Are you looking to offer your students some fun with English idioms? Test their knowledge with this quiz:
1. Your teacher thinks that you and your classmates are ❛full of beans❜. What does she mean?
a) you are full of energy and enthusiasm
b) you are not working hard enough
c) you have had a big lunch - yes, lots of beans!
d) you are very clever
2. If you are ❛actively involved in an activity❜ at school, your teacher might say that you are...
a) as busy as a fly
b) as busy as a spider
c) as busy as a bee
d) as busy as a grasshopper
3. Students who ❛are all ears❜....
a) have big ears
b) love q-tips
c) are listening carefully
d) are dreaming
4. To wish you good luck before performing in your school play, your teacher tells you to...
a) break an arm
b) break an ankle
c) break a shoulder
d9 break a leg
5. What or who is a ❛couch potato❜?
a) a variety of potato
b) a piece of furniture
c) another word for ❛onion❜
d) someone who is lazy
6. For years, people have been telling you to use ❛the magic word❜. What exactly is that word?
7. If a friend of yours says that you are ❛cool as a cucumber❜, he is saying that you are...
d) a fruit (or vegetable?)
8. When a friend ❛crosses her fingers❜ for you, she ...
a) hopes that things will turn out just as you hope they will
b) is wishing you bad luck
c) hopes that you will go away
d) is not telling the truth
9. When your teacher tells you to ❛put your thinking cap on, he is telling you...
a) to put a hat on - it’s cold outside!
b) to brush your hair
c) to concentrate and think about something
d) to work harder
10. If someone says ❛All that glitters is not gold❜, he means...
a) money is not everything
b) not everything that looks good really is good
c) be happy with what you have
d) gold is not beautiful
Find the answers here.
Find a great follow-up exercise here.
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Proverbs are well-known sayings that either refer to common knowledge or give advice. They are phrases that are based on the lessons mankind has learned and are so well-known because they contain truth and can be applied to activities and events in our daily lives. Here is a list of 15 common English proverbs, which can also be referred to as ❛words of wisdom❜:
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
This proverb means that ❛it is better to keep what you have instead of risking it by trying to get something better.❜ For more information on this idiom, click here.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
The meaning of this English proverb is that ❛if someone is foolish or silly, he will lose his money very soon.❜
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
The message behind this proverb is that ❛if you eat healthy food, you will stay healthy.❜ This proverb is a good one to remember when you are reaching for another piece of chocolate!
All that glitters is not gold.
Not everything that shines or looks beautiful is truly ❛good❜ or ❛golden.❜ Therefore, ❛be careful not to be fooled by appearances❜!
Better safe than sorry.
This one has to be every mother’s favorite. It means that ❛one shouldn’t take unnecessary risks - it is better to be cautious and safe...than to regret something bad that has happened❜.
Do unto others as you would have them do to you
This is an old proverb that seems to be a basic principle in all cultures and religions. It means that ❛you should treat other people in the same respectful way that you would like to
Haste makes waste.
When you want to warn someone not to do a job or task too quickly because it will result in sloppy work, you can use this English proverb.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
This English proverb tells you to be thankful for the gifts that you receive. Don’t complain or show that you are unhappy when someone gives you a present that you don’t like. That’s called ❛looking a gift horse in the mouth.❜
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Don’t risk everything at once by betting on only one option. The opposite of putting all of your eggs in one basket is to diversify or spread your risk. Many an investor has wished that he hadn’t put all of his eggs in one basket!
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
This proverb is one of the easier ones to understand - if you fail, you should try again and, eventually, you will succeed. It’s a good phrase to remember when you need some motivation!
Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.
The expression conveys the idea that, ❛if you are careful about how you spend your pence or pennies, you won’t have money problems.❜
There’s no point crying over spilt milk.
In essence, this proverb means that ❛when something has happened, it has happened❜ or ❛what is done is done❜. Crying about it won’t change it...unfortunately!
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
When you want to say that ❛what is appropriate for others is also appropriate for you❜, you can use this English proverb.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
This expression means that you should ❛behave in the same way as those around you❜.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
This is saying that means that ❛anything is possible when you really want it❜.