Every language has a collection of sayings used in different situations. To understand English as it is spoken in real life you have to familiarize yourself with the different phrases and idioms. They are commonly used in everyday English and you need to know what they mean and how they are used. Here are some of the most common English phrases which will help to enrich your English vocabulary and have you sounding like a native speaker in no time!
- Bored to death: A strong expression used when things become dull and repetitive.
Example: “I have nothing to do at work. I’m bored to death.”
- You’ve got to be kidding: Used to reply to a silly statement or action.
“You bought that pen for 10 ringgit. You’ve got to be kidding me!”
- Sick and Tired: Used when you don’t enjoy something anymore because you have done it so many times.
Example: “I’m sick and tired of eating the same thing for lunch every day.”
- Call it a day: Used to express that the work day is over.
Example: “Let’s call it a day. I’m too tired to continue working.”
- Get on one’s nerves: Used when someone or something is bothering you.
Example: “You’re beginning to get on my nerves.
- Couch potato: Used when someone is lazy and watches too much television.
Example: “I should be more active and less of a couch potato.”
- Read one’s mind: When someone says something you were also thinking about.
Example: “I was going to recommend that as well! You must have read my mind.”
- Feel blue: To feel sad.
Example: “What a depressing day. It makes me feel blue.”
- Fender bender: A small car accident which isn’t very serious.
Example: “I got into a fender bender in the parking lot yesterday.”
- Get foot in the door: Taking or passing the first step of a longer process; usually used to talk about an event which would eventually lead to better opportunities.
Example: “It’s not the best position in the office, but at least my foot is in the door.”
- Give somebody a hard time: Make someone feel bad for making a mistake.
Example: “My dad gave me a hard time after I got one bad grade on my report card.”
- Make up one’s mind: To make a decision.
Example: “We don’t have all day; please make up your mind.”
- Throw in the towel: To Give up or quit something.
Example: “He’s not a quitter, so he’s not going to throw in the towel.”
- Goose bumps: Tiny bumps you get all over your body when you feel intense emotions.
Example: “I was so touched by the movie that I started getting goose bumps all over my arms.”
- Stay in touch: To stay connected with someone.
Example: “Please call me more often, we should stay in touch.”
- Have the guts: To be brave.
Example: “I don’t have the guts to go bungee jumping.”
- Rain or Shine: Not letting the weather stop you from doing something.
Example: “Sam’s going camping this weekend rain or shine.”
- I’m beat: Very tired / exhausted.
Example: “I’m going to sleep early today. I’m beat!”
- Easier said than done: Used when something is easy to say but difficult to do.
Example: “Mark thinks this exercise is easy. He doesn’t realize it’s easier said than done.”
- It’s about time: Used to express that you have waited a long time.
Example: “It’s about time you arrived. I waited three hours for you!”