|Unit 8: Some Common English Idioms about "Vegetable" (P.2 - Text)|
Unit 8: Some Common English Idioms about "Vegetable" (P.2 - Text)
Unit 8: Some Common English Idioms about "Vegetable" - Here are the instructions. You will now read some sentences with the idioms missing. Use the picture to help you remember the idiom. example of an as, as comparison. If you stay calm and relaxed in difficult situations, we say you are as cool as a cucumber. James Bond is always as cool as a cucumber. Here are the instructions. In Unit 8, http://Englishgoonline.com will help you learn how to use Common English Idioms that include “Vegetable” word in daily communication. They are English Idioms . Such as: Spill the beans Vegging out. Full of beans, Couch potato., Without a bean, Carrot and stick, All carrot and no stick ,To know your onions, In a bit of a pickle, A hot potato, Like two peas in a pod, As red as a beetroot, As cool as a cucumber
2. Let's Learn Using English Idioms in Unit 8
1. Spill the beans
- Today is your lucky day - A lucky man is rarer than a white crow-Juvenal
- Today I'm going to spill the beans about vegetable idioms.
- spill=cause something to fall out of a container.
- When we spill the beans, we tell everything.
- When the police arreted him, he quickly spilled the beans and told them who the other thieves were.
2.- Vegging out.
- I wasn't going to make another video so soon.
- After my last video, I just felt like vegging out on the sofa.
- He has been vegged out on the sofa for most of the day.
- When we veg out, we behave like vegetables.
- I'm too tired to move. I'm just going to veg out here.
- Vegetables don't really do much, do they?
- If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village;If you would know, and not be known, live in a city. ( Charles Colton)
- They are very relaxed, vegetables.
3 - Full of beans
- Lucily for you, I'm full of beans.
- I've never met such an enthusiastic English teacher before. He is always full of beans, even in the morning.
- When we are full of beans, we are exited about something.
- Of course the kids are full of beans. They have just started their school holidays.
4. Couch potato.
- Were I not, I might have turned into a couch potato.
- Turn into- phrasel verb meaning to become something else.
- Couch potatoes are fat and lazy.
- Remote controls have tuned millions of people into couch potatoes. They never need to stand up to change chanels.
- They spend all day slumped in front of the television.
- My sister's boyfriend is a real couch potato. He does nothing except drink beer and watch football on television.
- Not me at all, really.
I find television very educational. every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book. - groucho Marx.
- I don't watch television But I do like to relax as much as anyone else. There is nothing I like more than relaxing in the sunshine with a nice cold drink.
- I'm sure you do, too.If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it. - herodotus 484-485BC
- But sometimes we have to work. A woman's work is never done.-proverb.
- If we don't work, we don't earn money.
you cannot keep us of trouble by spending more than you earn. ( John Kenneth galbraith)
5. Without a bean
- If we don't earn money, we end up without a bean.
- I haven't got a bean to spend on a holiday this year.
A - have you got any money?
B - Not a bean! (Not having a bean means not having any money)
- Motivation is the key in work. People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing- That's why we recommend it daily. ( Jig Jglar)
- Bosses can motivate their staff to work.
- I like my players to be married and it debt. That's the way you motivate them.(Ernie Banks)
6. Carrot and stick:
- They sometimes use the carrot and stick approach. (approach= way of doing something.)
- If you get this job finished, you can have the rest of the week off. (have time off= not work for a period the carrot.)
- If you don't get this job finished, you will have to work at the weekend.
- To get a donkey to move you can offer it a carrot. But it still might not move. (donkeys are very stubborn animals.)
- You might have to threaten it with a stick instead. (threaten= show you intend to cause harm.)
- That's what we mean by the carrot and stick approach.
7. All carrot and no stick
- I like making these video so much that for me it's all carrot and no stick. (everything is an incentive and encouraging)
8. To know your onions
- Of course when you are teaching English, it helps to know your onions.
- To know your onions means to know what you are talking about.
- If I didn't know my onions, I'd be in a bit of a pickle.
9. In a bit of a pickle
- Pickles are a mix of vegetables, vinegar and spices.
some pickles have one type of vegetable, others have many.
- People in a pickle are in a similar state as the vegetables in the pickle. (similar state=in the same condition)
- That is, they are all mixed up and confused. (mixed up- phrasal verb- all thrown together/confused)
- I was in a bit of a pickle when it came to some of the vegetables to include here. (when it came to=when I had to decide about something.)
10. A hot potato
- it was a bit of a hot potato deciding whether to include beans. (The issue of digital copyright is something of a hot potato)
- Hot potatoes straight from the oven are not easily held in the hand. It was simply dropped as a hot potato and not referred to.
- we have to toss them from hand to hand until they are cool enough to hold.
- The government is tossing this hot potato to the courts.
- A problem that is difficult to deal with is a hot potato.
- A problem that is difficult to deal with is a hot potato.As soon as she turned 30 they dropped her like a hot potato.
- This hot potato was, are beans really vegetables?
- Well, they are actually legumes.
legumes include beans, lentils and peanuts. They are a good source of protein and fibre ( fiber in US English).
11. Like two peas in a pod
- Legumes are plants that have their seeds in pods.
The plant seeds from the pods are the bit we eat. Beans, lentils and peanuts are all seeds. Peas are legumes, too, but most people would call them vegetables. these peas are snow peas. They are eaten with their pods. So I think it's alright to include beans in this video. These beans are called string beans, runner beans, green beans or French beans. These are also eaten with their pods. Beans and peas come from pods. Beans like red kidney beans, black beans and adzuki beans are taken out of their pods before eating. One bean is much the same as any another bean.(much the same as=so similar that you can't tell the difference between them. Two peas from the same pod are almost identical).
Ex - That is why we say that people who are very similar are like two peas in a pod.
12. As red as a beetroot
- If someone tells me different, I might be embarrassed. When I'm embarrassed I blush. (blush= to go red in the face like this woman).
- EX: I blush so much that I go as red as a beetroot.
When we compare things, we often use as, as...As big as an elephant. As small as an ant.
13. - As cool as a cucumber
- Now let's practice a little. shall we? Shall we? is a tag question. I have a video about tag questions.
- Stay as cool as a cucumber while you watch the next part. This is another example of an as, as comparision.
- If you stay calm and relaxed in difficult situations, we say you are as cool as a cucumber.
- James Bond is always as cool as a cucumber.
Here are the instructions. You will now read some sentences with the idioms missing. Use the picture to help you remember the idiom. example of an as, as comparison. If you stay calm and relaxed in difficult situations, we say you are as cool as a cucumber. James Bond is always as cool as a cucumber. Here are the instructions.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:17|
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