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10 common English Idioms & Expressions from Education

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We have a lot of ground to cover in this lesson about idioms and expressions from the world of education. I will give you ten of them and explain each one in detail, because these sayings do not mean literally what they say. For example, when we say something is "old school", it doesn't mean that it is literally from a school that is old. I will teach you the meaning of sayings like "getting an A for effort", "learn the ropes", "You can't teach an old dog new tricks", and more. After watching, complete the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/10-english-idioms-expressions-education/ to see if you make the grade! NEXT, watch these videos: 1. 23 Phrasal Verbs with COME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyN4NcH7maQ&index=5&list=PLxYD9HaZwsI5C0d8CivHvoI_-0rs8XMfc 2. 10 Idioms from Technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffoHJAxnAvE&list=PLxYD9HaZwsI5C0d8CivHvoI_-0rs8XMfc&index=12 TRANSCRIPT Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. In today's lesson I want to teach you eight idioms that come from education. Actually, I have 10 of them, a couple of them are just expressions, though, so I can add them to the other ones. Eight idioms. All of these come from education, but now we use them to talk about other things that might not be related to education at all. Okay? So, as you know, idioms are groups of words, they're expressions whose individual words, when they're put together might not mean the exact same thing as the words themselves. They can have completely unrelated meanings, and we're going to see some examples of these. So we're going... We have a lot of ground to cover, so we're going to go slowly but surely through it all. So, what does it mean "to cover a lot of ground" or "have a lot of ground to cover"? It means to have a lot of material or a lot of information to get through, and understand, and make sure everybody gets. Right? When we cover a lot of ground, technically it comes from the ground, and you cover ground means you move, you travel. But we use "ground" as information, and "cover" means go over. So: "cover a lot of ground", get through a lot of information. Also, we "can't teach an old dog new tricks". So what does it mean, you can't teach an old dogs a new trick? So imagine your grandfather, okay? You are moving to another country because you're studying English, you want to immigrate to another country. You get to that country and you want to continue speaking with your grandfather in your home country. So you're trying to teach him Skype or you're trying to teach him, like, a mobile app, messenger, whatever. But your grandfather is trying, trying, trying, he just doesn't get it. And then finally he says: "You know what? I don't care. We'll call each other on the telephone once in a while." So finally you give up, you say: "You know what? You can't teach an old dog new tricks. We'll just call on the phone." It means as people get older, it's very difficult to change their habits. Okay? We're not calling old people old dogs, it's just an expression, but basically old people don't change habits very easily. You can't teach them, so that's where the education comes in. Now, something or someone is "old school" or he or she belongs to an "old school of thought" or to a particular school of thought. So, if somebody is old school, he or she likes something that is a little bit old-fashioned, likes to do something a little bit old-fashioned, something that's probably outdated, not modern. Okay? Now, it doesn't have to be about a person. It could be a thing. So, for example, if you... For example, if you go to Cuba... Okay. Cuba has a lot of old cars from the 1950s. Okay? Like Chevys, and Fords, and whatnot. We can say: "Oh, wow, that's a really old-school car." It has the old engines, nothing computerized. It's all carburetor and all kinds of pipes all over the place. It's very old school. It's very cool, but it's not modern. Okay? So it's something that's old school. When we talk about a school of thought, it means it's a particular way of viewing something or thinking about something. We especially use it to talk about, like, philosophy. Okay? But even in science there are certain scientists who basically subscribe to this particular school of thought. So, we use the word "subscribe", means they believe in doing it this way. Other scientists subscribe to this school of thought. So, the... There was a scientist who said: "This is the way we should do it." There was another scientist who said: "This is the way we should do it." All the people who follow this way created a school or a viewpoint, they created their own viewpoint. So different schools of thought. So, if we're talking about how to discipline children, okay? Some people like to sit their children down and talk, talk, talk for hours to try to teach them something. Other... In other cultures they just slap them on the bum, the kid understands, never does it again. […]
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jorge nasser jrnasser (30 days ago)
Adam is so handsome I could marry him
Jean Calos De Araujo (1 month ago)
I love you videos. I'd like to see a video made by you about the suffixes -able, -ible, - ibly, -ably.
lizhi YE (1 month ago)
In China,if you compare a person to a dog, that is comtempt.
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Shesh Narayan (1 month ago)
sir please help me I can't speak English but I am understand and write( india)
Ali Bouhentala (2 months ago)
That's a great work you're doing, i m really grateful thanks a lot
Nayelli González (2 months ago)
Tks from Mexico.
Sarah Mohammed (2 months ago)
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Sarah Mohammed (2 months ago)
thank you so much >>. i really mean it ... it's my first time to watch your vids and i understand everything easily
Iraci Bueno (3 months ago)
You are a great Teacher. Thanks..!!
