69 Comments on “English Idioms – ‘Hand’”

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hello. I am Van. I am a student so i want to learn english well

Friday, April 17th 2009

    hi. handsome

    Sunday, December 4th 2011

Really good lesson, but I don’t know if I get it.
Please, Could you write just one example for each one of the Idioms that you
– Handy
– Hand in It
– Hand on
– Hands Off
– Handful


Friday, April 17th 2009

    I understand that you asked your question about 10 years ago and you’re not visiting this site nowadays, but I decided to write some examples for my own practice.
    1.I can’t fry eggs because I don’t have a pan handy.
    2. My family had a wonderful dinner yesterday and I also had a hand in it.
    3. I used to want hands on playing the piano, but I’m not interested in it anymore.
    4. Hands off! It’s dangerous!
    5. I didn’t know that riding a horse is a handful.

    Sunday, January 13th 2019

Hi James, I´m from Argentina, I love English and I want to learn everything about it, actually I´m studying for being an English teacher. Your lesson was great and very useful and I think you´re really funny. Greetings, take care.

Friday, April 17th 2009

    Hi, Cintia, I am studying to be an english teacher too, well If you want to have a colleague or to chat one day, this is my email

    Wednesday, February 29th 2012

This lesson is very handy and now we can have hands on English

Saturday, April 18th 2009

I have a mind to hit your lesson. Thank a lot!!!

Sunday, April 19th 2009

Hello James, I’ve like so much lesson your.
You are the best teacher.. congratulation for your job.
see you next time.

Sunday, April 19th 2009

Hello James,
there is any transcript of your video?
thank you

Monday, April 20th 2009

I loved that explanation, you helped me because I was looking for.
Be the same and gongratulations…a big hug…

Monday, April 20th 2009






Wednesday, April 22nd 2009

hey you are very good teacher I’v ever seen….good luck ….

Saturday, April 25th 2009

Hi Teacher!

I have just listened you English Video on the internet via page.
As you recommended on the Video of ”imprvove reading skill” we should take three times to read a reading task, the first is skim, the second is deep reading and the third is completely deep reading step.
If i do that in the Toefl IBT test, i think it will take our time to do that and we will not have enough time to do other task. I dont know how can i complete other task, i am thinking now.
Help me make it clear. i want to learn english to be a good english learner as well as.

Many thanks

Monday, April 27th 2009

Hi Janes
I want to ask you if you could put a evaluation quiz about your video.
Thanks a lots for your useful lesson.
Ps. I don’t know if the verb “ask” was used correctly, because I have a great confusion when I can use verbs: “to ask, to request, to petition,  to apply and  to require”

Friday, May 1st 2009

i only só bigining .thank

Thursday, May 7th 2009

yay!that was great .. discuss more idioms my dear teacher!:) it’s really a big help!

Thursday, May 7th 2009

What’s up James ?

Mannnn, i love phrasal verbs!
Could you do more videos about it ?

Your classes are very nice!

Wednesday, May 20th 2009

hi, Idioms were very difficult to me ,but I started to have a hand on them.thanks.

Friday, June 5th 2009

thank you!

Saturday, June 13th 2009

Hi James, I am an English Language teacher. your lessons a great help. you are really wonderful, so vivacious. your way of teaching is brilliant.

Wednesday, July 1st 2009

thank you on all things

Saturday, July 11th 2009

Hi James. Thank for your lesson is so useful or handy

Monday, July 20th 2009

This lesson is very handy and I’m happy that I can hand in your lessons!

Monday, July 27th 2009

You are a good teacher. I like your lesson 2 much. BU t, i don’t get it very well. I would like to have more information about this lesson thanks

Wednesday, July 29th 2009

hi james.
I love learning your usefull idioms..but i am not very good at could you please speak a little bit slower? thank you…

Monday, September 7th 2009

Hi James

I like your method and I understand every thing from you .
you make me very happy ^_^
thank you

Friday, June 25th 2010

Hi James, what about handsome ?

Sunday, July 11th 2010

you are the best the worlg

Sunday, October 10th 2010

hi there!
just wonna say thanks for the such good site!

