Learning idiomatic expressions is a very important part of the language-learning process. Much of everyday speech is based on colloquial and slang vocabulary - much of this vocabulary is based on idioms.
Our collection of American English idioms will teach you the type of language that native speakers use every day. You will become more fluent in English and will be able to communicate better.
Although this is a list of American English idioms, you will find that many of these words and expressions are used all over the English-speaking world.
Idioms are one of the most difficult things for English learners to learn, because they take common phrases and terms and turns them into something completely unexpected. This is something that can only be learned through explanation and insight, similar to inside jokes that friends share with one another.
Quite literally, an idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words. They're the most unliteral things you can say, aside from sarcasm.
From saying that "it's raining cats and dogs" when it's raining heavily to cheering someone up by telling them to "pull yourself together", idioms express a wide variety of emotions and reactions to a multitude of situations.