Friday, December 15, 2017

Give power to your writing and talk by using idiomatic expressions

Lesson: Interpret each idiomatic expression (two sets) and cite an example to illustrate each.   
Dr Abe V Rotor 

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We encounter idioms everyday, they are part of our conversation and writing. They carry our messages more effectively, often with a touch of diplomacy.  Idioms create "pictures" in our imagination, and broaden the scope of our message to the point of  delivering a lesson.  It may sound moralistic in some cases: "Sour grapes!" "Save for the rainy day." Or apologetic: "To err is human." "Bato-bato sa langit, ang matamaan ay huwag magalit."  

Idioms drive what we want to say straight to the point, like "hitting the nail on the head," or "hitting two birds with one stone." Instead of "going around the bush."

There are hundreds of idiomatic expressions in the English language, and thousands in other languages and dialects. Here are example of idioms in Tagalog:  
1.     Pagputi ang uwak 
2.     Itaga sa bato  
3.     Suntok sa buwan 
4.     Ilista sa tubig 
5.     Gatas sa labi
6.     Buto't balat
7.     Butas ang bulsa 
8.     Magaan ang kamay
9.     Kabiyak ng dibdib
10. Matigas ang katawan
11. Bulaklak ng dila 
12. Mahaba ang kamay
13. Maitim ang buto
14. May nunal sa paa
15. Bilog ang buwan
Have a ready list of sayings and idioms to guide you in delivering a speech, in participating in debates and discussions, in writing news and feature stories, or simply in everyday conversation. 

Acknowledgement: Internet

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