Learn useful expressions in English 

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As with every language, English speakers have a variety of expressions we use which can cause confusion to those learning. We’ve collected some of the staff at Avalon School’s favourites for you here. Try and use them next time you’re talking English!


Holiday blues      

A type of sad mood that people get coming back home after a fantastic holiday. “This weather in London is really giving me the holiday blues after a wonderful week in Hawaii”.



Up in the air

Something which is uncertain or undecided. “We had arranged to go visit Oxford, but there’s a train strike and now everything is up in the air”.


To stab someone in the back

To do something bad to someone who trusts you. “I was in trouble and I asked my friends for help, but they all stabbed me in the back”.


Go with the flow

To do what other people are doing or to agree with other people because it is the easiest thing to do. “I didn’t want to go out, but everyone else did so I just went with the flow.”



Head in the clouds

To live in a fantasy world, out of touch with reality. “Mike thinks the company will pay for all the expenses of his round-the-world trip. I think he has his head in the clouds. They would never do that!”


Ring a Bell

To cause someone to remember something or for it to seem familiar. “I’ve never met John Franklin, but his name rings a bell”.



Icing on the cake

Something that makes a good situation even better or a bad situation even worse. “Not only was I offered a higher salary, but the additional bonus I got was the icing on the cake”.


Storm in a teacup

A lot of fuss being made about something that is not important. “Oh don’t listen to that guy. He’s always making a storm in a teacup”.

One Response to “Learn useful expressions in English ”

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