Learn English Through Newspaper – Interesting English Idioms used in everyday English Speaking.

Learn English Through Newspaper – Interesting English Idioms used in everyday English Speaking.


‘Cure for cancer is on the horizon’, uh-huh…
‘politician criticizes doctor as out of reach’ okay, ‘three hundred and thirty
thousand Pounds down the drain in the bank scandal’ what do we mean by “down the
drain”? Down the drain means something is wasted completely. Don’t worry do you get
confused when you read such idioms in the newspaper? That’s our topic for the day. Today
we are learning idioms from the newspaper and you can stay with me, my name is Michelle
and we are going to wrap up this topic once and forever. So here we are guys with the
newspaper idioms that I shared with you in the beginning of the lesson. So the newspaper
that I was reading this morning had some very interesting words and idioms that I picked
out especially for you so that we can cover them in this lesson and find out what they
mean. So the first news that I read was about a doctor, alright? So politicians “slacked”
the doctors because of delayed treatments. Now slacking means to criticize someone heavily,
alright? Slacking means to criticize heavily. So the politician slacked the doctors because
of delayed treatments which means that possibly the doctors do not know how much the patients
suffer when the treatment is delayed. The reason that the politicians slack the doctors
was because he said that the doctors were “out of touch”. Now out of touch means
that they are not aware of the recent developments in the field of medicine. So out of touch
means unaware of recent developments. Alright so the doctors are out of touch and for that
reason they were slacked by the politician. Okay so just let you know again this means
criticism and the second one means to be unaware or to be out of touch. The next one we have
is “down the drain”. So I read this idiom on the economic page of the newspaper or the
business page of the newspaper where they talk about the economy around the world or
in a specific country. So I read that three hundred and thirty thousand Pounds were down
the drain. So what does that mean? Three hundred and thirty thousand Pounds were down the drain,
it means that, that amount of money was wasted. So the reason that this money was down the
drain was because of a bank scandal. Okay now down the drain means that something is
wasted, so you know what a drain is where the waste water goes, the same way when we
say that something is down the drain it means that it goes as a waste, goes off as a waste.
Okay now the next one we have is when something “falls on deaf ears”. What happens when
something falls on deaf ears? No one’s hearing them, alright? So no one’s hearing someone’s
plea. I read this when they were talking about a country where people raised a request that
their building should not be destroyed however their request fell on deaf ears which means
that no one heard their plea and no action was taken. So falls on deaf ears means a request
that goes unheard. So while I was still reading the business page I came across this phrase
which is “start-ups”, alright? So it said that the start-ups of going to face a huge
problem because of the recession. Now what are start-ups? Start-ups are small business
set-ups okay which are aiming at the market, alright? They’re trying to make money through
the market at that point of time and they are small business set-ups. So according to
the news headline it said that the start-ups are going to face a lot of problem because
of recession. So start-ups means a small business set-up. Okay so as I told you that there were some
people who were raising a plea, who were raising a request that their buildings should not
be destroyed but their requests fell on deaf ears which means no one heard them and no
action was taken and their buildings were actually destroyed. So their houses where
they were living were just destroyed for some other buildings which were supposed to be
erected in that area. So what happened as a result those people “took to the streets”
which means that they started protesting against the government so they had slogans and they
had placards and placards in their hands and they were raising requests alright? They were
very angry and agitated. So at that time they were protesting against the government. So
when we say someone has taken to the streets or took to the streets it means that they
were protesting against the government. It’s like a demonstration. Protesting against the
government. Okay and on the same page I read a good news which said that the cure for cancer
was “on the horizon”. So whatever is on the horizon, do you know what a horizon is?
So when you see that the Sun is setting and you see the Sun and the earth the land almost
meeting, it appears like they’re meeting and they are very near the same way this phrase
means something is very near. So if the cure for cancer is on the horizon it means that
the cure for cancer is very near and very soon we are gonna have a proper cure for it
which may not even have chemotherapy. Alright so on the horizon means something that appears
near. Alright now we look at the next idiom that we have so this idiom I did not read
on the front page, I did not read on the business page but I read this in the gossip page of
the tabloid newspaper. So “sounds like sour grapes” this was… so basically there was
this actor who made a negative comment against another actor and the newspaper reported that
his comment sounded like sour grapes which means that possibly he is very jealous of
another actor’s success that’s why he’s making a negative comment against him or her.
Okay so sounds like sour grapes when you call someone’s criticism as sour grapes that’s
when you’re saying that that person does not have something and they’re very jealous that’s
why they’re making a negative comment against another person. So sour grapes means comment
out of jealousy or envy. Right, so because he was quite jealous of his another actor,
alright, of another co-actor that’s why he made a negative comment which sounded like
sour grapes. So the grapes were we’re not very sweet they were very sour for that actor.
Okay so with this we look at the next one, “sitting pretty”. I came across this particular
phrase in the sports page. Can you imagine someone sitting pretty in a sports page of
the newspaper? It’s possible. So they used this phrase against a team that had won the
match, right? So there was a cricket match that they were that the newspaper reported
about and they said that the winning team was now sitting pretty, which means that they
were in a good situation. So good situation. So according to the newspaper the winning
team was sitting pretty which means that they were in a good situation and they were ready
to face the other matches. And while I was still reading the sports page I came across
another idiom which is, “have what it takes”. So this reporter reported about a new a rising
football player alright, she commented saying that this football player has what it takes
to be a star player this means that he has got the correct talents or the needed talents
to be a star football player. So have what it takes means to have the needed talent.
So this rising football star has what it takes to be a star football player which means that
he has the needed talent. So I’ll just do a quick go through for you again, slacked
means when someone is criticized heavily. So the doctors were criticized heavily or
the doctors were slacked for being out of touch. And three hundred and thirty thousand
dollars thousand dollars or pounds went in the drain which means that they were entirely
wasted. And when a request falls on the deaf ears it means that it goes unheard and when
a request falls on deaf ears then people take to the streets which means that they start
protesting against the government. And as we know the good news that the cure for cancer
is on the horizon and I hope it comes soon because we are really hoping that it’s very
near to us. The next one is something that sounds like a likes sour grapes which means
that a negative comment that someone makes out of jealousy. Then sitting pretty is to
be a good situation especially related to sports in this case but can also be related
to money. So if a person has a lot of money then that person is sitting pretty because
they are in a good situation. The next one we have is to have what it takes which means
that they have the needed talent to achieve something and startups as I told you I read
along with down the drain which means a small business set-up that is trying to aim the
market. Okay now with this we come to an end of today’s lesson which is about idioms related
to the newspaper which you often read in the newspaper. I had done another lesson where
you are going to find words related to newspaper headlines don’t forget to watch that as well
you’ll probably find the link in the description box of this video. Thank you so much for staying
with me I hope you had a great time, bye-bye.

