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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The professor spoke a mile a minute, so __________.

"So, did Ricardo spill the beans about what happened in school today?"

This means:

"I know you're supposed to be on a diet, but do you think I can talk you into sharing some of this delicious chocolate cake?"

This means:

Cindy had nothing to do on Sunday afternoon so she called an old friend to shoot the breeze. They spoke on the phone for almost an hour.

What happened after Cindy called her old friend?

"John was planning to go to the cottage for the weekend, but his parents talked him out of it by reminding him he had to send in his university applications soon."

According to this sentence, what did John do in the end?

"My brother and I don't speak the same language when it comes to politics."

What does this mean?

"The salesperson tried to talk me into buying the more expensive pair of shoes. I guess he works on commission!"

What did the salesperson try to do?

"Hey, you're speaking a mile a minute and I can't understand what you want me to do."

What is happening here?

"I really enjoy being with Paul. We speak the same language and always have such a pleasant time together. That's much more interesting than arguing with someone!"

Why does the speaker like being with Paul?

"When are you going to spill the beans about your date with Jack?"

What does this mean?


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155 Comments on “6 idioms about TALKING”


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Thanks a lot! It’s an useful lesson indeed. I scored 10 out of 10. By the way, one of the idioms you explained about (to speak the same language) is also used in my native language.
Best regards

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

    We also use this idiom in Portuguese!

    Thursday, June 27th 2013

    That’s interesting and nice at the same time. So do we in Italy ;-) We all speak the same language!

    Saturday, October 26th 2013

      Also we use to say: “we’re in tune” like a radio. In Italian: “Siamo sintonizzati”

      Saturday, October 26th 2013

100 % tks a log

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Hi Rececca a small reqest could you please write about your last example about ideoms.
I tried to replay again and again but you talked a mile a minute so i could not understand the last example.

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

    you can take from the quiz.

    Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

    “My girlfriends talked me out of staying at home crying over my old boyfriend and they talked me into going out with them to the party”
    In this case “girlfriends” refers to “female friends”.

    Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

thanks so much !

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Rebecca,you are a #1 teacher ,always teaching a useful lesson.

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Thanks Rebe!!!

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Dear Rebecca, It was fantastic lesson. Please make more videos like this. They are so useful.
You always choose the best topics and explain them clearly and understandable. Thanks a million.

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Very interesting these idioms.

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Great! I got 10 out of 10! We speak the same language, Reb! Thanks c:

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Thanks a lot for all your help i´m really grateful to all of you, my English skills are increasing each day because of you and I just want to say THANKS :)

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Yes!! I got 10 out of 10 Thank you Rebecca, you are a great teacher…:)

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

I GOT 8 TO 10 , YOU’RE A GREAT TEACHER >
THANKS

Thursday, June 27th 2013

I only got 90%, :(, I made a little mistake on “spill the beans”, I hope I’ll be lucky next time :)

Thursday, June 27th 2013

    Hello, I wonder why my comment of yesterday is still waiting to be approved till now, or maybe I wrote something which is not allowed :(

    Friday, June 28th 2013

      Don’t worry, it was just waiting to be approved! I pretty much only delete a comment if you’re proposing to the teacher :)

      Saturday, June 29th 2013

thank you Rebecca i got 10 out of 10 , i spend interesting time here with you and other teachers .

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thanks Rebecca , It wa

Thursday, June 27th 2013

    testing

    Saturday, June 29th 2013

Thanks Rebecca , It was a great lesson ,and I’ve got 100%.

Thursday, June 27th 2013

:) THANK YOU
:) شكــرا لـك

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Hi Rebecca. Thank you for the useful lesson. I like your quizzes because you give a lot of examples.

Thursday, June 27th 2013

    Glad to hear the quizzes help you. It’s always good to check whether you have understood a new point. All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Hi Rebecca, that help me so much, thank you for that lesson.

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thank you Rebecca. You make things simple, I like it a lot.

