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Common English Idioms – Illustrated

This post and infographic were contributed by TakeLessons.com

Do you ever feel like sometimes English just doesn’t make sense? Well, you’re not exactly wrong. There are certain instances in the English language where phrases simply don’t translate, for example, with idioms.

Idioms are phrases that don’t have a literal meaning in English, but more of an implied one. “It’s raining cats and dogs” doesn’t mean that cats and dogs are literally falling from the sky. Instead, you would use this phrase to emphasize the fact that it’s raining really hard outside. So you have to be careful, especially when trying to translate English idioms into your native language!

Check out the infographic below for a visual reminder on some of the most common idioms in English. Memorize these phrases and add them to your conversations (in the right contexts) to sound more like a native speaker.