Idioms are set phrases that are specific to each language and culture that regularly share a common language. These phrases are not intended to be taken literally. Idioms are a form of figurative language that breathe life into the language that they are commonly spoken in. They offer hidden meanings in the words that are spoken. A common example is "That was a piece of cake!”" When interpreted by the listener or reader it would mean that what ever action was performed was simple or very easy. Each language has a set of well-known idioms present. The English language has tens of thousands, at last count. More are being created daily for example a recent idiom is, "hug it out". Which means come to a quick agreement. Though idioms often function as a metaphor, they are not considered to be one. Idioms require total familiarity with a culture in order to be correctly interpreted because the individual definitions of the words are not supporting the comparison. Instead, it relies on shared cultural references to make its point.
This collection of worksheets will introduce your students to common English idioms. After finishing this section students should have a solid grasp on this skill and be ready to get to that next level of language development. Project idea: Have your students choose a favorite idiom and research its origin. Note that some have many different theories as to where and how they developed. I bet you never could have guessed the history on that one?