We have been learning about Idioms and Symbolsims!
Every language has its own idioms and expression and the English language has plenty of phrases that is useful to learn. Idioms are words or phrases that are not meant to be taken literally and usually have a cultural meaning behind them. Most of the English idioms you hear are offering advice’s but also contain some underlying principles and values. Our home-schooled children ages 10-11 have been having fun trying to work out what the meaning behind commonly used idioms we use in our our every day life.
It may seem odd that we would use so many phrases with meanings different from the literal meanings of the words that make up those phrases. Instead, our language reflects the complex beings that we are. Rather than using only literal, logical words and phrases, we choose to use expressions that paint word pictures and create humorous mental images. In this way, our languages and communications become richer and more robust!