• Idioms and a Magic Roundabout

    I recently spent time in Medellín, Colombia, where a roundabout in the road meant driving into a clustered mess of cars, darting out when you see your exit and hoping for the best.  However, in Swindon, England they really hit the nail on the head.  It seems that adding more circles to a roundabout would only make it more chaotic, but in the following video you’ll see how well it works.  Watch this short video, then answer the questions in the comments section to practice your listening comprehension and some commonly used idioms.


    1. What does England like to call some of its intersections?
    2. Why would you think the Brits are off their rockers upon seeing this roundabout?
    3. For how many years has this roundabout been working?
    4. How can people avoid traffic in this roundabout?
    5. You just _____ your vehicle ______ where you wanna go, _____ to cars already in the _____ of the magic, then Brexit on the other side.
    6. How did Swindon use the roundabout to celebrate a town anniversary?

    Now, let’s take a look at some commonly used idioms:

    lose the plot–can’t understand what is happening. (He has lost the plot.)

    at the drop of a hat–instantly (I would go to that show at the drop of a hat.)

    beat around the bush–avoid the main topic (Don’t beat around the bush.)

    hit the nail on the head–do or say something exactly right (You hit the nail on the head.)

    off one’s rocker–crazy (You are off your rocker.)

    Your challenge this week: use all of these idioms in one short story/paragraph.  We’ll respond and share the most creative or humorous responses!

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