Tuesday, October 19th 2010

jajajajajaj esta lindo

Tuesday, November 16th 2010

I’m glad to see your lesson. I hope that I use them frequently. But I feel difficult about making sentence. Are these correct?
“I don’t have any phone handy.”
“I should have hand in event.”
“And I want hands on experience.”
“So plea~se hands off from me.”
“I am a handful enough because of my little brother.”

Wednesday, January 19th 2011

thank you james

Saturday, February 26th 2011

This is an amazing lesson! What can be better than a great explanation and a cool sense of humour? =))

Saturday, February 26th 2011

this is an amazing lesson!

Saturday, February 26th 2011

Hi James
Can you send more exmaples?

Thank you


Saturday, April 16th 2011

Hi James,
why do you never have a quiz at your lessons? (almost never!!!)I think quiz are very useful ways to memory lessons. Thank you for your answer.

Wednesday, May 4th 2011

    He’s too lazy!

    Friday, May 13th 2011

      And also do not reply to the comments. Only Rebecca answers to the comments and she is my favorite teacher.

      Friday, October 28th 2011


    Friday, June 17th 2011

Is handful a noun or an adjective? It looks like an adjective but you use it like a noun. So…

Saturday, May 7th 2011

thank you mr James i relly like your jokes

Wednesday, May 25th 2011

thanks James
your lesson is so handy..
and I am gonna try to get hands on them..

Saturday, August 13th 2011

Hi James,
Very handy lesson on hand idioms and I thank you for such beneficial lesson.

Friday, October 28th 2011

awesome james thanks..

Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

Thank you all for these helpful and refreshing lessons. I use them for my language pupils. But standing in front of the text of the whiteboard is not nice.(You are not transparent at all!!) Sometimes the grammar is incomplete. But altogether you all make a good job.
Thanks and greetings from Germany!

Sunday, March 11th 2012

thanks for ur work.. but the quiz is missing. i think a quiz would be handy.

Tuesday, March 13th 2012

Thanks James I needed vocabulary!!

Monday, March 26th 2012

very good james it is realy helfull

Sunday, June 10th 2012

8:07 who hand?

Friday, June 15th 2012

Thank you James, your lesson is really handy ^^ But I’m wondering what “join hands” mean… Please show me the meaning if it’s a hand idiom, too.

Thursday, June 21st 2012

Dear teacher,
What is the opposite of ‘handy’?

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

Hi, your class is very good and I like it. But I was just wondering what’s the big E stand for and I didn’t get the meaning of hand in. Thanks.

Friday, July 6th 2012

Hi, Marcos. This is some examples about HAND.
1. I like to keep my tools HANDY.
2. The teacher told the children to HAND IN their exericise-book.
3. When you have finished reading these notes, HAND them ON to me.
4. HANDS OFF!=Just don’t touch.
5. A HANDFUL of sweets.

Wednesday, December 12th 2012

Very useful lesson, thank you so much

Friday, January 4th 2013

thank you
but can you speak slowly , you speak very fast

Tuesday, April 30th 2013

Great lesson. But could you please add the quiz? Thank you James.

Saturday, October 5th 2013

you are the best teacher :)

Saturday, March 8th 2014

Hi James,
thanks a lot for great lesson.
take care

Thursday, April 3rd 2014


Sunday, July 6th 2014

Wow! great lesson. Thank you.

Friday, September 25th 2015

I’m really handful and I can’t learn English.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015

Handle and useful lesson about English Idioms with the word “hand”. Thanks a lot teacher James from EngVid.

Thursday, December 1st 2016

Can anyone tell me the meaning of the idiom ” white and ocean blue”?

Sunday, February 5th 2017

Thank you

Monday, July 24th 2017

nice lesson thank’s so much

Wednesday, December 20th 2017


Monday, January 8th 2018

Thanks Mr. James! Why not to tell us about “…handy Andy…”.

Sunday, March 17th 2019

James, I love your lessons. Your lessons are clear to me. You are a very good teacher

Saturday, January 4th 2020

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