Top Ponsel (3 months ago)
thanks for your lesson teacher😍😘
Lion Chin (3 months ago)
Ty Adam love from another Chinese
Thanks a lot for this video. It’s very interesting, useful and easy understanding 🙏🏻
Thanks a lot. Very useful
HARISH SOMALI (3 months ago)
Bravo mr adam infact i love ur lesson But i would like to more about alittle bit and bit "how to use it in sentence
Adriana Elena Reina Cala (3 months ago)
you are amazing teacher !!!
FaLLeN (3 months ago)
This man makes people understand him great work
nackson brito (4 months ago)
Hey, i love your english class! You are the Best.
Jamshid Abdurakhimov (4 months ago)
Thank you for lesson
Angelica Vial (4 months ago)
It would be good if you add some samples (sentences) to practice the idioms.
shoeibmr (4 months ago)
Is it ok to use idioms in formal writing?
N Kr (4 months ago)
you are the best ! very useful and basic thank you very much teacher
Лиана М (4 months ago)
Great 🤗
Феликс Шульц (4 months ago)
Almost all idioms are in Russian language.It' cool that languages have something common :D
If i call my father and grandfather as a old dog 🐕; they will beat me like a dog.😂😂
Thanks for your help Adam. Your classes are as always easy to understand. Good Bless you!
Asabeneh (4 months ago)
All your lessons are very useful. Thanks.
Lucky Nadeem Dar (4 months ago)
Mr Adam thanks for a lovely lesson , I like the way you explain the meaning of words, very simply, precisely, effectively and with a lovely smile on your face, bravo .
Hi Adam. What is the meaning of the phrase “come from education”? In Russian it does not sound quite correct. Give some synonyms of this phrase, please.
Anuj kumar (4 months ago)
That is my doubt please explain in the text
Anuj kumar (4 months ago)
We use verb third form as an adjective
Anuj kumar (4 months ago)
He has been gone through many ups and downs. If we let the word ,gone, as an past participle(adjective) That sentence will be right or wrong. Tell me the reason
MaulADV Channel (4 months ago)
Hi adam... Warm greeting from Indonesia. BTW... Can't you explain us about plant or tree vocabulary in your next scene. Thank anyway.
Brian wu (4 months ago)
very useful. I like it.
christine Bigot (4 months ago)
Hi Adam, about the letter [i], why TIME [ai] and why PRISTINE [e]? How to make the difference ? Thanks
Pastukhov Oleksii (4 months ago)
Nice advertising of Skype)) P.S. So, it's realy useful video:)
HERITIER JOAO (4 months ago)
Hi Adam How about if you make a video about NBA vocabulary? You’d be the first one to teach this lesson. Expressions/words such as lay-ups, dunks, crossover, pick and roll, unrestricted free agent, etc should be explained for as we’ re talking about league with worldwide ratings.
Beryl Zhangnan (4 months ago)
Hello,Adam! Could you please add subtitles? Cuz I am as a beginning English learner, sometimes I can’t catch you.
Ehab Karem (4 months ago)
To be honest , I dare not say old dog about my grandparents . Who is with me??
Bilgi Tv (4 months ago)
Thank you the best teacher
praveen kumar (4 months ago)
Sir can u plz tell me
فرشته بهاری (4 months ago)
Hi you are really really good thecher. Tq so much Adam😊
Roger that! (4 months ago)
Hi everyone! Could “old school “ be considered conservative somehow? Regards.....!
Mery G (5 months ago)
hy Adam Please make avideo about how to pronunce earth, church,world,counselor, evil like native speaker
Ruslan Akbar (4 months ago)
Hi )) Do you want to iprove english with chat? :)
I hate capsicums (5 months ago)
Is this British English?
Luis Fernando Silva (5 months ago)
A very good video. I don't need subs, but thanks, helps a lot the people who are just starting in english.
NIKO VAL (5 months ago)
Thanks, very useful. In Colombia we say: "Loro viejo no aprende a hablar" ( An old parrot doesn´t learn to talk) which is similar to your second idiom. Regards.
Ota ku (5 months ago)
Why there is no Arabic translation? 😞
Ro García (5 months ago)
I loved the class
Sara Jamil (5 months ago)
Hey sir , i want to learn english .. how can i improve this language ? Although its not my mother toungue but from the early age it tought to be as a subject in our school's but still i can't talk in english my speaking power is too bad and vocabulary .. plz give some suggestions or any web where i can learn your lessons are also very helpful plz keep it up .. i will be grateful
Zoran Wolf (5 months ago)
Best teacher in the world
Alfredo Cano (5 months ago)
i have some issues to understand all your words, but is my second lesson, thank you a lot ! youre really good !!
wasif hussain mirani (5 months ago)
Hello Adam ! I hope you are in a good health. Kindly, give a lecture on reading comprehension and precis writing. Thank you
Vinay Malik (5 months ago)
Sir which one is right neither students or neither student ? Or both are right ?
