Are you ready to improve your English and use English like a first language speaker? We hope so! Let’s learn 10 new English idioms that you can use in your daily life…

Many English speakers hear idioms from their parents and teachers while growing up, so they are very familiar with these idioms and connect emotionally to them.

Idioms help you express yourself in new ways, they add emotion to your speech, and they help English speakers connect with you on a deeper level.

Idioms are very commonly used when speaking English.

In the comments, try to explain what each one of these idioms mean.

10 useful English idioms to use in your daily life

Idiom 1:

Time flies when you’re having fun

Idiom 2:

To make matters worse

Idiom 3:

Every cloud has a silver lining

Idiom 4:

Barking up the wrong tree

Idiom 5:

Bite the bullet

Idiom 6:

You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar

Idiom 7:

The ball is in your court

Idiom 8:

Curiosity killed the cat

Idiom 9:

Waste not, want not

Idiom 10:

Make hay while the sun shines

There you have it! Time to put your idioms to use and impress your friends, teachers or colleagues!

If you already know these phrases and would like some more help, we recommend looking through other phrases articles, mixing-and-matching phrases, and working together with private tutors.

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