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thank you!
Do these phrasers work for BRITISH English?
I mean, Cambridge Exams.

Thursday, June 27th 2013

    Yes, they do. All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thank you Rebecca! Nice lesson

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thanks Rebecca ,just want to know if these are useful in UK

Thursday, June 27th 2013

    Sure, yes, they are used worldwide. All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

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Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thanks Rebecca
Very useful lesson!

Thursday, June 27th 2013

amazing lesson )) we want more idioms in English plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thanks so much, Rebecca! In Brazil, we also use “to speak the same language” with the same meaning explained in this lesson! Teach us more idioms, please!

Thursday, June 27th 2013

    Glad you enjoyed the lesson. We will certainly be recording more lessons on idioms. My best wishes to you, Janilza.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Great video. Thanks for the very useful content.

Friday, June 28th 2013

Thanx it’s very useful :)

Friday, June 28th 2013

Thanks Rebecca. I have a new questions. Would you like to explain to us when is good to use the question: “Wat’s up?” and what is exact the meaning for it. If someone is using it which are the best possible answers? Thank you very much for answering to us. Cata

Friday, June 28th 2013

    What’s up?

    This means the same as:
    What’s happening?
    What’s new?
    What’s going on?

    It can also mean:
    What’s wrong?

    The answers depend on the situation, and range from saying “Nothing special” to actually describing what’s going on.
    All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thanks Rebecca, I like your teaching.

Friday, June 28th 2013

thnx so much . you are excellent forever

Friday, June 28th 2013

i like it, it’s very useful for me about english idioms one of my problem in learning english

Friday, June 28th 2013

    Yes, you are not alone. Everyone finds idioms challenging, but you can make progress one idiom at a time! My best to you.

    Wednesday, December 11th 2013

Thank you for this lesson. :)

Friday, June 28th 2013

thanks. this is a beautiful and exciting lesson

Friday, June 28th 2013

i got an a in this test Miss : Rebecca i just don’t now how can i thank you i’m really thankful those were an magnificent idioms , i hope you make some lesson for conversational skills please , sending big Hi from Egyptian Nile to you ♥ ;)

Saturday, June 29th 2013

    I am so glad to hear you found the lesson helpful. My best wishes to you in Egypt.

    Wednesday, December 11th 2013

thanks for this lesson.

Sunday, June 30th 2013

Hi Rebecca,
I’m wondering if you could make a video to explain me this doubt, please:
What is the right way:
March THE 4th?
Or
March 4h?

Thank you in advance!
Best wishes,

Simara Moreira

Monday, July 1st 2013

    usually we just say March 4th. Sometimes we use March the 4th, if we are trying to emphasize the date. The first way is always correct, so best to use that. All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

I could perfectly understand what these 6 idioms mean, but I’d like to know what “he works on commission” mean.

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

    It means as much as he can sale shoes,therefore he could get more money beyond of his salary.

    Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

      Thanks!

      Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

    It is easy to understand.
    When you sell goods in a small shop (in retail trade) or in a warehouse (in wholesale trade) in comission, you will get a certain percentage after “the price of a sold good” or your full sale/selling.
    you can see here an example:
    A customer is looking for a shirt with green colour in your shop.
    You have more green shirts in his size and he likes all of them.
    There are 3 products that suit to your customer and now he must decide which one he should buy.
    However, He wants to buy the cheapest.
    It is wrong for you because you will get less “commission” after it. So, you try to “talk him out of buying it” and “talk him into buying the most expensive one”.
    the price of first product is “400$”,
    the price of second product is “500$”,
    the price of third product is 600$.
    -Question?
    Which (one) will you force him to buy it? or to persuade him to buy it? The third one!
    -Why?
    There are 2 chances in getting “commission” :
    1. If you only get percentage after your sale:
    for example: 6%
    You get 6 per cent commission after your selling.
    you will get 600$*0.06=36$ after your selling only this one product!
    It is higher than the others.
    2. If you get not only percentage but a basic salary too, then you will get even a bonus above your salary.
    we say:
    you got bonus above your salary.
    Your salary is 2000$ per month.
    You sold products in 1000$ value.
    Your bonus will be : 1000$*0.06 = 60$.
    The full money you will get after your sale: 2060$.
    Of course:
    You will offer the third one to your customer.

