Learn How to Master English Idioms

Idioms are an essential part of any language, and English is no exception. Learning idiomatic expressions can be challenging, as they often don’t follow the rules of grammar or have literal meanings. However, there’s a fun and effective way to pick up idioms while enjoying your favorite movies and TV shows in English.

In this article, we’ll explore how you can enhance your language skills and fluency by incorporating cinematic experiences into your learning process.


How to Learn Idioms
Practice idioms with writing and conversation. | Photo by Monstera Production


Choose the Right Movies and TV Shows

Not all movies and TV shows are created equal when it comes to learning idioms. To maximize your learning experience, consider the following:

  • Genre Matters: Certain genres, like comedies and dramas, are more likely to use idiomatic expressions than others. Comedies, in particular, are a goldmine for idioms due to their use of humor and wordplay.
  • Subtitles are Your Friends: Enable English subtitles while watching, as this will help you understand the context in which idioms are used. It’s a valuable aid for comprehension.
  • Familiar vs. New Material: While revisiting your favorite English-language movies and TV shows is great, don’t be afraid to explore new ones. Fresh content often introduces new idiomatic expressions.

Keep a Notebook Handy

While watching, have a notebook or a digital note-taking device ready. Whenever you come across an idiom you’re not familiar with, jot it down along with the context in which it was used. Make a habit of reviewing and expanding your list regularly.

Research and Understand

Once you’ve compiled a list of idioms, take the time to research and understand their meanings. There are various resources online, such as dictionaries and idiom databases, that can provide explanations and example sentences. This step is crucial to grasp the nuances and proper usage of each idiom.

Contextualize and Practice

To ensure you remember and use idioms correctly, practice is key. Try to create your sentences using the idioms you’ve learned. Also, make an effort to contextualize these expressions in your daily conversations. The more you use them, the more natural they will become in your speech.

Join Discussion Forums

Online communities and discussion forums dedicated to language learning are excellent places to share and discuss idioms you’ve encountered in movies and TV shows. Engaging in discussions can help you gain different perspectives on idioms’ usage and learn from others’ experiences.

Try Language Learning Apps

There are several language learning apps and platforms that offer idiom-focused exercises and quizzes. These can be a great way to reinforce your understanding and application of idioms learned through cinematic experiences.

The Idiom Workbook

To further enhance your idiom-learning journey, consider investing in an idiom workbook like ESL Idioms and Worksheets: Common English Idioms with Meanings and Examples. This workbook is designed to consolidate your knowledge, provide additional exercises, and ensure that you’re not only familiar with idiomatic expressions but also confident in using them in various contexts.



Learning idioms through movies and TV shows in English can be both enjoyable and effective. By immersing yourself in the language and culture presented on screen, you’ll not only improve your understanding of idiomatic expressions but also enhance your overall language skills. So, grab some popcorn, queue up your favorite film or series, and embark on a cinematic journey to master English idioms today!

Ready to take your idiom learning to the next level? Check out ESL Expat’s comprehensive idiom workbook on Amazon!


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