Fun Easy English Classroom February 14


American English
idioms beginning
with letter B
Idioms Letter B

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn some idioms beginning with the letter B.
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Idioms: American English Idioms - Letter B

Today learn 10 idioms beginning with the letter B.
Idiom Definition Usage
back on one's feet recovered He is back on his feet after his company went out of business.
back out withdraw from The company tried to back out of the agreement.
back to the drawing board back to the beginning and start over Since the project was unsuccessful, the company had to go back to the drawing board.
bail out provide assistance to The government has decided to bail out the troubled bank.
bank on trust You can bank on anything the company promises.
bark is worse than one's bite attitude is worse than his actions Even when he is angry, his bark is worse than his bite.
barking up the wrong tree making incorrect assumptions The police are barking up the wrong tree in their investigation.
beat someone to the draw was faster than him She beat him to the draw and arrived at the interview first.
beat someone to the punch was faster than him She beat him to the punch and arrived at the interview first.
beating around the bush speaking indirectly Stop beating around the bush and give us your final decision.
From YOUR Teacher: Barking up the Wrong Tree

A good way to look at this idiom is with a real dog. For example say a dog is running after an animal and it goes up a tree. Then the dog begins barking at the base of an adjacent tree thinking the animal is up there while in fact the animal is in the other tree. This is an example of an incorrect assumption....barking up the wrong tree.
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • 60 Second News - Beginner Level. A one minute video of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening and reading practice. News stories are posted on weekdays only.
  • Learning English - Beginner Level. A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
60 Second News
(Beginner - Listening, Reading)

February 14, 2019

A one minute video of recent world news.
Great reading and listening practice.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
News stories are posted on weekdays only.
Learning English
(Beginner - Listening)

February 14, 2019 - A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
Conversation Lesson 45 - This Land is Your Land
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna and Marsha are going on a road trip! Follow them across the United States as they see the sights. Will they still be friends when they finish the trip?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: You know I love Washington, D.C. But I want to see more of the United States. My roommate Marsha and I will be on vacation at the same time. So, we are going on a road trip together!
Hi, Marsha!
Marsha: Hi!
Anna: I packed my bags and I am ready to go!
Marsha: Did you make a list of all the places you want to see?
Anna: I did. I want to see New York City and the Statue of Liberty!
Marsha: And I want to see Mount Rushmore!
Anna: (Anna writes) Mount Rushmore.
Marsha: And don’t forget the Grand Canyon!
Anna: (Anna writes) Let’s not forget California’s redwood forest! There are so many places to see!
Marsha: We will be driving for a long time. So, we might get bored.
Anna: Bored? No way! We can talk.
Marsha: Or not talk.
Anna: We can play word games. We can sing! You know, our trip is like that famous American song. (sings) "This land is your land, This land is my land …"*
Marsha: (sings) "…from California to the New York island ..."
BOTH: “... to the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters ... this land was made for you and me!”
Marsha: Will we be stopping soon?
Anna: We won’t be stopping soon.
Marsha: I’m hungry.
Anna: Marsha, we just left D.C.! We’ll be eating lunch in about 2 hours. Can you wait?
Marsha: I guess.
Anna: Here, have an apple. It’s organic!
(Anna throws the apple. It goes out the window.)
Marsha: Thanks.
Marsha: Okay, we will be arriving in New York City very soon!
Anna: I can’t wait to see The Big Apple! Marsha, look! There she is!
Marsha: The Statue of Liberty!
Anna: She is awesome!
Anna: Marsha, in ten minutes, guess what we’ll be seeing?
Marsha: What?
Anna: The largest rocking chair in the world!
Marsha: No, we won’t be seeing that.
Anna: Marsha, it’s on my other list -- Best Roadside Sights.
(Marsha grabs the paper and throws it out the window.)
Anna: Oh no! We littered! And my list is gone. Don't worry. I brought the book. (lifts up large book, starts reading)
Anna: … and that is why I am so afraid of sheep.
Marsha: (snores a little)
Anna: Wow, I feel better. Marsha, you are a great listener.
Marsha: (waking up) Where are we?
Anna: We will be entering North Dakota any minute now!
Marsha: North Dakota! We are going in the wrong direction! We want to go to South Dakota!
Anna: No problem. I will just exit the highway. We will be going south … in just a minute. There. Done! We're going south! Okay, we will be stopping for gas and a bathroom break in about an hour.
Marsha: Then we will be very near to Mount Rushmore!
Anna: Yay! Dead presidents’ heads on the side of a mountain!
Anna: We did it, Marsha! We made it to California! It’s beautiful!
Marsha: And we saw everything on the list!
Anna: Well, we saw everything on page 1 of the list.
Marsha: What do you mean "page 1?"
Anna: Oh. Here are pages 2, 3 and 4! We’ll be very busy driving back to Washington, D.C. Until next time … !
* This Land is Your Land was written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie.

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about using the future continuous verb tense to talk about planned events.

Use this video to learn about the reduced form of "will" in the future continuous tense.
New Words
  • break - n. a brief period of time during which someone stops an activity
  • direction - n. the course or path on which something is moving or pointing
  • enter - v. to go or come into (something)
  • exit - v. to go out of a place or situation
  • highway - n. a main road that connects cities and towns
  • land - n. the solid part of the surface of the Earth
  • litter - v. to throw or leave trash on the ground in a public place
  • pack - v. to put (something) into a bag or suitcase so that you can take it with you
  • place - n. a specific area or region of the world
  • ready - adj. prepared to do something
  • road trip - n. a long trip in a car or truck, etc
  • rocking chair - n. chair that moves back and forth on rockers that are attached to its legs

In this lesson, Anna and Marsha take a road trip. Did you ever take a road trip or a journey with a friend? Where did you go and what did you do there? Did you see any sights along the way? If you have not taken a road trip, tell us about where you would like to go on a road trip. Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice predicting what will happen on your road trip across the United States. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
Source: Voice of America
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Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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