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The 10 Funniest English Sayings and Their Meanings

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                                   The 10 Funniest English Sayings And Their Meanings
                                                            By Marie Roehampton



   Learning English vocabulary let alone the grammar that goes along with it can be difficult enough,
but when presented with some of the common English sayings that don't seem to make much sense
can be cause for a little confusion. The confusion is especially prevalent in those learning how to
speak the English language, so it is good to know what some of the common sayings mean in order to
not be left in the dark.

"I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole."

This saying is very common, especially if the "that" referred to in the sentence is something that is not
liked. Maybe it is a garbage can or a person that is strongly disliked. Obviously, the person making the
statement will not go within ten feet.

"I'm happy as a clam."

A clam? How is a clam happy? A clam sits at the bottom of the ocean doing absolutely nothing. It
doesn't have to go to work every day, it doesn't get sick, it doesn't know what stress is, and it gets to
"chill out" at the bottom of the sea. That is true happiness.

"In order to get the handsome prince, you have to kiss a lot of toads."

This saying is referring to how many times a woman must survive bad relationships before she finds
the right man to be in her life. She is referring to the men in the bad relationships as toads and the
"one" the handsome prince.

"A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory."

This saying rings very true in that those who have a clear conscience obviously do not remember the
various indiscretions in their life. In other words, they are deceiving themselves to think they have
nothing to feel guilty about.

"When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane."


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This saying in its literal sense makes one think of driving the wrong way on a one way street or
highway. However, in reference to life, if everything negative is coming at the person at once, then they
are doing something wrong or moving in the wrong direction.

"Death is hereditary."

There is not a single person who has been immortal. This saying deals with the morbid fact that
everyone dies, therefore it is considered "hereditary."

"When in doubt, tell the truth."

This saying, coined by Mark Twain, was his sarcastic way of telling liars who forgot or questioned the
contents of their lie to simply tell the truth.

"Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed."

It is inevitable that we will not live forever, although there are so many people who hope for it and even
do all they can to live forever. However, death is a part of life and those who try to conquer it will fail in
their attempts.

"To bite off more than one can chew."

This saying refers to taking on a task that is just too big. If someone decides to climb a mountain and
they've never climbed a mountain before, they have bitten off more than they can chew.

"Beat around the bush."

When beating around the bush, a person is avoiding talking about something unpleasant, so they don't
refer directly to the subject at hand.

These are some of the most humorous and common English sayings that many encounter from
day-to-day. Being familiar with them and knowing their meanings can help a person learning English
understand what others are referring to when they use these sayings in their everyday language.
Maybe then they can use the sayings in their own conversations.

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                                       Immersion is the Key to Learning English
                                                    By Amy Nutt



English is a challenging language to learn. Those who try to learn English find that the many
grammatically rules are often broken, so the minute you think you have enough knowledge to speak
the language well, you come across an exception to the rule. Add to that the fact that people rarely
speak English correctly, and you are facing an incredibly tough challenge. The best way to learn
English is to immerse yourself in the language. You can use the best online English school, pass every
English lesson, and know everything about English grammar, but you will not be able to speak well
unless you surround yourself with the language.

Surround Yourself with Good English Speakers

 Even if you are trying to learn English online, you need to surround yourself with people who not only
speak English, but also speak English well. If you know people that live near you who are native
English speakers, spend time with them, and ask them to speak English when you do. If this is not
possible, use your online English school as a place to go to surround yourself with English speakers
and text written in English. Listen to recordings of people speaking English or talk to English speakers
on the phone. This will help you learn not only proper grammar, but also correct pronunciation.

Learn a Variety of Words

 If you want to be a good English speaker who can speak like a native when needed, you need to learn
to speak using a variety of terms and vocabulary words. The more limited your vocabulary is, the more
like a foreigner you will sound when you speak. Focus on the traditional vocabulary found in your
English lessons, but also learn from native speakers. Learn how to use slang terms properly, as this is
a key aspect of speaking like a native speaker. Avoid using too much slang, though, as this is tacky
and can make it look as though you are trying too hard.

 As you learn the language, focus not only on the words and their meanings, but also the way the
words come together to make phrases. For instance, the word "kick" can mean many different things
depending on how it is used in a phrase. When you say, "He kicked the ball," you are using the word
as a verb that means to strike the ball with the foot. On the other hand, you could say, "I get a kick out
of that T.V. show." This means that you enjoy the T.V. show, and has nothing to do with striking
something with a foot. Learning how phrases come together in English will come with continued
submersion in the language.

Start Thinking in English

 Thinking in a language is the only way to truly learn it. When you can start thinking in English, you will
start getting a true grasp of the language. If you have to take every English phrase you hear and
translate it mentally into your native tongue, or if you must take your native tongue and translate it into
English in your mind before you speak, you will find it difficult to truly grasp the language's grammar.

Devote Enough Time to Immersion

The more time you can spend immersed in English, either through spending time with native


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speakers, listening to recordings of English being spoken, or reading the language, the faster you will
successfully learn it. Every chance you get, interact with the language. If you are on the Internet,
search English sites. If you are reading the newspaper, choose an English publication. Simply logging
in to your online English school or heading to your daily English lesson is not sufficient. You must learn
to think in English, and that only happens by spending quality time with the language every single day.

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