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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.
Which expression means that the person is not talking?

John is a smooth talker and an excellent salesman. You could say:

To "bite your tongue" means:

Lisa mistakenly said "I is" instead of "I am". We call that a _____________.

Fred was trying to remember the name of a movie. He said that ______________.

What is another way to call your native language?

To "speak in tongues" means:

Joe walks by a bakery. As he sees and smells the warm cinnamon buns, he starts to salivate and feels hungry. You could say:

Kitty grew up in Thailand. She learned English in high school. Her first language was Thai. Her mother taught her French when she was 8 years old. And she learned Spanish while she was in university in her 20s. What is Kitty's mother tongue?

I can't hear you. What's the matter? Has the ____________ got your tongue?


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61 Comments on “Learn 8 Expressions in English with ‘Tongue’”


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Thank you Ronnie. Do you also use the phrase ‘tongue in cheek’ ? Would you give me an example, please?

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

I’got 10. Thanks Ronnie. You’re so cool teacher.

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

id like to learn how to speak english.

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

hahah i got ten as well hahaha

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

may i ask between was and have ? when do i use it in sentence .

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

A lot of thanks Ronnie, amazing lesson, but you forget point five.
See you sonn again.

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

    It means that you do not remember the word. she is on tip tongue but you do not remember.
    “I know her – her name is on the tip of my tongue, but it won’t come to me.”

    Saturday, February 2nd 2019

Hi Ronnie! We use several of this phrases in Spanish like “Has the cat got your tongue?” but here are the mice not a cat: Did the mice eat your tongue? “bite your tongue” is very commonly used as well “on the tip of my tongue”, literally traduced. Mother tongue (and why not father tong) are also used, actually I’ve two mother (and father) tong, Spanish and Ukrainian. Thanks for this lesson!

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

    Hello, Jorge! After the watching this lesson I’ve looked for idioms with ‘tongue’ in my native languages (Belarusian or Russian) and remembered idiom ‘Tongue will bring you to Kiev’. As I see in your comment, Ukrainian is one of your mother tongues, so you must know it! It’s very interesting. Maybe you know the origin of this idiom?

    Tuesday, February 5th 2019

      Hi NataEV. I didn’t hear this proverb before but, you know, there are many proverbs in all languages, in Ukrainian also. After searching a bit in Google and I found this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g43IfjgyDLM in which the author explains that the proverb you mentioned could has two possible uses: the tong can head you anywhere or it can get you in trouble.

      Sunday, February 10th 2019

        Thank you for the answer and for sharing the link, I never heard about the long version, but it is completely changes the meaning.
        In the comments below I’ve share some idioms that are used in Belarus and translate them into English, maybe you will be interested. Of course, some of them can be similar to another languages’ idioms.

        Thursday, February 14th 2019

I don´t like the way you speak about avenagelists. You are worong about your remarks about them. Because not all people are the same and not all evangelists are the same. I am evangelists and we don´t ask for many to anyone.
I think these videos are for learning English and not for giving out of place comments.

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

said I had 80% but only had one worng

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

Thanks Ronni for a great lesson 👍💖💖

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

I got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

Thank you very much

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

You explained very well Ronnie, I did able to get 10, congratulations!

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

Thanks Ronnie for these expression tips!

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

I got 10

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

hello there

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

I loved the way you teach. You are so funny and I loved you. Thank you for your hard working.

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

it’s useful, thanks for your teaching.

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

Thank you Ronnie!!

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

THANK YOU.
YOU ARE GOOD TEACHER.

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

thank you ronnie

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

Thanks a lot! Such a great lesson!

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

It was very interesting lesson Thanks

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

Ten correct out of ten, thank you for the good lesson.

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

thank you very much Ronnie

Monday, February 4th 2019

Good

Monday, February 4th 2019

hi Ronnie

after the explanation of slip of tongue, you proved it practically………… got it? yes, its happened in your continuity of explanation…. yes. You really missed explaining the pint no 5. “on the tip of my tongue”

Monday, February 4th 2019

there were really helpful expressions.
thank you Ronni

Monday, February 4th 2019

Thank u Ronnie it was verry good les son
But i think that u forget to explain the 5th one :p

Monday, February 4th 2019

I got 10 out of 10 thank you.