Fettullah Demir (5 months ago)
Adam is famous teacher Her is teach English lesson wery. Well.
nyelkenci (5 months ago)
well, I get inspired of your teaching technics in my English classes. good job. 👏⭐👍👋
Mercedes yong (5 months ago)
Thank you so much. Great work
Luis Isturrieta (5 months ago)
Hi Adam! Big fan here. I was wondering if there's a video that explains how to pronounce a word based on the position of the letters, the video about the "secret" has been the closest i've found so far.
Phượng Bùi (5 months ago)
Thank u, Adam. -------------------- Hi, guys. I wanna find a partner to practice speaking English. If anyone wants, please reply my comment. We'll contact via Skype. Thanks so much.
Candra Olivinnanda (5 months ago)
Thanks Mr Adam,
Jess Errant (5 months ago)
Thanks Adam!
la donna the first (5 months ago)
Thanks indeed Adam.
himy nameis (5 months ago)
good job sir I hope Ill see more videos about idioms by the way thank you for lesson
Oum Raouf (5 months ago)
Hi,miss u teacher.very interesting lesson.
Afsar Rabbi (5 months ago)
I am from Bangladesh a regular viewer of your channel.Lot of thanks. and i need your help and advice
Afsar Rabbi (4 months ago)
i m sorry for late reply
Afsar Rabbi (4 months ago)
yes of course
Ruslan Akbar (4 months ago)
Hi dear :) Do you want to chat?
JadaAleesha Dotcom (5 months ago)
I have a serious urgent question for you.... what kind of lighting do you use for your videos?... i want to start right away doing videos with a white board but my lighting is always not good.....
Muhammad Riaz (5 months ago)
Thms up👍👍
Ausvan Rigo (5 months ago)
Very useful, great lesson thanks alot for these idioms .I'll use them in my english conversation ..
Richard Proulx (5 months ago)
Very helpful your channel . I'm a huge fan, from Puebla, México.
FunkyFrogProject (5 months ago)
hey :) many can be translated literally into French except the dog new trick and A for effort
Asmaa Saad (5 months ago)
Thanks so much, your videos are very helpful
Farzad Rezaei (5 months ago)
You are amazing I mean it I just can't find a better teacher ❤❤❤👍👍👌👌👌👍👍😍😍😘😘😘
Naili Said (5 months ago)
If you came to Algeria u may find cars from 1970 you have to think about an idiom about this one hhhhh . U are great like you adam 😜
Aliando Wardhana (5 months ago)
I more understand you when speaking than watching a movie
imagina arquitectura (5 months ago)
thanks a lot my friend :D
Haider Abdulrahman (5 months ago)
Thanks your subjects that you pick are always very important for learning English but I always follow you and I have a suggestion for you. For students to get benefit from your posts all needed is sentences on each idiom or phrasal verb.
CryRight (5 months ago)
In Arabic we do have an expression saying: an old cat cannot be domisticated. likewise "can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Hildar Galiev (5 months ago)
"A" for lesson
yong luo (5 months ago)
thank you teacher !
Júlio césar silva (5 months ago)
I have appreciated too much this video. Thanks a lot!!
Stas (5 months ago)
well Adam,i gotta say something about your lesson - A for effort. sorry, i've just schooled you how to do stupid jokes
Thank you, Adam! It's always a pleasure to see you and to listen to you. Your videos are so great! Wish you to have more free time to spend it on us, your faithful students.
Haider Aliraqi (5 months ago)
Great lesson! Thank you Adam.
Sanjay Bodar (5 months ago)
efe koçyiğit (5 months ago)
thank you for your lessons :D from a METU student in Turkey
I like you
Ebi Mo (5 months ago)
Hi Adam.thank you for sharing this video with us.🙏💐
Mr. Teacher Joe (5 months ago)
I love it.
Adrián Azuaje (5 months ago)
That was awesome thanks
TARUN NEGI (5 months ago)
You are great
ayse yurtsever (5 months ago)
Thank you so much Adam, I think, those idioms will be a great help with my English
César D. VF (5 months ago)
For sure!! Emma, Alex and Adam are my favorite teachers from Engvid! They're great and do a good job teaching us all what they know. On the other hand, I recommend you to see another English teacher. She's from America. She has a YouTube channel which call The English Teacher. She teaches PRONUNCIATION.
Алексия (5 months ago)
I wish you were my English teacher :-)
badr banna (5 months ago)
Thanks for the idioms Question: english is not my first English but am studying it in college. And am trying to read Shakespeare's plays;so i started with hamlet..genetally i can undersyand the general idea..but i wanna learn that archaic early modern english such as thy,thine ,thee ,hath, 'tis. And the way sentences r aranged R different. .where can i leatn that..i checked google and ytb .but no central place where i can grasp all that...i need to understand shakespeare's deeply ...do u do these kind of lessons. If not would plz guide me to any book,website or other source please. .....thank u Keep up
Jorge Cruz (5 months ago)
Thanks teacher Adam. U r so handsome, n ur videos always useful

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