The best way to sound like a true English speaker


Are you always getting the wrong end of the stick when you try to understand English speakers or is it a piece of cake?

What??? If that last sentence didn’t make any sense to you, that’s because it contains English idioms. Idioms are phrases that only really make sense to native speakers because sometimes the words used have nothing to do with the actual meaning.

Don’t worry though, every cloud has a silver lining, or in other words there’s a positive side to every problem. Learning idioms is one of the best ways to sound more English when you speak, and of course it will save a lot of confusion!

Here are just a few English idioms you might come across when you stay in one of Kaplan’s thrilling worldwide English school locations.

Getting the wrong end of the stick just means misunderstanding something…idioms cause this to happen a lot! You might also feel a bit like a fish out of water trying to understand English, meaning it feels difficult and unnatural for you. It could leave you tongue-tied; not knowing what to say, and make you feel nervous; or have butterflies in your stomach as they say in English.

Learn the idioms though, and understanding English speakers will become a piece of cake; something very easy. The ball’s in your court! That means now is the time for you to decide to take the next step. Study with Kaplan International Colleges and you won’t be putting your foot in your mouth (making errors) in English any more. If that’s not enough, English could also boost your career and help you make a killing (make a lot of money).


Want to know the best bit about studying with Kaplan, the ‘icing on the cake’ that makes this great opportunity even better? Join one of our schools and you’ll also enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in some of the world’s top destinations. So go on, try something new, take the plunge and enrol with us today.

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