Idiomania

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!

Contact us to get all PDF worksheets, teacher notes as well as online support from the language consultants that created the following materials. 

Episode 9: Productivity 

breathe down one's neck, push the envelope, go the extra mile, up to scratch, sleep on something, do the donkey or grunt work

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Episode 8: Disagreement 

Have a beef with somebody about something, walk on eggshells, see eye to eye with someone about something, agree to disagree, rock the boat

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Episode 7: Nuanced Communication 

Talk over/at/to/with someone, get straight to the point, beat about/around the bush, read between the lines, get one's wires crossed about something, be on the same wavelength

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Episode 6: Habits & Routines

Practice makes perfect & progress, turn over a new leaf, begin with a clean sheet, start with a clean slate, as regular as clockwork

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Episode 5: Travel

Emotional 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?

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

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

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