"To understand what idioms are
To identify idioms
To organise different types of figurative language"
An idiom is a phrase or saying that has a figurative meaning that is different from the literal meaning of the words. Idioms are used in language to express an idea more colorfully and sometimes playfully. Idioms can be used to express emotion and make a conversation more interesting.
Idioms - Understanding Figurative Language
phrase: A group of words that express an idea or concept. figurative language: Language that describes something by comparing it to something else, usually with the use of descriptive words. literal meaning: The plain, direct meaning of a word or phrase.
In English there are over 25,000 idioms! There are idioms in almost every language around the world! Some idioms have been around for hundreds of years!
Work together in pairs: Name three different types of figurative language.
Work together in pairs: Name three examples of idioms and explain what they mean.
Brain break: Draw a magical house with friendly monsters living inside it!
What does 'it's raining cats and dogs' mean?
- It's sunny outside
- It's raining heavily
- It's snowing heavily
- It's windy outside
What does 'bite the bullet' mean?
- To fire someone
- To accept something difficult
- To make a difficult decision
- To be brave
What does 'cost an arm and a leg' mean?
What does 'cut to the chase' mean?
- To be brief
- To ignore something
- To move quickly
- To take a long time
What does 'break a leg' mean?
- Good luck
- Be careful