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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
IDIOMS WITH PARTS OF THE BODY
¿Qué es un idiom?
Un "idiom" o "idiomatic expression" es una frase idiomática utilizada en lenguaje coloquial informal. En general, el significado de la frase en sí es diferente al significado normal de cada palabra por separado. Por ejemplo, "to let the cat out of the bag" significa "revelar un secreto". Si traducimos palabra por palabra, sería "dejar salir al gato de la bolsa", lo cual es incorrecto.

La dificultad para los estudiantes de inglés radica en que no pueden traducirse literalmente y deben aprenderse de memoria, aunque en algunos casos existen equivalentes muy similares en el idioma español.

Lee las explicaciones de cada idiom y luego realiza el ejercicio.

Idioms with TONGUE

  • to bite one's tongue = try hard not to say what one thinks, blame oneself for having said something embarrassing.
  • to get one's tongue around something = be able to say a difficult word.
    I couldn't get my tongue around the names of the villages we'd been to.
  • to have something on the tip of one's tongue = just about to be spoken or remembered.
    His name's on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't think of it!
  • to hold one's tongue = say nothing.
  • to set tongues wagging = encourage people to gossip.
    Their scandalous affair has really set tongues wagging.
  • a slip of the tongue = minor error in speech.
    A slip of the tongue made me say Robert instead of Richard.
  • with (one's) tongue in (one's) cheek = not intending to be taken seriously.
    Don't be fooled by all his complimentary remarks, they were all said with tongue in cheek.

 

Exercise
Choose the right answer.

1. The royal divorce will certainly .

2. I'm sorry, that was a mistake. It was really .

3. I wanted to argue with him, but I had to .

4. These names are so difficult to say that I will never .

5. I think you should learn to .

6. I can't remember this actor's name, but I have it .

7. Don't take it seriously, he was talking .

Score:
   
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