms -
School - Shapes - Shopping - Sleep - Songs - Sports - Talking - Theater, Dance, & Opera - Time -
Water - With the word 'and'

(Updated on 16/08/2012)

 

 

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Cliparts :

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Illustrated idioms :

  • Rolls off the tongue
    "Take a look at the cartoon and try to guess the idiom being illustrated. It shows both the literal and figurative meaning of the idiomatic expression.
    We'll be posting new cartoons weekly..."
    (rollsoffthetongue.tumblr.com)

 

  • Cut the mustard
    = "To succeed; to come up to expectations."

    (phrases.org.uk)


    Perfect face dimensions measured :
    - Shania Twain: The perfect face?
    - Angelina Jolie does not cut the mustard

    (BBC)

    Today, 'can't cut the mustard' is usually 'can't cut it' or 'can't hack it'.
    A recent variant on 'too old to cut the mustard' is 'if you can't cut the mustard, you can lick the jar'.

    (unm.edu) 

  • 1000 images on the tip of my tongue (ccdmd.qc.ca)
    - Des expressions expliquées à l'aide d'animations + AUDIO
    - Cliquer sur ACTIVITIES, puis CARTOONS

     

 

 

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Listening :

  • Words and Their Stories: Nose and Ear Expressions
    "The answer is as clear as the nose on your face."
    "Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    Words and Their Stories: All About Eyes
    "Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Words and Their Stories: Hold Your Horses!
    "Some expressions straight from the horse’s mouth...
    Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • BBC Podcast: The English We Speak
    "a weekly podcast from BBC Learning English which looks at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in a fun three-minute programme. You can subscribe to the podcast here."

    (englishblog.com)
  • Idioms 4 You
    English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions including definitions, explanations, conjugations, scenarios and audio.

    Since launching the site, Robert Ross has added many fine illustrations.
    (idioms4you.com)


    "to rest on your laurels"

  • Idioms, Slang, Phrasal Verbs, Colloquialisms,
    Cliches, and Proverbs, with Context Examples (about 700)
    (speak-read-write.com)

 

Other resources :

 

 

 

 

  • Rhyme Phrases with a Hiccup (people.sc.fsu.edu)
    "This is a list of words and phrases that have a rhyming pattern similar to that of "eye in the sky",
    that is, a beginning, a two syllable space, and a rhyming end."
    ex : eye in the sky / drunk as a skunk / fun in the sun / stone to the bone...
  • Idiom Site - origines et explications (idiomsite.com/)

 

  • "Every month the Comenius Group provides a new idiom to assist students of English.
    They provide a definition as well as audio files of the idiom itself and the idiom used in context."


 

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INTERACTIVE exercises :

 

  • Chinese Zodiac Zone - Learn English idioms.
    "- Find out which animal year you were born in and which famous people share the same Chinese Zodiac sign. 
    - Let Magic Monkey read your mind and guess your Chinese Zodiac sign.
    - Test your knowledge of English Idioms that use the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
    - Download and print your own fun Chinese New Year Posters." 

    (cambridgeenglishonline.com)

 

 

  • Essential Idioms - interactive exercises and worksheets (autoenglish.org)
    Advice / Business / Decisions / Emotions / Exclamations / Most Common Idioms Exercise / People /
    Predictions / Remarks
  • English Expressions
    "To be dog tired" means to be very tired, just like this dog.
    Click on the link to read the little book and learn new expressions
    then try to remember them and do the activity."

    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid

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  • More idioms
    "Learn more idioms, look at the slideshow several times and then do the activity."
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid

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  • Eye on Idioms (readwritethink.org)
    "After viewing the literal representation of each idiom, students are asked to complete the sentence
    by selecting the correct idiom from the list. Using context clues from the sentence, students can then determine
    the metaphorical meaning of the idiom. As a final step, students are asked to use the idiom in a sentence
    to show their understanding of its meaning."

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  • Oh No! Not More Cliches - 10 questions (funtrivia.com)
    "Back with some more clichés - So put "your nose to the grindstone", "your shoulder to the wheel" and "your best foot forward", and see if you can complete this quiz in that strange position. Have fun! Contains some US, and some British usage."
  • Choose the correct meaning for certain idioms (3 suggestions à chaque fois) - (quia.com)
  • Idiomes par thème + exercices interactifs (better-english.com)
  • Idioms : interactive exercises (a4esl)
  • Incredible Idioms - "Match the idiom on the left with its correct meaning on the right."
    Le site n'existe plus. Pour imprimer le document avec une taille normale, enregistrez-le d'abord.



  • Strange Expressions (idioms) - interactive (a4esl)
    ex :
    "What does the expression "out to lunch" mean when the person described is not literally having lunch?
    a. The person is eating.
    b. The person likes lunch and eats all day long.
    c. The person is uneducated.
    d. The person is not concentrating or focusing and seems weird.
    e. The person has a great sense of humor."
  • Alien Strip - Trouvez la fin des idiomes. (inglese.it)

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Exercises TO PRINT :
  • Sayings - Rebus - Activities to print (pocanticohills.org)


  • Essential Idioms - interactive exercises and worksheets (autoenglish.org)
    Advice / Business / Decisions / Emotions / Exclamations / Most Common Idioms Exercise / People /
    Predictions / Remarks


Lesson plans :

  • Wanderlust: Idioms - a lesson
    "This is a nice comedy with several really funny scenes. I used it to introduce and have students practice idioms and idiomatic expressions."

    (moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

 

  • Death Becomes Her: Idioms - a lesson
    "This is a classic movie that makes people reflect upon important life dilemmas, such as aging, plastic surgeries, living forever, among others."

    (moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)



INTERACTIVE games :

 

  • Colorful language
    "Watch the video and play the game."

    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid

 

  • Let me know
    "Watch the animation , then play the game and find the missing word in each sentence."

    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid