Are you ready for summer time?
June 20th marks the Summer Solstice(夏至) this year. It’s the longest day of the year, and it marks the official beginning of summer. Although summer doesn’t officially start until then, a lot of us feel it’s already summer as the weather starts to get warmer and we start thinking about summer vacations! Depending on where you are from, summer weather can be both a blessing or a curse. In honor of the upcoming season, this week’s blog looks at “Summer Idioms” which you can use to talk about all the things we associate with summer, its weather and even vacations.
both a blessing and a curse
To be off on your vacation
The phrase “to be off” in this case means “to be away.” The expression, then, means to be on holiday, but implying that you’ve traveled somewhere a distance away.
Off the beaten path
If you travel off the beaten path, you stay away from the most popular and touristy sights and go instead to places where you may get a more authentic experience.
Travel on a shoestring
Typical of university students and other young people, this means to travel very cheaply, staying in youth hostels, and always looking for deals and discounts to make the trip as cheap as possible
The Dog Days of Summer
The hottest period of the summer, typically three weeks or so between July and August. The expression dates back to the Romans!
An unusually warm, dry period in the autumn, almost like an extension of summer.
Soak up some sun
Quite simply, to spend some time in the sun and get a tan.
To beat the heat
To escape the heat of summer, typically by finding indoor activities, places to go swimming, etc.
Now, complete the sentences with the correct idiom from above. You can check your answers at the bottom of the page.
1. I really learned how to ___________________ when I studied abroad, because I had no extra money.
2. During ______________________ it’s too hot to do anything but relax and go swimming.
3. We’re hoping to get _______________________ on our next trip to Italy and see some of the undiscovered beauty of the country.
4. The children really enjoyed the ___________________ because they could go to the beach in October!
5. My parents _______________________ in Alaska at the moment.
6. Sandra can’t wait to lie by the pool and ______________________ on her vacation.
7. We’re going to ____________________ by going to the cinema today. They always have the air conditioning turned on.
1. I really learned how to travel on a shoestring when I studied abroad, because I had no extra money.
2. During the dog days of summer it’s too hot to do anything but relax and go swimming.
3. We’re hoping to get off the beaten path on our next trip to Italy and see some of the undiscovered beauty of the country.
4. The children really enjoyed the Indian summer because they could go to the beach in October!
5. My parents are off on their vacation in Alaska at the moment.
6. Sandra can’t wait to lie by the pool and soak up some sun on her vacation.
7. We’re going to beat the heat by going to the cinema today. They always have the air conditioning turned on.
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Min's Berlitzine (Dec. 2016)