IDIOMANIA PODCAST

Beatlemania was a portmanteau, or blend, word coined in the 1960s to describe the state of excitement (mania) felt by a group of hardcore fans about their favourite band (The Beatles). Here at LOS we are so enthusiastic about teaching English idioms that we have created our own blend word, based on the one inspired by The Fab Four, to headline our new audio programme; Idiomania. Each week or so, we will record an episode which highlights an everyday concept or setting, and then explore some of the common idioms and proverbs (and antonyms) surrounding that scenario. So don’t be frightened to try us out. Or should I say ‘fortune favours the brave’; or ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’; or…I’ll stop now, before my idiomania gets out of control! Or ‘out of hand’; or ‘runs riot’… Help me!

EPISODES
PREVIEW
BUY LESSON

Episode 28: Fortune-Telling 

A crystal ball, on the cards, have a hunch about something, How long is a string?

The-Perfect-Prediction

Episode 27: Bizspeak

Take a rain check on something, to give someone a heads-up, a water-cooler conversation, gobbledygook

Read Gabriel’s blog 

Bizspeak

Episode 26: Oxymorons

Organized chaos, same difference, working holiday, deafening silence

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Episode 25: For Better Or Worse? 

As fit as a fiddle, throw a sickie, be green around the gills, a taste of one’s own medicine

MedicalAcronyms

Episode 24: Have We Got News For You!

Bad news travels fast, no news is good news, that’s news to someone, bearer of bad news, a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on

Read Gabriel’s blog 

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Episode 23: Crime

Be caught with his/her hands in the till, highway robbery, an open-and-shut case, set a thief to catch a thief

CrimeAcronyms

Episode 22: Loneliness

Plough one’s own furrow, a lone wolf, wallow in self-pity, snap out of something, be comfortable in one’s own skin, retreat into one’s shell

Sole-Searching-Lesson

Episode 21: Spontaneity

On the hoof, off the cuff, think on your feet, off the top of your head

SmallTalk2

Episode 20: Errors & Failure

Come a cropper, take something on the chin, go belly up, Rome wasn’t built in a day

Read Gabriel’s blog

Error-Correction

Episode 19: Leisure Activities

A hobby horse, out of the woods, have a foot in both camps, lead someone up the garden path

Read Martin’s blog

CampingAdventuresLesson

Episode 18: Workaholism

Keep your head above water, have your nose to the grindstone, work your fingers to the bone, slog your guts out for something

Workaholism

Episode 17: Job Responsibility

Bottom line, up to scratch, at the coalface, a jobsworth

JobDescriptionLesson

Episode 16: Ball Games

A political football, keep your eye on the ball, drop the ball, a whole new ball game

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Episode 15: Humour

Gallows humour, schoolboy humour, cringe humour, toilet humour

Humour

Episode 14: What’s in a Name?

Gordon Bennett, Pete Tong, Even Stevens, Smart Alec

Read Rory’s blog

WhatsinaName

Episode 13: Animals

A spider’s web of something, be blind as a bat, cry wolf, Has the cat got your tongue?

AnimalIdioms

Episode 12: Effective Communication

Talk over/at/to someone, be on the same wavelength, get your wires crossed, at cross purposes

Read Gabriel’s blog

NuancedPresentations

Episode 11: Christmas

Turkeys voting for Christmas, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, good things come in small packages, Christmas has come early / an early Christmas present

Episode 10: Charisma

Be all mouth and trousers, fur coat and no knickers, all that glisters is not gold, a snake-oil salesman

FollowMyLeader

Episode 9: Disagreement

Have a bone to pick with someone, rock the boat, play devil’s advocate, nail one’s colours to the mast

LetsAgreetoDisagree

Episode 8: End Product

Need a kick up the arse or an arm around the shoulder, put one’s back into it, get/pull one’s finger out, breathe down someone’s neck

FlyingHigh

Episode 7: Routine Check

Nip something in the bud, turn over a new leaf, get one’s act together, pull one’s socks up

Read Martin’s blog

Habits

Episode 6: Lifelong Learning & CPD

Be a little rusty, behind the times, brush up on something, learn/know the ropes

Read Rory’s blog

CPD

Episode 5: Happiness

Be on cloud nine, a whale of a time, as sick as a parrot, gutted

OvertheMoon

Episode 4: What’s Your Version?

Wouldn’t say boo to a goose, a wallflower, be the life and soul of the party, not backward in coming forward

WhatsYourVersion

Episode 3: Travel

A globetrotter, broaden one’s mind, emotional baggage, heavy-lifting

Read Marianne’s blog

OntheMove

Episode 2: Talent

A natural, first-rate, second-rate, second to none, not to be cut out for something

Talent

Episode 1: Procrastination

Drag one’s heels, dilly-dally, a stitch in time saves nine, kick the can down the road

Read Rory’s blog

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