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Projekttage Unterstufe PLUS - English idioms are a piece of cake

"to kill two birds with one stone", "to throw in the towel", "to bark up the wrong tree", ...


Every language has its own collection of wise, witty and sometimes rather unusual sayings that have a figurative meaning that is different from the literal meaning of the words used. These sayings are called "idioms". Idioms are understood to be figurative by virtue of common usage and in relation to a specific culture or society, transferring underlying ideas, principles and values of the culture or society in question. For example, the phrase "it's raining cats and dogs" is known to most native English speakers to mean that it's raining heavily; however, non-native speakers might find this phrase somewhat confusing.


In the "English Idioms Workshop", which took place on April 4 as part of 7th-grade Language Day (Projekttage Unterstufe PLUS),
18 students embarked on a journey of tracking down the most popular English idioms and taking a closer look at their particular meanings and usage as well as their historical origins and German counterparts in a creative, interactive way. In the end, the students were able to present and discuss very creative and informative results, proving that learning English idioms is in fact a piece of cake.


Für den Inhalt dieses Artikels verantwortlich: Mag. Sabine Lamezan
erstellt: Mi, 11. Apr 2018, 09:01:06
letzte Änderung: Do, 12. Apr 2018, 20:12:06