Tag Archives: idioms

Must-Know Portuguese Business Idioms to Improve Your Communication Skills in the Workplace

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I remember when I used to overhear my parents’ work conversations as they spoke on the phone. They’d say things like “give me a ballpark figure,” or “all our budget is going down the drain,” and though I had no idea what those phrases meant, they sure sounded important. When you’re a speaker of English(…)


10 Wunderbar German Idioms and Expressions

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If your aim is to be able to speak German like a native, then you’ll need a firm grasp of colloquial and everyday speech. Often these things are learned later on in the language learning process, once you know your grammar and comprehension. But it’s always handy to have a few sayings and expressions under(…)


Uniquely Canadian French Idioms

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Maybe you’ve heard that Canada officially has two languages: English and French, and that the majority of its residents are able to speak both fluently. While the French language in Canada and Francophone culture does have quite a bit of depth to it, English is still trumping French on the Canadian curling rink. Interestingly enough,(…)


7 Portuguese Idioms You Wouldn’t Have Guessed

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If you’re planning to move to a Portuguese-speaking country, fluency in the local language will be essential to navigating the bureaucracies that come with settling in a new place. Plus, you will need to master the basics if you want to communicate with your neighbors. And what better way to learn than with some typical(…)


11 Idioms to Add Color to Your French!

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Like English (and many other languages), French is littered with idioms, many of them referring to animals, religion, and parts of the body. A lot of French expressions have English equivalents and a few can even be translated word for word, but others are a bit further away from the English and some appear to(…)


Stop Saying That! Expressions You Need to Stop Getting Wrong

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I am a stickler for correct grammar. I recognize the evolving nature of language and that everyone has their own dialects, slang words, and vernaculars, but if I have to spend five minutes longer than usual deciphering something you’ve written because you refuse to use commas, you will suffer my wrath. As much as I(…)


What’s In A [Phrase]?

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Having a way with words is not a skill we’re all lucky to have. But think about it: there are so many hidden meanings, and such downright silliness in our idiomatic language, that technically we all have a way with words. Even if we don’t know it. We’re betting you might not know the origins(…)


4 Incredible Russian Idioms

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A penny for your thoughts? In English we have a ton of different idioms that sound a little ridiculous. The same is true for other languages, especially if you’re approaching them as a language learner.  Listening to native speakers use proverbs and idioms in natural speech can throw you off, like when they say something that(…)


Language Through Idioms: from the Mundane to the Obscure

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Idioms are fun! Whether translatable or not, rich in imagery and meaning, idioms are an essential part of our day to day language. Apologies in advance… Let’s not get off on the wrong foot about idioms. As funny and senseless as they might come across, they are not merely just small cogs in large wheels:(…)