Bbc Learnin English Lessons. English Idioms Blue. In this video lesson, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with the colour blue.
1. A bolt from the blue: unexpected and shocking surprise or event (e.g.: â€œShe had been working in the company for twenty years, so when she quit, it must have felt like a bolt from the blueâ€)
2. Once in a blue moon: infrequently, not often, once in a while
3. Until you are blue in the face: highly exasperated, very infuriated
Script of the video:
Hello, Iâ€™m a very interesting and intelligent man.
And today, the colour blue and I are getting together to teach you some English idioms.
I bet youâ€™ve never been taught by the colour blue before.
Ah, such a beautiful warm day.
I didnâ€™t expect this terrible weather.
In fact, itâ€™s come as a bolt. arghâ€¦ from the blue!
In English if something comes as a complete surprise, we can say itâ€™s a bolt from the blue. Ahhhhh!
A bolt from the blue.
And nowâ€¦ an astronomy lesson.
The universe is big.
And things happen very slowly.
Ah, the moon. A new moon is createdâ€¦ not very often. In fact, it happens once in a blue moon.
In English, if things happen extremely rarely, we can say they happen â€˜once in a blue moonâ€™.
Once in a blue moon.
Like my students. They almost NEVER do their homework. In fact, they do it once in a blue
moon. But they donâ€™t really listen to me.
I say to them â€˜Do your homework.â€™ I do, â€˜Do your homeworkâ€™. Thatâ€™s what I tell them. â€˜Do
your homework.â€™ Thatâ€™s what I say. â€˜Do your homework.â€™
Thatâ€™s right. I say it until Iâ€™m blue in the face.
In English, if we say something until we are blue in the face, we waste time and effort
because we wonâ€™t get any results.
Until you are blue in the face.
Oh please do your homework.