Tuesday, February 5th 2019

Hi there! I’m from Belarus and my mother language is Belarusian. But the most people here speaks Russian language.
We also have idioms with the word ‘tongue’. Some of them is similar to English but we have a different ones as well. I’ve translated a few our idioms literally (word for word) from Russian language.

‘Long tongue’ – about the person who speaking too much and telling other people’s secrets.

‘Quick (brisk) on the tongue’ – about person who speaks well and have answers to all questions.

‘Sharp tongue’ – about sarcastic, waspish person.

‘Tongue without bones’ – speaking too much.

‘Tongue will bring you to Kiev’ – wish for a traveler to ask for direction more often (I like this one very much :)).

‘Can break down the tongue’ – about the words which is difficult to pronounce.

‘Tongue on the shoulder’ – about exhausted person.

‘Devil pulled his tongue’ – when you say something you shouldn’t say.

And so on and so forth! I’m happy to share this idioms with you. Share fun idioms you have in your language!

Tuesday, February 5th 2019

    Thank you for sharing these! It’s always interesting to see other languages’ idioms. We also have “sharp tongue”. And we describe words or phrases that are hard to pronounce as “tongue twisters”.

    Wednesday, February 6th 2019

Thank you Ronnie.

Tuesday, February 5th 2019

I’got 10. Thanks Ronnie. You’re awesome

Tuesday, February 5th 2019

Hi to all member, I am new want to learn English Hope you guys help me

Tuesday, February 5th 2019

My mother tongue is bahasa (Indonesia).

Tuesday, February 5th 2019

Very interesting! Thank you much!))

Wednesday, February 6th 2019

For the first time Igor everything right at the quiz, thank you Ronnie

Friday, February 8th 2019

Nice Ronnie

Friday, February 8th 2019

Thank you Ronnie, I love your way of teaching…!

Friday, February 8th 2019

I’ve got 10/10. Actually Vietanmese has a idiom about Tongue the same Belarus is “Tongue without bones’ but it’s the other meaning in vietnamese. Tongue without bones or soft tongue is means say lie, not true and probably this or that etc…

Friday, February 8th 2019

Thank you dear Ronnie. In Persian we have the exact expression ” on the tip of my tongue” and instead of cat we use mice or mouse “has the mice got your tongue” and some more ” red tongue would make green head gone with the wind” can not translate it; means some times you say a word and you lose your head, you could die.

Saturday, February 9th 2019

Thank you, Teacher Ronnie. I’ve learned something new about tongue expression today!!

Monday, February 11th 2019

Tank you Ronnie
Is there an expression to say the food is delicious?
Thanks

Tuesday, February 12th 2019

10 out of 10 without seeing the video :) yay

Tuesday, February 12th 2019

thanks ronnie Igot 100

Thursday, February 14th 2019

Thanks to my fav teacher, 10/10. =D

Monday, February 18th 2019

Thanks for your explaining this lesson and I hope you well.

Best Regards,
Xayaaka

Wednesday, February 20th 2019

I’m going to try another time just I got 60%

Wednesday, February 20th 2019

Good Action I do it. just I received the score of my test exam is 100% D

Wednesday, February 20th 2019

We have almost all these expressions on our mother tongue. We have another one to talk about a gossip person, ex: “Mary has a rag tongue” (in portuguese: “Maria tem uma língua de trapo).

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

Thank you so much Mses Ronnie.

Wednesday, February 27th 2019

it s a very interesting lessons.70 marks not bad initially. indeed i am enjoying it.

Monday, March 4th 2019

Thank you

Thursday, March 14th 2019

Thank for lessons

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

Hello everyone:)
It was a very interesting lesson.
Thanks for that.
See you later in the next lesson. :)

Saturday, April 13th 2019
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