Idioms – English Language Exercise

Have you bitten off more than you can chew by learning English? Are you in over your head?
These phrases may be confusing because they are idioms! You may have noticed similar phrases in a book, or spoken on television, or probably even as a lyric in a song. An idiom is a phrase that doesn’t make sense when translated literally, but has a figurative meaning. They are often used to add imagery to a description. They are a favorite of many writers and musicians because they create opportunities for creative word play. Most languages have idioms, and some of them are shared, can you think of any in your native language?

After this lesson you will find idioms a piece of cake! Unfortunately, there are many of them and each one will have to be learned separately. If you want to be fluent in English you will just have to bite the bullet, there’s no way to cut corners here. Hopefully, learning these idioms is like riding a bicycle because they are each unique and time flies while you think of the meaning for each of them. If you haven’t noticed I’m in my element as I’m writing these though they may drive some people up the wall. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Idioms Quiz

Match the idiom with its meaning.


DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel

DC and Marvel have a long and competitive history. Perhaps you prefer one over the other, but what remains clear is that Batman and Superman are still forces to be reckoned with. Should superheroes change? We think so. Change is good. It makes them endure.

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel| Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel| Fill in the Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel| True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below, as we would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

For other Learn English with the News segments, be sure to check out the rest of our posts:

Full Text:

While Marvel might be ahead of DC at the box office, DC still possesses the two most iconic superhero franchises: Batman and Superman. It turns out that this can be both a blessing and a curse. The Batman, an upcoming movie starring Robert Pattinson (of Twilight fame), is set to be released in March 2022.

Excitement over new films featuring these characters is often met with mixed emotions: joy on one side, angst on the other. Because Batman and Superman have been around since the 1930s, a lot of people have preconceived notions of what the characters represent, which is something that makes rebooting them difficult.

However, reshaping the characters is part of what makes them so durable. In the 1960s, Adam West starred in the campy Batman TV series. Tim Burton gave us a darker version of Batman in 1989. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was one of the best movies in DC’s history, if not in all of superhero movie history.

Superman, too, has gone through a lot of experimentation phases. In 2003, DC released “Superman: Red Son” which is an alternate history where Superman lands in the Soviet Union instead of the United States. Still, the place that Superman and Batman occupy in pop culture creates a unique set of challenges, and opportunities as well. While it’s hard to tell whether any superhero movie can live up to the hype, it’s a safe prediction that when The Batman releases in March, it won’t suffer a lack of critics.

Royal Baby Born | English Reading Exercise

On 6th May, 2019 Megan Markle, after a long, anticipated wait, gave birth to a baby boy: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Archie is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child. He was born at 05:26 (BST) and weighed 7lbs 3oz. Huge crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace to welcome baby Archie into the world!

Interestingly, Prince Harry and Megan have broken the mould by choosing non-traditionally royal names to name their bouncing baby boy. The name Archie means “brave” and some sources have been quick to point out that it is a very close anagram of ‘Rachel,’ Megan’s first name. Harrison, originally used as a surname, actually means “son of Harry.” Mountbatten-Windsor is the surname created in 1960 to combine the surnames of the Queen and Prince Philip when they got married. Altogether, creating a truly unique name.

You may have already noticed that baby Archie doesn’t have an official royal title. By royal decree, only the children and grandchildren of a monarch can have a royal title. The Queen made an exception and broke this rule by giving William and Kate’s three children royal titles! Archie will therefore simply be Master. This means he will lead a privileged life but not be bound by royal duties like his cousins.

You may be wondering, if Master Archie will ever be King! Succession to the British throne is by direct bloodline, making baby Archie currently 7th in-line to the throne. After his father, his three cousins, Prince Luis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George respectively, his uncle Prince William and his grandfather Prince Charles. All after the Queen of course, who is the longest-reigning British monarch and has reigned for a whopping 67 years!

Do you know any other interesting facts about the British Royal Family? Write them in the comment box below!

Royal Baby: Vocabulary Quiz

Test your knowledge! Match the vocabulary from the article above with the definition.