Author: TeacherJamie

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Phrasal Verb – Blow up

Phrasal Verb – Blow up.
Meaning 1 – To explode. To be destroyed by an explosion.
“The army is threatening to blow the airport up.”
Meaning 2 – To inflate something…

Idiom – On Cloud Nine

English Idiom – On cloud nine Meaning – Extremely happy. The English idiom on cloud nine is used to express a state of extreme happiness and elation. It…

Idiom – Spill The Beans

English Idiom – Spill the beans or Spill beans Meaning – To reveal a secret. To reveal a secret or piece of information that was previously unknown. The…

Idiom – Like A Bear With A Sore Head

English Idiom – (Be) Like a bear with a sore head Meaning – To be extremely angry, annoyed, or irritable. The idiom ‘like a bear with a sore head‘ is used to describe someone…

Idiom – Cakewalk

English Idiom – Cakewalk Meaning – The idiom cakewalk is used to describe something that is very easy to do. It is often used to describe a task…

Idiom – Rule of Thumb

English Idiom – Rule of Thumb Meaning – A rough guide or general principle, usually based on experience or practical wisdom. A guideline that is used to make…

Idiom – Long Shot

English Idiom – Long Shot Meaning – Used to describe something that has a very small chance of success, or that is unlikely to happen. This expression is…

Idiom – Feel Blue

English Idiom – Feel Blue Meaning – To feel sad or depressed. This expression can be used to describe any unhappy feeling you may have. Colours and Emotions: Different colours…

Idiom – On Thin Ice

English Idiom – On Thin Ice or Be Skating/Treading/Walking On Thin Ice Meaning – To be doing something dangerous or risky. If someone is on thin ice they are doing…

Idiom – Right As Rain

English Idiom – Right as rain or As right as rain Meaning – In good order or in good health. To be completely healthy or well again after an illness or…

Idiom – Elephant In The Room

English Idiom – Elephant in the room or Elephant in the living room Meaning – An obvious problem or issue that people avoid talking about or even acknowledge….

Idiom – As One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

English Idiom – As one door closes, another door opens or As one door closes, another one opens. Meaning – As one opportunity ends, another opportunity often follows. If one…

Idiom – Under The Weather

English Idiom – Under the weather Meaning – To be feeling unwell. If you are under the weather you are feeling poorly or generally run-down (feeling bad because you…

Idiom – Take a Rain Check

English Idiom – Take a rain check or Rain check Meaning – To politely refuse an offer or invitation, on the implication that you may accept it some time in…

Idiom – A few sandwiches short of a picnic

English Idiom – A few sandwiches short of a picnic Meaning – Unintelligent. The expression is used to describe a person who is stupid or displaying an obvious lack of intelligence….

Idiom – Rob Peter to Pay Paul

English Idiom – Rob Peter to pay Paul Meaning – To solve a problem in a way that makes another problem worse. If you rob Peter to pay Paul you…

Idiom – Gild the Lily

English Idiom – Gild the Lily Meaning – To improve something unnecessarily. To further decorate something that already looks perfect. Attempt to improve something beautiful and therefore spoil it. To…

Lesson – Your or You’re

Many people are confused by when to use you’re or your. This is such a common confusion that many native English speakers also get confused. Here are the simple rules to…

Lesson – Maybe or May Be?

When spoken, maybe and may be sound exactly the same, however when written they have 2 different meanings. Let’s take a look at the different meanings. Maybe Maybe is an adverb. It…

Top 10 Animal Idioms

Here at Funky English we love to share our favourite idioms with you. In this article we’ll list our Top 10 English Animal Idioms! Which one do you…

Lesson – Numbers

In this lesson we shall take a look at how numbers are used in the English language. Most of the time using numbers is easy, but you should be aware…

Idiom – Walk on Air

English Idiom – Walking on air Meaning – Extremely happy or excited. If someone is walking on air they are feeling elated. The idiom walking on air might be…

Idiom – Tickled pink

Idiom – Tickled pink Meaning – Extremely pleased. To be delighted about something. Very amused or entertained by something. Colour Idioms: Black market – Illegal trading of goods or services. Caught…

Phrasal Verb – Break down

Phrasal Verb – Break down. Meaning 1 – To stop working. If a machine or vehicle breaks down, it stops working because of a fault or problem. This…

Idiom – Chicken

English Idiom – Chicken Meaning – A coward. A chicken is used to refer to a person who is nervous, timid or afraid. If you call someone a chicken you…

Present Continuous Tense – What Are You Doing?

In this English lesson we’ll take a look at how we use the present continuous tense when talking about things that we are doing now.

Present Simple Tense – Daily Routine

In this English lesson we’ll take a look at how we use the present simple tense when talking about daily routines, as well as taking a quick look at adverbs of frequency.

Past Continuous Tense – What Were You Doing When…?

In this English lesson we’ll take a look at how we use the past continuous tense when talking about things that we were doing in the past.

Phrasal Verb – Take off

Phrasal Verb – Take off. Meaning 1 – To leave the ground and begin to fly. This phrasal verb is not separable. “Your plane will be taking off…

British Culture – Tea

In this article about British culture we take a look at the most popular British drink – tea! We take a look at the history of British tea and we discuss the way that British people enjoy their tea.

British Culture – Touch Wood

In this article about British culture we take a look at the phrase “touch wood”. We learn why British people might feel the need to “touch wood” or “knock on wood”.

Slang – Hang out

Slang – Hang out. Meaning – To spend leisure time with someone. To spend time in a certain place or with certain people. To waste time – to do…

Different Ways To Say Someone Is Pregnant

In English there are many slang expressions we can use to say somebody is pregnant. We can say: Expecting Carrying a child With child Preggers or Prego Pregnancy Slang…

Past Simple Tense – What Did You Do?

In this lesson we’ll take a look at how we use the past simple tense when talking about things that we have done in the past – as well as looking at adverbial phrases of time.

Man’s Best Friend

If you’ve spent any time with native English speakers, watched American and British TV shows, or read English books you’ll probably have come across the phrase Man’s Best…

The Legend of Gelert

Listen: A Faithful Hound The Legend of Gelert is a very famous story that has been told for hundreds of years. Beddgelert is a small village in North…

We need to talk

There are many phrases in English that have hidden meanings. One of these phrases is  – We need to talk. This phrase is a seemingly innocent phrase. Upon…

British Culture – Fish and Chips

People in Great Britain love to eat! We are lucky to have a great selection of food from all over the world in our restaurants and takeaways. Fish…

Pinch punch, it’s the first of the month!

Find out what is said and done on the first day of each month in Great Britain. Learn how to use this interesting English phrase correctly – and how to respond!

Idiom – Tie the knot

Idiom – Tie the knot Meaning –  To get married. This expression can refer to the action of getting married in general, or the actual wedding ceremony. A knot…