What is one of the favorite things EFL students like to learn? In my opinion, it is normally songs. This isn’t a how to sing section. However, we can examine some of the ESL Idioms that revolve around music.
#1 Chin music– This is used in baseball. This normally means if a pitcher nearly hits a batter near the chin.
Example: Eric is such a wild pitcher. He loves to give the batters chin music when he is doing bad.
#2 Music to someone’s ears– This is when something good happens.
Example: Eric’s Dad told him he could use his dad’s car for a date. Eric felt like it was music to his ears.
#3 Blow one’s own horn– This means to brag about something.
Eric thinks that Justin is always blowing his horn about how great he is at baseball. Eric hates it.
#4 All that jazz- This refers to many things being related to one thing.
Example: Eric likes to not worry about much besides playing baseball when he is on the field. He doesn’t want to worry about all that jazz like technique, rules, etc.
#5 On the horns of a dilemma- This is when you are forced to make a choice with two probable undesirable outcomes.
Example: Eric played baseball for too long today. Now, he has to decide to spend the next 30 minutes studying for his Math test, or his History test. He will probably do poorly on both.
#6 Fine-tune– This is when something is already good. But, you want to make it better.
Example: Eric’s friend Justin is a great pitcher. Justin just needs to fine-tune a few of his pitches.
#7 Lock horns– This is to battle or argue about something.
Example: Eric and Justin are both very strong-minded. They always lock horns about who is the better baseball player.
# 8 Face the music- It is time to accept undesirable actions of one’s actions.
Example: Eric took his dad’s car without asking. It is time for him to face the music.
What is your favorite idiom? What one makes you laugh the most?