One of the readings in class today said “For most people, the truth about genetically engineered food is hard to swallow.” This is a reminder that as well as understanding the vocabulary itself, you must be aware of the meanings of idioms and phrases. If something is “hard to swallow”, it means it is difficult to believe. You can look up the meanings of idioms using a web site such as The Free Dictionary. English Club Online also has a great reference sections with explanations for phrasal verbs and slang as well as idioms. There is also a board outside the English Centre with idioms related to a certain theme. This week it is “green”. Just what does it mean to “go green”?
An idiom is a group of words which, when used together, has a different meaning from the one which the individual words have. In Hatchet, Brian’s English teacher pointed out the need for him to “stay on top of things” (p. 39). Learning idioms takes time and practice. Here are two sites that can help you.
The idiom site