quinta-feira, 12 de agosto de 2010


An idiom is a phrase that has a different meaning than the literal. The majority of idioms are marks of a language and can not be translated into other languages. Therefore the non-native speakers of the language may have difficulty to understand the meaning of some idioms.
Sometimes idioms can make difficult the translation of a song, text and even a movie. How many times have you seen a movie or series and a part of the subtitles simply made no sense?
Idioms are very present in daily life. In informal conversations or even in more formal situations the idioms are widely used.

Some idioms and their meanings:

Blue Moon: A rare event.
Go The Extra Mile: Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.
Head Over Heels: Very excited, especially when in love.
Lend Me Your Ear: To ask for someone's full attention.
Out Of The Blue: Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.
Raining Cats and Dogs: A very loud and noisy rain storm.
With Flying Colors: Successfully
True Colors: Without masks, in reality
A White Lie: A lie to avoid hurting somebody’s feelings
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine: I have no idea.
White Elephant: Useless
White Wedding: Traditional wedding
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover: Decisions shouldn't be made primarily on appearance.
Rome Was Not Built In One Day: If you want something to be completely properly, then it is going to take time.