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

Idioms are very important when speaking English.

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

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…

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:

On the ball

Idiom 2:

Make a long story short

Idiom 3:

It takes one to know one

Idiom 4:

Add insult to injury

Idiom 5:

Better late than never

Idiom 6:

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

Idiom 7:

Take a rain check

Idiom 8:

Every dog has his day

Idiom 9:

He’s sitting on the fence

Idiom 10:

Know which way the wind is blowing

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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