English Idioms

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English idioms are expressions that cannot be understood literally. They are things that native speakers say as expressions that don’t actually make sense when said but each idiom has a very specific meaning and context in which it is used. 

In this lesson, you are going to learn some English idioms that are about age. You will learn what they mean and how they are used so that you will be able to use them in a conversation.

Here is the English lesson in text form. You can read the transcript here:

Hey guys, it’s teacher Monica. And in today’s lesson, we are going to be looking at some English idioms.

Really quickly, and what are idioms. They are expressions that cannot be understood, literally, so let’s take a look at an example, hit the nail on the head. So this expression or idiom actually has nothing to do with a hammer or nail it actually has to do with being right. So when someone says, you hit the nail on the head or they hit the nail on the head. It means that they got something, exactly right or exactly correct.

Now, Let’s say that you and I are having a conversation. And you just took an English exam and then you say to me, Monica, guess what I’ve got on my English exam. Guess what my score is. And I say, well, you’re very smart. So, I think you got an A, and you say yes, you hit the nail on the head. That is exactly right. I got an A, so you guys can see with this expression. It means that someone got something correct.

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Now, let’s go ahead and get started with our first English idiom, which is in the prime of one’s life. Now, that means to be a one’s best to be healthy and successful. So here is a sample sentence.

He’s just turned 40, and he’s in the prime of his life, his business is doing very well. So, this is talking about someone’s success someone doing very well, and we say that when someone is in the prime of their life. Now one really important thing to note these subjects in the personal, the possessive pronoun need to match.

Okay, the possessive pronoun and the subject. Now in this example we say he. And then we say he is in the prime of his life so we’re showing possession his life. If you’re talking about you, then you would have to say, I am in the prime of my life. If I’m talking about you, then I would say you are in the prime of your lives. So just make sure that the subject, and the possessive pronoun match each other.

If for any reason, they don’t, your listener is going to have a very difficult time understanding what you’re actually trying to say right because if you say something like, I am in the prime of your life, then that is really confusing Is it me or is it you who are we talking about in this in this conversation. Okay, so just to avoid any confusion. Make sure that you have those two correctly together.

 Now the next idiom is young at heart. And here’s an example. Although she is 80 years old. She is still young at heart. And this just means to be young, like, let’s say for example this 80 year old woman is swimming every day and she’s very active and doing things that most people her age, don’t normally do. We would refer to her as a young heart. Okay. He is very young at heart or he is still young at heart. He goes, jogging, every morning and he’s 90 years old. So that is an example and we usually use this with older people, because we’re we’re referring to them in a way that they’re still very young when they’re actually old Okay, now I want to point out a very important thing here. This has to do with age. I see a lot of people make this mistake. So notice in this sentence. She is 80 years old. One important thing to remember is that in English. We always say, years old. So how old are you, I am 80, years old, or he is 80 years old. We do not say 80 years, or I am 80 years, you are at yours, we need to have old in there it’s just the way we speak English. Another thing that’s very important, especially if you come from a Latin background a Latin romance language background.
We do not say I have my age. We do not say I have 80 years. He has 80 years we say, I am, or he is, we use the verb to be with age. Okay. 

Very important to remember that way. You are sounding and speaking more like a native speaker and you’re going to sound more natural. So remember that, very important. Now our next idiom is getting on in years. And that just means to get older. You’ve probably noticed to see a theme. All of these idioms, are age related. Okay, so my brother is getting on in years and has a lot of gray hair now so I’m it’s just another way of me saying that he’s getting older. My brother is getting older, or getting on in years and now he has a lot of gray hair. You can say my uncle is getting on in years he can no longer go jogging every day. All right, so that’s just another way of saying that someone is getting older. 

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