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There are so many idioms and expressions in English that have to do with fish and seafood! You might be fresh off the boat or feel like a fish out of water in an English-speaking country, but watch this video, and the world will be your oyster. You won`t clam up when you have to speak. You`ll stop being a dead fish in bed.

Once in a lifetime opportunity, and I must say, my very first idioms lesson. You people have asked me and requested, "Ronnie, please do idioms. Ronnie, please do idioms." And Ronnie goes, "Ronnie doesn`t like idioms because I don`t really use idioms." I don`t think they`re very useful. But then today, an idiom popped in my head, and it had to do with seafood. Now, I don`t remember what the idiom was because it was the morning and I was walking to school innocently. But I started to think about seafood and fish. I got a little sick because I hate seafood. I don`t really like fish either, but I thought, "Wow. You know what? I`m going to teach you because you want to learn about idioms." So here you go. Ronnie`s very first -- hopefully not the last -- lesson about idioms. These ones are with seafood and fish. The first one. You can say, "He or she is a shrimp." Now, do you know what a "shrimp" is? I will draw you a picture I`m not very good at drawing pictures, but I`m going to try. So a "shrimp" is a little sea creature that has a lot of legs and a tail. Yeah. It looks like that. So the meaning of "he`s a shrimp" or "she`s a shrimp" means the person is very short -- not necessarily thin, but quite short. So you can say the person "is a shrimp".

You probably want to eat that person now, don`t you? I don`t. So "he`s a shrimp" means a very short person. We have another expression that I really like. I don`t understand why we use it, but we do. "The world is your oyster." "Oyster" is another type of seafood. It`s a shellfish. Now, the problem with me and drawing shellfish is they`re all going to look the same. But an oyster is quite a large shellfish. The outside of the oyster is black, and inside, it can be either an orangey-pink color, or it can be white. And the thing that`s very special about an oyster is they make precious pearls. So maybe you have a pearl necklace. The pearl was made in an oyster. So the expression "the world is your oyster" means you can do anything you want to do. Isn`t that cool?

"The world is your oyster." Whatever you want to do, you can do it. There are no limits. If you want to do something, go and do it, and get a pearl necklace. Another expression is "a fine kettle of fish". This I don`t think is too difficult to understand, but "fine" means "very good", and a "kettle of fish" is a big pot full of fish. A long time ago, we were very dependent on nature for our food. So having a big kettle or a big pot of fish was a really, really good thing because that means that you would have a lot of food to live on. Now, we have processed food and we can make genetic food, so we don`t rely on nature as much as we used to. So "a fine kettle of fish" means you`re going to eat for a while. But we mean this to be a really, really good situation. So it`s a good situation. The next one, "pool shark". "Pool shark", funnily enough -- "pool" -- maybe you`re thinking of a swimming pool. No, no, no. "Pool" is a game.

Another word for it is "eight-ball". Okay? A different kind of pool game is billiards. So eight-ball and pool are the same, and billiards is different. But a "pool shark" is someone -- usually a man -- who is very, very good at the game of eight-ball or the game of pool. Just in case you don`t know, "eight-ball" is a game -- you have 16 balls here. And the object is to use a cue and to hit the balls into the pockets. So if you are a "pool shark", it means you are very good at this game. This is not a good thing, "fish outta water". Now, "outta" is how we would normally say "out of". But in native speaking, we don`t say "out of"; we say "outta". "Fish outta water."

So if you think about this -- if you`re a fish, where do you live? The ocean or a fish tank if you`re not a lucky fish. If you`re a "fish out of water", what`s going to happen? First of all, you`re going to feel very uncomfortable, probably a little dry, and then guess what? You`re going to die. So people use the expression to say, "I feel like" or "I felt like a fish out of water." It basically means that you feel very uncomfortable. It doesn`t mean you`re going to die. It just means you feel very uncomfortable. Good.

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All English classes by Ronnie. Ronnie teaches English in a fun and easy way. This is all real English that you can start using today!

These lectures series containing bellow Contents:

