Importance Of Knowing Idioms And Phrases

The English language constantly enriches its vocabulary with words invented by language speakers, making it more colourful with idiomatic expressions. (19 minutes activity)

The English language constantly enriches its vocabulary with words invented by language speakers, making it more colourful with idiomatic expressions.

Understanding the lexicon of English demands more than knowing the denotative meaning of words. It requires its speakers to have connotative word comprehension and more – an understanding of figurative language. Idioms fall into the latter category. Learning idioms is certainly not a piece of cake (very easy), but once you know them, they can be a lot of fun, and anyway, because English people use idioms nonstop you will be all at sea (totally confused) in most conversations until you learn the ropes (understand how things work).

Idioms are always something special about any language; they build up some distinctive features which differ one language from another. What is more, idioms reflect certain cultural traditions and depict the national character.

In order to understand a language, we must know what the idioms in that language mean. If we try to figure out the meaning of an idiom literally, word by word, we will get befuddled. We have to know its hidden meaning. Because of idioms, learning a language can be complicated.

Since vocabulary and culture are intertwined, speakers can gain more vocabulary through idioms and conversely, can learn more about idioms from being exposed to the target culture. The more comprehensible input there is, the more learners’ listening, speaking, writing and reading skills will improve.

Idioms appear in every language, and English has thousands of them. They are often confusing because the meaning of the whole group of words taken together has little, often nothing, to do with the meanings of the words taken one by one.

Therefore, we bring to you a fun quiz on idioms and phrases. Let’s see if you can crack some of these code words. We will come up with more such fun learning activities.

 

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