Fun with idioms
If a friend of yours, who was about to move to Australia, said he was getting cold feet, would you say "Never mind, you can get some Uggs when you get there," or would you talk to him about his feelings of trepidation?
Well, a person who gets cold feet has feelings of doubt about something he or she is about to do. So warm boots won't really help. Many English idioms use surprising or amusing language. In this month's issue, you can practise English idioms by playing a game designed by Spotlight author Stephanie Shellabear.
With the 56 cards that you can cut out or tear out and keep, you can play a memory/matching game. On each of the 28 red cards, there is a sentence and part of an idiom. For example: "Lynne was very nervous before her exam. She had butterflies in her..."
The missing part of the idioms are on the blue cards. The players take it in turns to turn over one red card and one blue card and decide whether the cards match. The small pictures in the corners of the cards help you. If a player finds a matching pair, he or she can practise saying it in the first person singular. For example: "I was very nervous before my exam. I had butterflies in my..."
The more you play the game, the better you will become at using the idioms when you speak English. You can see how well you know your idioms in the exercise on the next page.