Idiomatic Phrases Activity

Resource added: 03 December 2021

Show your students how fun languages can be with this idiomatic phrases activity!

This idiomatic phrases activity will help your pupils learn how to say the equivalent of 'to cost an arm and a leg' or 'like a bull in a china shop' in French, German, Italian and Spanish – something that is sure to make them giggle!

Why idiomatic phrases?

Idiomatic phrases can tell us a lot about the culture of the country in which a language is spoken and are always a hit with students – usually because the literal translations can sound quite funny to our ears.

Fun activities like these will help your students to see how interesting and exciting languages can be.

We’ve provided two sheets per language – the first is your copy, with the idiomatic phrase in the target language, the literal translation and the actual meaning or English equivalent.

The student copy has that final column left blank, encouraging them to think about what the phrase really means.

Before giving them the answers, why not go around the room to see what they’ve suggested? You could well be in for a few laughs!

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