Beatlemania was a portmanteau, or blend, word coined in the 1960s to describe the state of excitement (mania) felt by a group of hardcore fans about their favourite band (The Beatles). Here at LOS we are so enthusiastic about teaching English idioms that we have created our own blend word, based on the one inspired by The Fab Four, to headline our new audio programme; Idiomania. Each week or so, we will record an episode which highlights an everyday concept or setting, and then explore some of the common idioms and proverbs (and antonyms) surrounding that scenario. So don't be frightened to try us out. Or should I say 'fortune favours the brave'; or 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'; or...I'll stop now, before my idiomania gets out of control! Or 'out of hand'; or 'runs riot'... Help me!

Episode 5: Travel

Heavy lifting, emotional baggage, hit one's stride, take something in stride, globetrotting parents

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Episode 4: Life-Long Learning

Up to date, brush up on something, do something in one’s sleep, learn/know the ropes, reach for the stars, to be a little rusty, behind the times

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Episode 3: What's your version?

The beast from the East, an ambivert, wouldn't say boo to a goose, a wallflower, as quiet as a church mouse, be full of oneself, be backward in coming forward, the light and soul of the party

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Episode 2: Talent

A natural, have a gift for something, first-rate, second-rate, one's bag, one's cup of tea, be cut out for something

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Episode 1: Procrastination

Procrastination, dragging one's heels, dilly-dallying, shilly-shallying, a stitch in time saves nine, let things slide

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