The art of Idioms

ben.wilko1 By ben.wilko1, 31st Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A page about Idioms and their use in speech and writing, and also a look at how idioms differ between languages.

The art of Idioms

Every language has them! Figurative supplements to add a cultural twist to speech and writing. We all use them! But do we realise how much we use them? Let's not beat around the bush, fitting these phrases into our day to day conversations is easy as pie! It sometimes even easier to forget, however, that these idioms can differ greatly from region to region -note that I didn't use the term 'country', as in English for example, people from the south of England may have different set of idioms to people in Scotland, although both are technically in the same country.

So what are these idioms? Put simply they are phrases of an entirely figurative nature which make no sense if taken literally (trust me I've been left laughing plenty of times by trying to make sense of an idiom or two). For this reason you might not get your point across if you try to translate your idioms directly into your second language, so be wary! Simple phrases such as "it's do or die", which in English would imply that something is of the utmost importance, hit a grey area when you see the German equivalent "es geht um die Wurst" which literally means it goes around the sausage.... so you see what I mean!

The point is, idioms are everywhere and I challenge you to watch out for these funny little phrases and to learn some in a second language, they're everywhere and you don't want to be left out in the cold when someone comes up to you and blurts out a phrase that doesn't quite make sense to you!


German, German Language, Idiomatic Expressions, Idioms, Langauge, Learn, Phrase, Phrases

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author avatar Denise O
1st Aug 2011 (#)

What a fun look at idioms. You gave me my first chuckle of the day. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2013 (#)

Thanks Ben. Idioms generally relate to the time but some are timeless. I am fluent in half a dozen languages and always fascinated by the idioms in each - but one should think in that language to enjoy them! siva

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