hello everyone could you gimme exsample idioms and american slang 
Mar 22, 2019 1:47 PM
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Honestly, I don't think it's very effective to learn idioms this way and I suggest to not use slang before you're upper intermediate or advanced. It's really difficult to understand the right context in which idiomatic or colloquial expressions could be used. So, if you use idioms you'll more often than not sound awkward to native speakers. I think it's better to read a lot and watch a lot of films and then look up the expressions you repeatedly stumble upon. This way you'll get an idea on the context in which the expressions are used and you rather learn more frequent ones. Also note, that idioms and slang differ from country to country.

Having said that, if you still are interested in memorising idioms out of context you can start with these resources:

March 22, 2019

I agree with the other input that suggests you not bother with idioms and double meanings. . I’m also surprised how some foreigners who seem to be interested in learning the English  language think it’s cool to use slang abbreviated words such as “gonna” and “wanna”  

and you haven’t even mastered the language yet but use “garbage” words. Is this so you can blend in and convince us you know the language well enough ? 

My suggestion is to go back to the fundamentals and cut out all this alternative  slang. You are not impressing us by any means 

March 22, 2019

Three random idioms.

"That will happen when hell freezes over."

That's a strong way to disagree with something predicted or promised.  According to old traditions, hell is a place in the afterlife where bad people go, and it is described a place of flames where everything burns forever, so it can't freeze. 

"Wait and see, in a year you'll switch from an iPhone to Samsung."

"Never! No way! When hell freezes over."

"It's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk."

On the US, on very hot summer days, in big cities, with direct sunlight on concrete that has had days to heat up, it is just barely possible. In the old days, during heat waves, newspapers liked to show pictures of it. Obviously you don't eat the egg, the sidewalk is too dirty.

"I think that's a red flag."

Someone has seen something in a contract or a legal document that looks bad. It looks like a reason not to sign the document. In the old days, people waved a red flag in front of a railroad train as a signal that it needed to stop.

"It looks like a great used car, but the paperwork says it is being sold 'as is.'"

"Oh, I think that's a red flag. I would never buy a car 'as is.' Buy one that at least has a thirty-day guarantee."

March 22, 2019

Here is one: 

Play it by ear: It means that you are not making any plans and just going to do things as they come. 

"Lets not make any plans today. I want to play it by ear"

March 22, 2019

Idioms can wait until you are at an advanced level. As for slang, don’t use it. 
March 26, 2019
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