American Sayings Review #1


“Piece of cake.” – means something that’s simple to accomplish. If a school assignment is a piece of cake, it’s so easy that you will barely have to think about it


“Scoot over” – if someone sitting down scoots over, they move to a different position, for example to make space for someone else to sit down.

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“Put lipstick on a pig.” – make superficial changes to something generally regarded with dislike or disfavour in a fruitless attempt to make it more appealing.


“Break a leg.” – is a typical English idiom used in theatre to wish a performer “good luck”. … The expression probably reflects a superstition (perhaps a theatrical superstition) in which directly wishing a person “good luck” would be considered bad luck, therefore an alternative way of wishing luck was developed.


“Knock on wood.” – is an apotropaic tradition of literally touching, tapping, or knocking on wood, or merely stating that one is doing or intending to do so, in order to avoid “tempting fate” after making a favorable prediction or boast, or a declaration concerning one’s own death or another unfavorable situation.


“I’m not a big fan of (something)”  – You can say “I’m not a big fan of . . .” or “I’m not a huge fan of . . .” to express that you don’t like something/someone very much.


 “It’s not rocket science.” – is used to say that you do not think something is very difficult to do or understand. Origin. This is an American phrase.


“Break a bill.” – to give smaller bills or coins for (a large bill)


“Mystery Meat” – Mystery meat is a disparaging term for meat products, typically ground or otherwise processed, such as burger patties, chicken nuggets, Spam, Salisbury steaks, sausages, or hot dogs, that have an unidentifiable source.

What are daily lessons?

These short lessons cannot substitute speaking on a regular basis, which is the best way to improve. These lessons are a great way to keep improving in between lessons. They are short readings and videos selected by Marcus to help you save time and energy. It is not easy to stay motivated and even when you are motivated, it is difficult to find something new and interesting every day. I will take care of that for you, making it very simple for you to improve your English skills every single day!

Queste brevi lezioni non possono sostituire il parlare regolarmente, che è il modo migliore per migliorare. Queste lezioni sono un ottimo modo per continuare a migliorare tra una lezione e l’altra. Sono brevi letture e video selezionati da Marcus per aiutarvi a risparmiare tempo ed energia. Non è facile rimanere motivati e anche quando si è motivati, è difficile trovare qualcosa di nuovo e interessante ogni giorno. Me ne occuperò io per voi, rendendo molto semplice per voi migliorare la vostra conoscenza dell’inglese ogni singolo giorno!

How to use daily lessons

No stress! My goal is to provide new and interesting material every day for those who like to learn a little bit at a time. For others who don’t have time to study everyday, I don’t wan’t you to feel discouraged or overwhelmed. When you have time, do what you can and decide when and if you have time to practice. Every person is different and each of us has our own learning method.

Niente stress! Il mio obiettivo è quello di fornire ogni giorno materiale nuovo e interessante per chi ama imparare un po’ alla volta. Per gli altri che non hanno tempo di studiare ogni giorno, non voglio che vi sentiate scoraggiati o sopraffatti. Quando avete tempo, fate quello che potete e decidete quando e se avete tempo per esercitarvi. Ogni persona è diversa e ognuno di noi ha il proprio metodo di apprendimento.


Keep a “Daily Lesson” diary to track your progress and the new things that you learn, specifically the new sentences from the reading and video. You can easily come back and find all of the vocabulary words from the article on my website at a later date.

Tieni un diario “Lezione quotidiana” per seguire i tuoi progressi e le novità che impari, in particolare le nuove frasi della lettura e del video. Potete tornare facilmente indietro e trovare tutte le parole del vocabolario dell’articolo sul mio sito web in un secondo momento.

Share with friends, family and colleagues

Feel free to share this with everyone. However, if they would like to do the exercises and contact me directly for writing and speaking training they can click the link below:

Sentitevi liberi di condividerlo con tutti. Tuttavia, se vogliono fare gli esercizi e contattarmi direttamente per l’allenamento di scrittura e conversazione, possono cliccare sul link qui sotto:

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