Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

how to add color to your English

Are you a big fan of music?

Music is a huge part of American culture as well as the English language.

We use music-related phrases to express our emotions and to make statements.

Today we’ll teach you a few of them so that you can start using them too.


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5 conversational music phrases:

  • “That’s music to my ears”: something nice to hear “When I hear my nephew laugh, it’s music to my ears!”
  • “Face the music”: accept something, maybe something you have been avoiding. “I really don’t want to do this project. Oh well, it’s time to face the music and get started.”
  • “Ring a bell”: something that sounds familiar. “His name doesn’t ring a bell.”
  • “Play it by ear”: to do something spontaneously without a plan “Where should we go for dinner? Let’s play it by ear.”  
  • “Toot (someone’s) own horn”: to brag “Ugh, that guy loves tooting his own horn! He’s so self-involved!”

What questions do you have from today?

Let us know in the comments below.

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