    So, you are motivated to sell the customers more and more products because you will get more and more money.
    I hope I wrote good and it is understandable.

    Friday, November 15th 2013

      Wow, it was very kind of you to offer such a detailed explanation to the question posed by sunshine above. Thank you and my best wishes to each of you!

      Wednesday, December 11th 2013

Thanks

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

100 Thank you for your good lesson

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

Thanks a lot

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

coud you let me know if “speak the same language” likes “hit it off”???

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

    They’re very similar! “Hit it off” is less about agreeing with each other and more about just getting along.

    Friday, July 5th 2013

      Thanks, engvid moderator!

      Wednesday, December 11th 2013

thanks, i can use idiom while talking now

Friday, July 5th 2013

Thanks a lot Dear Rebecca! I appreciate your help. I would like that all the teachers could make a call center interview like a helpful learning tool to have a success impression

Friday, July 5th 2013

    Thanks for your suggestion. I will pass it on. All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

      you r wlcm ma’m

      Thursday, November 21st 2013

thnx ma’m it’s very helpfull…
this is my first comment coz i could not hold my horses to appreciate ur efforts n cause…

Saturday, July 6th 2013

madam i need to know the errors in the following sentences and correct answers as well will u plz help me out in this regard?
1.The lady brought a comb for the baby with celluloid teeth
2.Between You and I he’s richer than me
3.I have great pleasure to accept your invitation
4.pushing open the bedroom door, a Jug of water fell on his head
5.I wish He was there
6.Who are you talking about?
7.Being a rainy day I did not go out
8.There is no place in the bus
9.Though he is rich but he is not proud
10.I prefer to read than to write
11.He seldom or ever make a mistake
12.He committed suicide twice before he died
13.Being a cold day I did not go out of room
14.I am hardly pressed for time

Saturday, July 6th 2013

Hi Rebecca. I got 10 out of 10 and these are very good idioms. Thank you for your help. Good blessed you.

Unmi

Sunday, July 7th 2013

I know that ” SHOOT THe breeze ” is to shoot with no result , with no target ,, Which one is correct !!!

Monday, July 8th 2013

    “To shoot the breeze” has nothing to do with guns, or shooting or anything like that. It means to talk casually and unhurriedly about light topics, like when you are sitting out on a porch on a Saturday in summer, with a cool glass of lemonade and a friend drops by…

    Hope this helps you. MY best wishes to you.

    Wednesday, December 11th 2013

Hi rebecca,
I have tryied to download all your video lesson (101 qty), but no be success
please send me all of its to my mail, if possible
Tanks

Monday, July 8th 2013

Thanks!

Monday, July 8th 2013

Thank you Rebecca about these wonderful idioms…I hope more.

Tuesday, July 9th 2013

Thank you for the useful lesson.
:)

Tuesday, July 9th 2013

thank you very much ,it is very useful lesson for me ,something new

Tuesday, July 9th 2013

Thanks Rebecca you’re a great teacher :)

Tuesday, July 9th 2013

Good lesson, I need more of this kind of lesson, because I am in USA now, so i need them a lot.

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

It’s incredible! I’m done! Thank you!

Thursday, July 11th 2013

Rebecca, you are really good on this matter and I like the sound of your voice too!

Thanks.

Thursday, July 11th 2013

    Thanks! All the best to you!

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

I did the quiz perfectly. why do we have to use: talk me into/out instead of: talk to me into/out?
thanks

Friday, July 12th 2013

    To talk someone into something means to convince them to do something.