  • 15 Fishy Expressions In English, 6 Confusing Words: Fun & Funny, Famous & Popular, Surprise & Shock, 9 Homophones - Commonly Confused Words In English, A, AN, THE - Articles In English
  • Basic English Grammar "Was" And "Were", Do, Does, Did, Don`t, Doesn`t, Didn`t, Have, Has, Had, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb, TO BE Verb, TOO MUCH, TOO MANY, A LOT OF, Pronouns - SHE, HER, HE, HIS, Basic English Pronunciation - Simple Vowel Sounds, Basic MATH Vocabulary In English
  • British & American English: Cars & Driving Vocabulary, Food Vocabulary, BURNED Or BURNT? Irregular Verbs In American & British English, Common Mistakes In English - Choose & Choice, Conditionals - Zero & First Conditionals (English Grammar), Confused Words - LIVE & LIVE
  • Conversation Skills - Giving Your Opinion, How To Avoid A Conversation!, How To Keep A Conversation Going, Learn New Words And Keep A Conversation Going!, Speak With Confidence, Hesitation Devices - Uh... Um..., DON`T BE SHY!, DO & MAKE - How To Talk About Housework In English, EMERGENCY Vocabulary In English
  • English Grammar - Adjectives & Adverbs, Easy Introduction To Passive, Gerund Or Infinitive? (`I Like Swimming` Or `I Like To Swim`?), Stative Verbs, Superlative Adjectives - Biggest, Best, Most Beautiful, Etc., Tag Questions
  • English Pronunciation - 4 Common Mistakes, ABCDEFG - How To Say Letters!, CAN & CAN`T, E & I, How To Pronounce Numbers, J & Y, P & B, R & L, S & SH, English Pronunciation - Th & S, Words Ending With ION
  • English Slang - FREAK, ext Messaging: LOL WTF BRB And More!, English Speaking - Mistakes & Regrets ("I Should Have Studied" Etc.), English Vocabulary - Appointments & Reservations, Bad Eyesight: Glasses, Contacts, Optometrist, Eye Doctor..., Birth & Growing Up, Death And Dying, Getting Dressed, How T Use PLAY, GO, DO For Sports, In The Bedroom..., Listen & Hear - What`s The Difference?, Look / See / Watch, LOST, Marriage And Divorce, The Difference Between "Want" & "Need", The Face And Hair
  • English Vocabulary For The Ladies - Talking About Your Period, Future Tense - WILL & GOING TO, GETTING HIGH With Ronnie!, How Not To Swear!, How Slang Is "Made" In English - Bad-Ass, Wicked, Deadly, Sick, How To Change A Verb Into A Noun!, How To Improve Your Listening In English, How To Learn Grammar – Any Grammar!!!, How To Pronounce `H` In English -- Not `A` Or `R`!, How To Pronounce Irregular Verbs In English - CAUGHT, BOUGHT, THOUGHT..., How To Pronounce P And F In English, How To Pronounce Words That End With NG (English Pronunciation), How To Remember Vocabulary, How To Send A Letter In English, How To Talk About Prices In English - Basic Vocabulary, How To Talk About Your Friends In English, How To Understand Native Speakers` Questions In English, How To Write A Basic Paragraph
  • Improve Your Conversation Skills With WH Questions, Internet Safety, Job Interview Skills - Dos And DON`Ts, Questions And Answers
  • 5 Common Mistakes When Talking About Food, How To Make The `PH` Sound, TO & FOR, Vocabulary In The BATHROOM :), Learn English Vocabulary: Beauty And Makeup, Basic Kitchen Vocabulary, Does The C Sound Like S Or K?, FOOTBALL Vocabulary, Learn Grammar: Negative Questions In English, Learn Real English - How To Pay With DEBIT Or CREDIT CARDS, SHOPPING, Money Slang In English $$$, OLD SCHOOL Vocabulary...Too Formal!, Past Simple And Past Perfect - Tenses In English, Play All Share Save
  • Present Perfect Or Past Perfect?, Pronunciation - How To Make The `R` Sound In English, N, KN, QU, V & W, Words Ending With X, T, CK, Words Starting With B (Bird, Beard, Bear, Bare...), Slang In English - Bodily Noises - FART, BURP, YAWN, HICCUP, QUEEF, CHILL - "Chill Out", "Let`s Chill"..., PISS, Speak Like A Canadian, Speaking English - Bad Habits, Classroom Vocabulary And Expressions, Going To The Dentist, How To Count Syllables, How To Order In A Restaurant, Talking About Accidents, Talking About Family, Talking About Your Age, How To Say CH & SH, How To Say P, F, B, V
  • Spelling & Pronunciation - Words With Silent Letters, Talk Like A Native Speaker - GONNA, HAVETA, WANNA, TALK, SPEAK, TELL - What`s The Difference?, Tenses In English - Future Or Present Continuous?, Thanksgiving - What Is It?, Transportation Vocabulary & Phrasal Verbs - GET ON, GET OUT OF, RIDE, GO, Vocabulary - Borrow, Lend, Rent, Use, Going To The Beach, Renting An Apartment, Tools & Hardware: Screw, Hammer, Wrench, Level..., Vowel Pronunciation - A & O, Vowel Pronunciation - U, What Is St. Patrick`s Day?, What The Hell Is Halloween?, When NOT To Use `To` In English - Grammar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 About English Language

English_language_62English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca. It is an official language of almost 60 sovereign states and the most commonly spoken language in sovereign states including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations. It is the third-most-common native language in the world, after Mandarin and Spanish. It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the European Union and of the United Nations, as well as of many world organisations.

English arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and what is now southeast Scotland. Through the worldwide influence of England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom from the 17th to mid-20th centuries under the British Empire, it has been widely propagated around the world. Through the spread of English literature, world media networks such as the BBC, the American film and television industry, and the Internet, English has become the leading language of international discourse and the lingua franca in many regions and in professional contexts such as science.

Historically, English originated from the fusion of closely related dialects, now collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic settlers (Anglo-Saxons) by the 5th century; the word English is simply the modern spelling of englisc, the name used by the Angles and Saxons for their language, after the Angles` ancestral region of Angeln (in what is now Schleswig-Holstein). The language was also influenced early on by the Old Norse language through Viking invasions in the 9th and 10th centuries.

The Norman conquest of England in the 11th century gave rise to heavy borrowings from Norman French: thus a layer of elaborate vocabulary, particularly in the field of governance, and some Romance-language spelling conventions were added to what had by then become Middle English. The Great Vowel Shift that began in the south of England in the 15th century is one of the events that mark the emergence of Modern English.

In addition to native words inherited from Anglo-Saxon, and those borrowed from Old Norse and Norman French, a significant number of English words came into the language from Latin, because Latin was the lingua franca of the Christian Church and of European intellectual life for the first millennium of the development of English.

Owing to the assimilation of words from many other languages throughout history, modern English contains a very large vocabulary, with complex and irregular spelling, particularly of vowels. Modern English has not only assimilated words from other European languages, but from all over the world. The Oxford English Dictionary lists more than 250,000 distinct words, not including many technical, scientific, and slang terms

 
 
 
 
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