Class 04

Hi everybody!
This is our fourth session. Next week, we'll finish the course on idioms with a grand revision finale!

What is the English for... "una papa"(=something easy)
and "salir de Guatemala y meterse en Guatepeor" ?
Study and learn!

"What's cooking?" is an idiomatic expression that means "What's happening?".
But if my answer to that is "a mouthful", you may get tired of listening...

So, get ready for today's special on...

Idioms and Food

Below is a text with popular expressions. Click on the underline words to open a window and read the meanings if you have doubts.

"Hot Cakes"

My grandmother, a "saucy" lady, used to say "when life gives you lemons, you gotta make lemonade"...
So, being alone in a new town, and with a small capital, I decided to open a little cake shop to cater local cafeterias and families. I think it's a "kosher" idea. Also, to keep up the positive vibe, I guess I'll name it "A Piece of Cake".

If my economy is slow and initially I have trouble to make my "bread and butter", I can ask for a loan. "That's the way the cookie crumbles" for new entrepreneurs! And besides, I know my business is not "a lemon". Actually it can be "the greatest thing since sliced bread".

It sure is an excellent feeling to start a new life "from scratch" and put all your "salt and pepper" into it. Even if it means taking a few risks or going "out of the frying pan, into the fire", I think it is definitely better than a "white bread" existence. Don't you?

Click on "glossary" to see the complete list of idioms and definitions.


Are you ready now for a little practice?


Choose the best idiom to complete the sentences below:

  • I love my job! After ten years my business is still ...

    a lemon
    white bread
  • Thanks! The film you recommended was...

    a mouthful
    a piece of cake
  • Oh, sorry you didn't win the first prize, but sometimes...

    what's cooking?
    out of the frying pan into the fire
    that's the way the cookie crumbles
  • I'm afraid the calculations are wrong and we'll have to start again...

    like hot cakes
    from scratch
    bread and butter
  • First I crashed the car and then I got a speeding ticket! Talking about...

    going out of the frying pan into the fire
    when life gives you lemons you gotta make lemonade
    the best thing since sliced bread
  • During the year she complains a lot but when it's time for vacations she's all...

    white bread
    a lemon
    salt and pepper

  • And this is the end of it!
    Hope you like the class as much as I enjoy writing it!
    The GUESSING GAME answers for this week are : "a piece of cake" and "out of the frying pan, into the fire".
    Did you discover them?

    Until next class,

    Your electronic teacher


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