    To talk someone out of something means to convince them not to do something.

    This is the way the idiom is phrased. When we say I talked to him about something, it is the regular use of the word talk, not the idiomatic use. My best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thank you Rebecca. I have learned much from your lessons. Could you explain use of the word “awesome”.

Tuesday, July 16th 2013

    The word “awesome” is often used as slang today to mean great, terrific, amazing, unbelievable, etc.

    All the best!

    Wednesday, December 11th 2013

I got to 9 out of 10. not bad.Thanks Rebecca.

Wednesday, July 17th 2013

Thanks Rebecca..you guys are doing a brilliant job…I can see the improvement in myself…
Thanks a lot…

Sunday, July 21st 2013

    Happy to hear you are making progress…all the best to you.

    Wednesday, December 11th 2013

thanks

Sunday, July 21st 2013

thank you

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013

Thanks Rebecca… good lesson

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013

Rebecca , you are a great teacher .. beleive

me i enjoy all of your lectures ..

Friday, July 26th 2013

Great lesson, I really understand this,
but i’ve got a question
could I say this: We don’t speak the same language or we speak different languages. ???

Tuesday, August 6th 2013

    Yes, you could say that. Good for you to think of it, too. My best wishes to you, Jonathan.

    Wednesday, December 11th 2013

I got 100 %, Thank You Rebbeca for your kind explanation, and I love your smile, every teacher in Engvid very friendly and nice, thanks for all of You Guys.

Sunday, August 11th 2013

thank u Rebacca it is very useful when we are speaking

Friday, August 16th 2013

Such a great lesson Rebecca ! Thank you so much!

Thursday, September 5th 2013

Ms Rebecca,how r u? i need ur help… is the following sentence correct? ( Does a mountain climber enjoy climbing difficult mountains? No,they___________ )…what do u think about it… thanks in advance.

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

Thanks mam!

Thursday, September 19th 2013

Good for me!

Thursday, September 26th 2013

i’ve got 80 from 100 thank you rebbaca

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

“spill the beans” and “speak the same language” are also in my native language. We have got any others too but we put them another way. Those sind very valuable informations,
Thanks so much!

Sunday, October 13th 2013

This’s the fist I got 10 corret quiz :)))

Friday, November 15th 2013

Thank you very much, Rebecca!
It is great and very useful lesson!
I want to join Janilza and ask you
“Teach us more idioms, please!”
In Hungary, we also use “to speak the same language” with the same meaning explained in this lesson! :-)
It is not coming to here (in this subject) but I confused about it.
So I want to ask you.
I read it more this: “what happened”. I don’t understand wha not “what’s happened”. it is not a ‘passive sentence’?
So is it not correct if I say like this:
“What was happened after Cindy had called her old friend?”
(or it work as an idiom too?)
Thanks.

Friday, November 15th 2013

    Sorry, there are a few too many questions here to answer all of them. The last sentence should be:

    What happened after Cindy called her old friend?

    Also, “what happened?” and “what’s happened” is almost the same, so don’t worry too much about it, except the first is used to talk about anything that happened in the past and the second is used to refer to something that happened relatively recently.

    All the best to you, and yes, we will continue to have more lessons on idioms.

    Wednesday, December 11th 2013

quite interesting m njoyin

Thursday, November 21st 2013

Rebecca, you’re so professional ;-) I like the way you speak. Although, sometimes too slow for me ;). Very useful and I just can’t wait to use them at work. Thanks

Tuesday, November 26th 2013

Thanks Ms Rebecca

I speak the same language this is a useful lesson. is this correct?

got 90%

Monday, December 2nd 2013

100% :D Thanks a lot

Monday, December 2nd 2013

Thanks to all for your feedback. Mastering idioms is challenging, but worth the effort. My best wishes to each of you.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013

I’d like to thank dcsk for detailed explanation. It was very helpful! I will keep up my learning English :D

Saturday, December 14th 2013

oh wow, I dont know how did I catch u teacher but I cathed u. U began to speak so fast for example you were talking a mile a milion but now is different coz I understood thank a lot!”!!!! goodbye

Friday, January 31st 2014

Hi Rebecca,
Is it:
• to speak a mile a minute
• OR to talk a mile a minute
Thanks,
Frid Adm

Thursday, February 6th 2014

thanks

Saturday, March 1st 2014

I have got 80 marks . Thanks a lot .

