Sounding natural in English

Natural English in Englishour

First of all, what is idiomatic English and how does it differ from ‘normal’ English?
Idiomatic language is language which sounds completely natural and with a particular style. Also, idiomatic language often doesn’t translate directly from other languages. For this reason, learners of English often find idiomatic language more difficult as it doesn’t directly relate to their own language. For example, idiomatically you might say he kept me in the dark whereas normally it is he didn’t tell me. Normally you might say I said something embarrassingly stupid whereas idiomatically it is I put my foot in it.
Native speakers of English love using idiomatic English because it’s shorter and the images are often more powerful. For example, I have enough money to survive financially becomes I’m getting by.
In Englishour the secrets of idiomatic language are revealed making it easy for the learner to speak like a native speaker.
Why not test yourself now and see how much idiomatic English you already know? In the two columns below, try to match the phrases with their idiomatic counterparts:

Normal speak --- Idiomatic speak
He has a surprising skill/past--- He let the cat out of the bag
He got really angry--- He has a lot on his plate
He is extremely lazy--- He heard it straight from the horse’s mouth
He (accidentally) told the secret--- He hit the roof
He is really busy--- He’s a dark horse
He got it from source--- He is a couch potato

Idiomatic English is fun and is just one of the elements of language focused on in Englishour. In Englishour, students can expect to be taught all of the skills, speaking, writing, reading and listening in both a formal and informal context. Put simply, when searching for an English course in Dublin, Englishour is head and shoulders above the rest! :-)

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