English Idioms are Music to my Ears

musicNote   This week’s English idioms are music to my ears, because the theme is something that I really love: music. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but they are even better than the English idioms last week! I know I am singing a different tune, because the previous weeks have been really good, but each week I am more excited for something different. I hope they are all new for you, and none of them ring a bell, but if you know them, then feel free to toot your own horn and be very proud! I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but idioms are important for everyday conversation in English. They will help you understand more native English expressions, and even make you sound more like a native speaker! With all of these English idioms to use and practice, you will want to be anywhere with bells on! Remember learning takes two to tango, so be sure to take the information I am giving you here, and practice using them in the comment section. Feel free to dance to the beat of your own drum, and be crazy and creative with your story! Alright enough with the explanation of these incredible idioms, be sure to read the definitions and extra examples below to help you really understand.

1. music to my ears : something that is pleasing to hear, information you’re happy to hear

“I was so happy to hear that Krystal and Mike were getting married, that news was music to my ears!”

2. toot [one’s] own horn : to boast/brag, or say good things about yourself

“I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I got 100% on the quiz this week, and am the student of the month. I think I am the best student at the school!”

3. sing a different tune : to change an opinion or attitude about something.

“I used to love to go to the beach every week, but after I got extremely sun-burned last week, I am singing a different tune. I think I’d prefer to stay inside.”

4. ring a bell : sounds familiar, something you’ve heard before

“Susan said we had met before, but I couldn’t remember her face. Although, her last name did ring a bell.”

5. like a broken record : to say the same thing over and over

“The teacher is always telling us to do our homework! She sounds like a broken record!”

6. be [somewhere] with bells on :  be excited to be somewhere, arrive with enthusiasm

“Krystal and Mike’s wedding will be on the beach next month. I am so excited and will be there with bells on.”

7. takes two to tango : an action takes two people with equal efforts to do something, a difficult situation where two people are equally responsible for blame

“After failing their partner project in class because Taylor was lazy, Paulo reminded him to work harder together next time because it takes two to tango.”

8. dance to the beat of [one’s] own drum : to be unique, or an individual, to do things your own way no matter what others do

“Holly really dances to the beat of her own drum, her style of clothing, and hobbies are different from anyone I’ve ever met!”


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  3. breeleelee on April 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Idioms are always fun, especially when muic is involved! 🙂

    fit as a fiddle: when someone is in perfect physical health
    “I have been eating healthy foods, exercising, and I am fit as a fiddle.”

    face the music: when someone has to accept the consequences of a bad decision
    “She was caught stealing and now she has to face the music.”

    • Jennifer on April 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      FABULOUS additions! Thank you! <3

  4. Park on April 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    what a interesting idioms!!

    • Jennifer on April 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Park! Glad you liked them! Can you try and use some in a sentence? 🙂

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