February 19, 2011

Colorful Expressions


As you may have noticed, we have been posting in this blog our idioms of the day. It is our belief that these idioms could help you in your IELTS exam, especially in the Speaking module where you have to show among others your proficiency in handling a conversation in English.

Some of the idioms we have posted involve the use of colorful expressions to convey certain ideas. Take for instance "in the black", which means profitable. There's also "tell a white lie" which involves saying something that isn't true in order not to hurt or offend someone. Then there's "feel blue" which happens when you feel sad and depressed. "Until you're blue in the face" when you want to have an alternative way of saying "forever". "In the red" when you want to describe something which is unprofitable. Finally, there's "Was my face red!" when you want to show embarassment.

Now we have discovered an article that provides us with more colorful expressions. These expressions could be found in Alan Kennedy's Color/Language Project. Here's a sneak peek of some of his color idioms:

HighPoint IELTS Alan Kennedy's Color Idioms

Go to Alan Kennedy's Color Idioms to learn about the rest.

[NOTE: Scroll down until you reach the end of Alan Kennedy's table of idioms. It's interesting to see that he included some Tagalog/Filipino expressions as well. :)]