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

tHANK YOU VERY MUCH REBECCA I AM LEARNING REAL FAST WITH YOU.

Friday, May 2nd 2014

10 out of 10. I am really happy! Thank you very much, Rebecca!

Saturday, May 10th 2014

In Mexico we use the same idioms.

Friday, May 23rd 2014

thanks a lot i got 90

Saturday, July 19th 2014

Thanks! I’ve got 100

Monday, July 21st 2014

Hi Rebecca how are you . I think fine ,I am Asif from UAE. I am a regular listener in http://www.engvid.com. I have a problem about vocabulary ,I cannot remember it long time can you help me about it how can I remember vocab long time .

Friday, July 25th 2014

I have got 100 thaxx…

Sunday, August 3rd 2014

100% yay!! Thank you very much.

Thursday, August 21st 2014

Thank a lot

Monday, August 25th 2014

thank you very much Mrs rebecca i appreciate all your efforts > this video helped me very much ,i scored 10 out of 10 by the way :D

Monday, September 29th 2014

I loved your website. it is very educational.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

dear mrs.rebecca! I have learnt Eng for a short time. and I have much dificulty in studying Eng. Ur lesson make me understand more about it. So I am very happy! Thanks very much.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Hi Rebecca, Very nice video with the nice quiz in the end, Can we have one more lesson on some more common idioms, Please. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Hi Rebecca. We are all enchanted with your lessons. Thanks so much, and God Bless you!

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

I got 10/10
Thank you Rebecca.

Wednesday, October 15th 2014

hi si.si i wanna one to chat with and learn from him so would you like to take my Facebook address???
https://www.facebook.com/mohannad.jalal.7

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

and thanks for the lesson its really wonderful :)

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

Great lesson! Thank you.

Saturday, February 14th 2015

Please upload more idioms about Business English. these are really very helpful.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
I am going to spill the beans about your lessons.
They are exciting, fascinating and rewarding.
Best regars.

Thursday, April 9th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
Sorry for the fault.
Best regards.

Thursday, April 9th 2015

Thanks, engvid moderator. All the best to you.

Thursday, April 9th 2015

my quiz rebecca:
90
You got 9 correct out of 10.
:)

Monday, April 20th 2015

тнαикѕ яєввα¢є ι gσт α 9 σf 10 ;)

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

i gt 8 of 10 thinks rebecca :) :)

Friday, September 25th 2015

I got 90, thanks

Tuesday, September 29th 2015

hi there and thanks a lot for this great idioms and greater teaching. you teach very well. I wish I had a teacher like Rebecca in my country. but i’m grateful that i can see your English training video.and best hop for you Rebecca.

Tuesday, October 13th 2015

Rebecca if it possible for you train us about GRE exam and GRE words. thanks a lot

Tuesday, October 13th 2015

i love this site to the moon and back
what are your opnion about my idiom?? :) :)

thanks for you efforts..

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015

Nice lesson. Very useful.

Sunday, November 15th 2015

uh it is so sad that i do understand 4 idioms of 6. i feel so difficult to understand about ” to talk someone into something” and then to talk someone out of something. :( anyone willing to explain me more detail ??

Tuesday, December 29th 2015

Thanks Rebecca for this useful idioms!

Wednesday, January 13th 2016

Why is no. 10 c, not a?

Saturday, July 30th 2016

Thank you for useful idioms

Sunday, September 4th 2016
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