As the summer reaches its end, it’s time to look back on some good old English expressions you may have come across over the last few months.
If you’ve been learning English for a while, you’ve probably realised that there are a lot of expressions related to the summer. Whether they are simply summer-related words or actual expressions reserved for the summer holidays, there are plenty of expressions which will help you sound like a native and build up your English fluency.
So, let’s take a look at 5 common expressions related to summer.
1. To be off on your vacation
a. Watch out here! You have the phrase ‘to be off’. Although its literal meaning is to switch something off like a light switch for example, in this case, we can say it means ‘to go’. So altogether, this phrase means, ‘you are currently leaving to go on your vacation’.
Where are you going?
I’m off on my vacation to Spain!
2. The dog days of summer
a. This expression is used to refer to the hottest time of the summer which is usually July and August.
It’s often too hot to go out during the dog days of summer.
3. Come rain or shine!
a. A short idiom which is often used amongst English natives, is this little phrase which means that something will happen, no matter the circumstances.
Don’t worry, come rain or shine, we will still go on holiday.
4. Summer fling
a. This is used to refer to a little summer romance! The word ‘fling’ means to throw something so this expression is usually reserved for something short and sweet but doesn’t last.
She met him while on holiday. It was a lovely summer fling before she returned home.
5. Indian Summer
a. This final expression we will show you today refers to an unusually hot, summer-like period which may occur in mid-autumn.
This year’s Indian summer has been unexpected and long.
We hope you’ve been able to take something away from this post today! Using idiomatic expressions is vital to sounding more like a native speaker as they make up a significant chunk of the English language.
Try to learn a few every week and slowly build up your expressions and challenge yourself to use them in various situations where you can!
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Until next time!