Welcome to American English Idioms: Lesson 4. In this lesson you have 3 American English idioms to read, listen to, translate, and pronounce in English. Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your knowledge of American English idioms. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.
Directions 1: Watch the video 2 or more times, and pay close attention to the audio and text.
Directions 2: Read the following text in English, then translate it using the translator on this page into your language if needed. When you finish, feel free to write a comment in the comments section below and let us know how you feel about what you’ve learned, as well as what you’ve learned.
ALL WET – wrong to the point of being silly or unbelievable
1. He’s all wet if he thinks I’m going to believe his lies.
2. Don’t listen to Maria. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She’s all wet.
Compare to: not know beans about (something); out to lunch; for the birds; talk through (one’s) hat
ALONG FOR THE RIDE, GO/COME – to be present for an activity without taking part in it
1. Janet’s brothers went up into the mountains to do some fishing. Janet doesn’t fish, but she went along for the ride.
2. I don’t need to do any shopping, but perhaps I’ll come along for the ride if that’s okay with you.
The expression suggests that the ride itself is the extent of the person’s participation in the activity, and that the person does not take part in the activity that is the purpose of the ride.
APPLE OF (ONE’S) EYE – a person or thing that is precious or loved above all else
1. Richard is so attached to his daughter that he would do anything for her. She’s the apple of his eye.
2. The boy won’t behave in school, but you can’t convince his parents. He’s the apple of their eye.
Centuries old, this expression stems from the ancient belief that the pupil of the eye was solid and shaped like an apple. The pupil was considered precious since one could not see without it.