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  3. While i was reading my fave youth magazine,i came across these two interesting idioms from a food review:Bees knees and Watch this space.I know Bees kness idiom since my A level days but i forgot what it means,then i looked it up on goggle it means 'sth that is excellent'.Watch this space means 'Exciting things are about to happen soon'.Reading newspaper can help great deal to take one's English learning to the next level.Its not like someone told me that read the paper,i willingly am interested to learn how English is used in professional writing.Though i m a BA student but i still feel no matter what one's academic background or discipline is.Newspaper is not just a source of information but also fine tunes one's second language skills.Its not a matter of shame if one doesn't know A-Z words of English,we learn and we grow,its like watering the seed of a plant until it germinates to its fullest.

  4. Mam, aapne apni study india mai ki hai, ya foreign country mai, aisa isliye poocha maine kyoki aapki english such mai bahut sahi hai.

  5. Because i found bad meaning of …word…madam….from Cambridge dictionary…
    Which i cant pronunce to my teacher and other women also…for…call purpose

  6. Please make a video….or….my replies with answer..

    You are my teacher…..

    I surrender to your knowledge….dear teacher

  7. I have never seen such a excellent English teacher in my life. I wish if you were when I was student. Anyway it's never late.

  8. you are wrong, because start up means innovative business model, which means different ways to find the solution to customer problem.

  9. Thanks alot for this video but I am wondering, how to find the meaning of these words in any of the dictionaries ,
    Ex: I've searched for "slack" and didnt find the meaning you mentioned already.
    It hasn't one of these following meaning:

    ​1- not stretched tight

    synonym loose

    She was staring into space, her mouth slack.

    The rope suddenly went slack.

    slack muscles

    Oxford Collocations Dictionary

    2-​ (of business) not having many customers or sales; not busy

    a slack period

    Wednesdays are always slack.

    slack demand for beef.

    Could you explain please?!

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