Idioms

Stay cool with these summer phrases

Learn cool American English phrases that describe summer in the U.S.

Score a goal with the language of soccer

You don’t have to play football — or soccer — to speak the language of the world’s most popular sport. Just use any of these common soccer-related phrases.

Get your feet wet with these ocean-inspired phrases

“Getting your feet wet” doesn’t have to involve water. Americans use the phrase to say they’re trying something new. Here are other ocean-inspired idioms.

You don’t have to pay top dollar to learn English

It's often said that if you want the best, you have to "pay top dollar." But some of the best things in life — such as learning English — are indeed free.

Branch out with these tree-inspired phrases

Ready to “branch out” and try something new? Try using one of these tree-inspired phrases to convey ideas creatively and lightheartedly like Americans do.

There’s no free lunch — but talking like an American doesn’t...

It's true that “there is no free lunch.” But it doesn't cost anything to sound like an American with these expressions containing the word “free.”

Get handy phrases straight from the horse’s mouth

Americans use a variety of expressions about animals to convey ideas creatively and lightheartedly. Here are five common ones.

Color your conversations with the many shades of American speech

Most issues aren’t black or white, meaning they are not always clear-cut. That might be why Americans use these color-based idioms in their everyday speech.

It’s raining cats and dogs with these weather-based phrases

Americans use weather-related words and phrases to describe things other than the weather. You should know these if you’re learning American English.