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Kids' English Idiom Art Contest Video

In the video below, you can see some of the great compositions that were received in this year’s contest:


Kids' English idiom Art Contest - Winners Announced!

Many thanks go out to all of the talented children and their schools who submitted their entries for the Kids' English Idiom Art Contest 2013! We received so many beautiful compositions from all over the world. Every single one had something special and unique about it...and every child who submitted an entry to this contest deserves a pat on the back for a job very well done! It was a difficult job, indeed, to select winners among all of the wonderful compositions. Below, however, you will find the three official contest winners. A detailed overview of this year’s contest and its submissions (including many pictures!) will follow shortly. So, without further ado, here are the winners of the Kids' English Idiom Art Contest 2013:

First Place:

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Artist: Ada, age 9
School: School Herastrau, Romania

Second Place:

Title: Gold on a Chameleon’s Back (a self-created English idiom, meaning something valuable in an unwanted person)
Artist: Geethma, age 10
School: Sampath Rekha International Art Academy, Sri Lanka

Third Place:

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Title: A Picture Says a Thousand Words
Artist: Alema, age 11
School: Kapolei Middle School, U.S.A.

A video showing a small sampling of the many beautiful entries submitted to this contest has already been posted on youtube. Check it out by clicking on the following link: http://youtu.be/66c6I4g2Yno


Kids' English Idiom Art Contest 2013 - Entry Deadline Approaching!

Attention teachers and school children - don’t forget to send in your entries for this year’s Kids' English Idiom Art Contest! All entries must be received by 22 November 2013. For some inspiration, check out last year’s entries:

To learn how you and your class can participate, please refer to the Kids’ English Idiom Art Contest Rules 2013 here.


On the...

On the house

When someone tells you that something is on him, he is telling you that he is paying for it. For example:

When entered Mama Rosa’s Restaurant, Luigi proudly turned to us and said that dinner
was on him.

In some situations, a business might also offer you one of its products or services for free. Which of the following English idioms could you use
when a business, e.g. a restaurant or a bar, gives you something for free?

When a business does not charge you for something, e.g. a meal or a drink, the free product or service is said to be...

a) on the hook
b) on the hill
c) on the hop
d) on the house

Check your answer here.


A Car or Truck that Consumes a lot of Fuel

High fuel consumption

According to consumerreports.org,
the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the road today is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. What would you call a car or truck that uses a lot of fuel?

A vehicle that is expensive to drive because it uses a lot of fuel can be called...

a) a gas sizzler
b) a gas gulper
c) a gas guzzler
d) a gas boozer

Check your answer here.