Idioms 2
New 30-Day Challenge

Learn 150 really useful idioms - the secret to advanced English

(And get the idioms 1 challenge as a free gift!)

30 days of lessons


Get a video lesson and an exercise every day, as well as lots and lots of reviews.

Useful, modern idioms


Make your English more interesting and understand native speakers with 150 really useful, common idioms.

Scientific techniques


Remember the idioms, even if you think you have a bad memory. And learn memory techniques that will help you forever.

"Why are idioms important in English?"


Idioms are phrases like 'once in a blue moon', where you can't guess the meaning of the whole phrase even if you know all the words.


Idioms are very important in English, because native speakers use them in every conversation, and it's hard to understand English if you don't understand them.


Idioms are also really fun! They make your English more interesting and colourful.

 
   
     

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Exciting, I was looking forward to doing every new part, perfectly organized with easy explanations. Well-prepared exercises helped a lot. My self-confidence has improved enormously.

   
   
     

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Dear Seonaid, thanks a lot! Most of all I liked your utter friendliness, clearness, and the system of memorizing idioms perfectly organised by you.

   
   
     

Dalane, from Brazil

     
     

I liked the short lessons. It's easy to keep up with them each day. This topic is really important in order to not have a stiff conversation, be more natural. I could use many of them in conversations with native-speakers.

   
 

You'll be able to ...


Understand films and series more easily.

You'll know a lot of very common idioms and expressions that are usually hard to understand.

Understand native speakers more easily.

Native speakers use idioms a lot, every day, in almost every conversation. You'll be able to easily understand a lot of those idioms.

Speak more interesting English.

Idioms are fun! They make your English more expressive and get very, very good reactions from native speakers.

Remember the idioms that you learn!

You get everything you need to memorise the idioms so you can use them without difficulty when you're speaking, even if you think you have a bad memory.

Feel good that you've learned something new!

We get such good feedback from the challenges! We're sure you'll think it's fun and useful. We'll be delighted if you join us!

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I'm a British native speaker of English. I have a Master's degree (MPhil) from Cambridge University in English and Linguistics and I've been teaching English for many years.


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Idioms 2 Challenge Curriculum

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  Introduction
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  Flashcards
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  Day 1 (fat chance, dead to the world, have the upper hand, a case in point, a world of difference)
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  Day 2 (sweep under the carpet, take the wind out of someone's sails, a bone of contention, dodge a bullet, no strings attached)
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  Day 3 (blow your own trumpet, by the skin of your teeth, have something up your sleeve, be torn, shoot yourself in the foot)
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  Day 4 (over my dead body, raring to go, be head and shoulders above, at a loss for words, common ground)
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  Day 5 (same difference, baptism of fire, tough it out, go behind someone's back, get off your high horse)
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  Day 6 (make a pig's ear of something, steal someone's thunder, nearest and dearest, put it mildly, win by a landslide)
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  Day 7 (go back a long way, take a shine to, hit the right note, fill someone in, go out like a light)
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  Day 8 (cross that bridge when you come to it, catch someone red-handed, cast your mind back, be an old hand at, put your feet up)
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  Day 9 (bite the hand that feeds you, go off the rails, hold your own, make ends meet, fly by the seat of your pants)
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  Day 10 (a ballpark figure, take your mind off it, take heart, in the nick of time, a loose cannon)
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  Day 11 (a page-turner, get your head round something, in no uncertain terms, put your mind to it, be like chalk and cheese)
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  Day 12 (throw money around; play second fiddle to; time will tell; fall off the radar; blood, sweat and tears)
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  Day 13 (go up in the world, word for word, so far so good, pick holes, hit the spot)
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  Day 14 (like it or lump it, have two left feet, pull rank, hit and miss, be strapped for cash)
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  Day 15 (last but not least, see the writing on the wall, two heads are better than one, as thick as thieves, round the clock)
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  Day 16 (play it safe, know something inside out, on its last legs, have a sweet tooth, be rolling in it)
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  Day 17 (scare the life out of someone, fall into your lap, blow your mind, be the spitting image of, bark up the wrong tree)
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  Day 18 (hold your tongue, get your skates on, have a sinking feeling, run around like a headless chicken, in leaps and bounds)
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  Day 19 (split hairs, out of your own pocket, the name escapes you, with bated breath, once in a blue moon)
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  Day 20 (keep your chin up, a storm in a teacup, like two peas in a pod, be on the blink, the penny drops)
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  Day 21 (can't lay your hands on something, know which side your bread is buttered, spare no expense, take a rain check, in your heart of hearts)
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  Day 22 (hopping mad, win hands down, breathe down someone's neck, double whammy, go the whole hog)
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  Day 23 (get to grips with, highly strung, a wild goose chase, a death trap, rock bottom)
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  Day 24 (turn over a new leaf, head over heels, the tip of the iceberg, on the house, hot off the press)
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  Day 25 (till the cows come home, something fishy, clear the air, given half a chance, put someone in their place)
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  Day 26 (a last-ditch attempt, knock someone for six, part and parcel, go down a treat, drop a clanger)
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  Day 27 (a flash in the pan, drop a bombshell, in one fell swoop, tie the knot, watch your back)
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  Day 28 (right off the bat, the elephant in the room, see reason, bury your head in the sand, when all is said and done)
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  Day 29 (the icing on the cake, wet behind the ears, be under no illusion, run its course, an own goal)
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  Day 30 (for a split second, a square meal, in full swing, sit on the fence, take your eye off the ball)
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Adina, from Romania

     
     

I learned a lot... it was extremely useful. Now I understand way better what native speakers say.

   
   
     

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The course is very useful for me. I've improved my understanding a lot. Thank you!

   
 
 
   
     

Frequently Asked Questions

     
     

   
   
     
               
         

The challenge starts non the 1st of May 2021 and you get a new lesson every day for thirty days.

       
               
         

You can keep the challenge forever and study it whenever you like. It doesn't matter if you don't finish in thrity days - you can do it later.

       
       
         

There's a short video and an exercise every day, plus reviews. It will take about fifteen or twenty minutes.

       
               
         

We have thousands of happy students! But if you do decide that the challenge isn't what you need, we offer a full 30-day guarantee. Just send us an email and we'll give you your money back.

       
               
         

Yes! You are very welcome to use this material in your classroom or with your private students. Everything can be printed and photocopied.

       
               
         

Yes! This is a completely new challenge. All the idioms are different from any other challenge.

       
     
   
 

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Idioms Challenge 2

 
   
     

Svetlana, from Russia

     
     

Extremely useful idioms, easy to practise, revise and memorize.

   
   
     

Mike, who lives in the USA

     
     

The course has good explanations, helpful exercise and reviews. These idioms help me to understand the shows on Netflix much better! I hope another 30-day challenge idioms will be coming soon.

   
   
     

Raquel, from Spain

     
     

It's a easy way to learn and remember new idioms.