AUDIO LESSON Accent reduction -12 animal idioms

Accent Reduc­tion AUDIO les­son-Pro­nounce 12 Com­mon Eng­lish Ani­mal Idioms Clear­ly

I found these cool com­mon, ani­mal idioms, and want­ed to give you a chance to learn how to pro­nounce these Eng­lish idioms cor­rect­ly, and to under­stand when to use them.  At the same time, you get more accent reduc­tion prac­tise  mate­r­i­al.

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Accent Reduc­tion Prac­tise- 12 Eng­lish Idioms

1. Night owl a per­son who is habit­u­al­ly active or wake­ful at night.

He’s a real night owl! He par­ties most nights till the ear­ly hours (of the morn­ing).

2. Scaredy – cat – a timid per­son.

Don’t be such a scaredy cat! That dog won’t hurt you. He’s very gen­tle.

3. Aver­age bear – A com­par­a­tive phrase mean­ing more/less, better/worse, etc., than the aver­age per­son or thing. Orig­i­nates from the Amer­i­can ani­mat­ed char­ac­ter Yogi Bear, whose catch­phrase is that he is “smarter than the aver­age bear.”

She climbed Ever­est last year, so she’s def­i­nite­ly tougher than the aver­age bear.

4. High horse – a term to infer that some­one is act­ing pompous, supe­ri­or to oth­ers or self- right­eous.

I think you can get off your high horse now. I saw you smok­ing behind the house, so don’t pre­tend that you  think your broth­er should stop smok­ing!

5. Busy bee – hard­work­ing, indus­tri­ous, busy per­son.

She’s such a busy bee she can’t even find time to have a cof­fee with me.

6. Social but­ter­fly – social but­ter­fly is some­one who is social or friend­ly with every­one, flit­ting (going from) from per­son to per­son, the way a but­ter­fly might fly from flower to flower.

I didn’t realise they were such social but­ter­flies. They’re always out vis­it­ing peo­ple all week­end.

7. Fish out of water – If you feel like a fish out of water, you do not feel com­fort­able or relaxed because you are in an unusu­al or unfa­mil­iar sit­u­a­tion. 

He felt like a fish out of water in his new school.

8. Eager beaver – a keen and enthu­si­as­tic per­son who works very hard.

You’re an eager beaver! You got here an hour before every­one else.

9. Sit­ting duck – a per­son or thing with no pro­tec­tion against an attack or oth­er source of dan­ger.

Those sol­diers out in the mid­dle of the field are sit­ting ducks.

10. Cold turkey – the abrupt and com­plete ces­sa­tion of tak­ing a drug to which one is addict­ed,  or to stop doing some­thing in a sud­den and abrupt man­ner. 

I don’t know how she did it. She went cold turkey after so many years of drug addic­tion.

Just like that! He quit cold turkey, even though he loved surf­ing.

11. Stool pigeon a per­son, often a crim­i­nal, who gives infor­ma­tion in secret to the police so that they can catch oth­er crim­i­nals, or a per­son act­ing as a decoy.

That stool pigeon the police plant­ed bet­ter watch out, or he’ll be in big trou­ble.

12. Hornet’s nest – a very dif­fi­cult or unpleas­ant sit­u­a­tion, espe­cial­ly in which a lot of peo­ple get very angry and com­plain

Their remarks about women not being as good com­pa­ny lead­ers as men, stirred up a real hornet’s nest!

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Best wish­es, Esther

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