Before we start today’s topic, let’s review the answers to the last episode first:

  1. yes
  2. yes

Welcome to the third episode of 25 idioms to sound like a native speaker. To understand English as it is spoken in real life, you have to be familiar with idioms, learn what they mean, and how to use them to become an ‘insider’.

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1. once in a blue moon

Very rarely.

Peter only comes out for a drink once in blue moon now that he has kids.

2. take with a grain of salt

To consider or evaluate something, such as a statement, while keeping in mind that it may not be completely true or accurate, typically due to the unreliability of the source.

You must take anything she says with a grain of salt. She doesn’t always tell the truth.

3. be up in the air

Uncertain; subject to change.

Becky and I were supposed get brunch this weekend, but things are up in the air now because she’s not feeling well.

4. stab someone in the back

To betray someone’s confidence or trust.

The gangster’s second in command stabbed him in the back to assume control over the entire criminal organization.

5. lose your touch

If you lose your touch, you become less skillful at doing something.

I don’t know what’s happened to her playing. She seems to have lost her touch.


Practice

1.He’s not as good a salesman as he used to be. He’s ______.

A.in a blue moon

B.losing his touch

C.a pinch of salt

D.up in the air

2.They took my explanation with_______. I was sure they didn’t believe me.

A.in a blue moon

B.losing his touch

C.a pinch of salt

D.up in the air


That’s all for today! Hope you can use these idioms in your daily life:)

Don’t forget to write down your answers!

The top three users with correct answers will be picked in the next episode!:)