Are you an English learner who wants to learn how to speak like a native speaker by using English phrases and idioms? Then check out this dialogue and practice filled with lots of them!
Dialogue with English Phrases and Idioms
Jerry: Why are all of our coworkers living hand to mouth? We get paid a living wage. I
can’t make heads nor tails of it.
Linda: Well, I think most of them hit the bottle pretty hard after work every day. That costs a
pretty penny. But, your guess is as good as mine.
Jerry: I’ve noticed that too. I used to drink a lot but now it’s only once in a blue moon. I had
to quit cold turkey for a couple of years before I could get a handle on it.
Linda: Good for you for making a big change like that! Plus, it’s saved you a lot of money I’m
Once in a blue moon: Something that doesn’t happen often.
Quit cold turkey: Suddenly stop doing something addictive. Most commonly refers to
Living hand to mouth: To live paycheck to paycheck. Not having lots of money, especially
Living wage: Salary that is high enough to cover all the monthly bills relatively easily.
Your guess is as good as mine: To not know something.
Hit the bottle: Drink alcohol.
Get a handle on it: To control something.
Costs a pretty penny: Is expensive.
Can’t make heads nor tails of it: Unable to understand something.
Drink a lot: Consume lots of alcohol.
Fill in the blanks with the correct phrase or idiom
1. My dad _____ hard when I was a kid.
2. That new car I want _____.
3. I’m going back to school so I can find a job that pays a _____.
4. I only eat junk food _____.
5. I want to quit smoking but it’s difficult to _____.
6. I’ve heard that the best way to stop smoking is to _____.
7. It’s often hard for single parents to avoid _____.
8. Math just isn’t my subject! I _____.
9. Wow! They sure do _____.
1. hit the bottle
2. costs a pretty penny
3. living wage
4. once in a blue moon
5. get a handle on it
6. quit cold turkey
7. living hand to mouth
8. can’t make heads nor tails of it
9. drink a lot
Printable Lesson Plan
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