AEE 761: Your Golden Opportunity to Avoid Red Flags and Learn Color Idioms in English

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Today we are talking about expressions and idioms that are related to colors!

What does it mean when someone says “my apartment building is very green”?

Find out what it means today so that you can have modern conversations with real native speakers.

 

Hello Lindsay,

First of all I want to tell you that All Ears English Podcast is the best tool for learning English I’ve ever come across. I was blown away the first time I heard it, and now, I can’t imagine my day without it. You guys are just amazing! Thank you 🙂

Here is what you might take an interest in: how about making listeners’ English more colourful by doing an episode on colours? I reckon sometimes it might be pretty confusing, especially, if you hear “sometimes you make me blue” in Alicia Keys’ song, and you don’t know what that is. Is it common to use colour-related idioms in a real coversation?

I would jump for joy if I heard an episode on that! Thank you for your awesome job!

Take care!

David

 

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5 great color idioms:

1- “Until you’re blue in the face”:  To do something until you are exhausted. This usually means that you did not have success. Example: “You can try to convince me until you’re blue in the face but I will never believe you.”

2- “A grey area”: A space that is not clear or is not well defined where something could go either way. Example: it’s not clear whose fault the accident was. There’s kind of a grey area when it comes to the damages to both cars.

3- “A red flag”: A warning or a sign that this is not a good choice. This comes up a lot in dating.  Example: “On our first date I asked the guy if he was close to his family and he said he hadn’t talked to them in 10 years. That was a red flag for me.” 

4- “A golden opportunity”: An amazing chance to do something that you might never get again.  Example: “Getting a chance to go on that business trip to Paris was a golden opportunity because I met a ton of people in my field.”

 

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