For our newest set of English idioms, we have some simple phrases that everyone can use! Here, you can learn English idioms which English speakers (and English learners) use all the time to talk about what they like and what they dislike.

You can download all of these idioms at the end of this post. First, let’s look at each idiom, one by one.

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Let’s start with a simple idiom – and a wonderful one too! “I’m crazy about it” means “I love it”. The real meaning is: I can’t stop doing it or thinking about it”.

We can change this sentence a little. For example, we can change the subject – “You’re crazy about it”, “He’s/She’s crazy about it…” and so on.

We can also specify the thing that we love (but we can also use this idiom for a person or a place. Here are some examples:

“I’m crazy about you – let’s get married!”
“He’s crazy about video games. He plays them all the time.”
“They’re crazy about the new iPhone.”

Learn Engish idioms EXTRA: “ing” activities

Some things (nouns) in English are easy to describe: football, video games, Indian food, for example.
However, we often use -ing to describe activities (things we do). We put -ing at the end of the verb, and it becomes a noun. So, in our example, you can see “I’m crazy about shopping.”
Here are some more examples:

“I’m crazy about dancing.”
“You’re crazy about cooking
“He’s crazy about playing football.

This idiom has a very special meaning: the thing we’re talking about “it” is a thing that matches my tastes. For example, if I like computers and movies, then The Matrix is “right up my street”.

This is a great idiom to use when you’re recommending something. If you want to tell a friend “You would love this”, then use the idiom “This is right up your street!” Notice the example in our image: “You’d love this book. It’s right up your street!”

This is probably the simplest idiom today. It’s a very informal idiom, and we use it to describe things we like – especially when we first experience them. You might be listening to a new song your friend is playing for you, or standing in front of a picture in a gallery. “I dig it,” you say, and your friend understands that you like it. Maybe you don’t love it – but you don’t dislike it.
“Dig” is an irregular verb, and in the past tense we say “dug”. Don’t be afraid to talk about things you liked in the past using this word. For example: “What did you think of the movie?” “I dug it.” 

Learn English idioms EXTRA: using “really”

In English, the word “really” makes a sentence stronger:
“It’s really cold in Russia in winter.”
“English is really strange.”

We can use “really” in many of today’s idiom’s to make them stronger. When “I dig it” changes to “I really dig it”, the sentence is stronger: now we’re almost saying “I love it”. You will see “really” in other idioms today.

If you’re from Asia, it can be difficult to pronounce the word “really”. That’s why we included this word in our Tongue Twister pronunciation lesson. Check it out today!

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Our next 2 idioms are together for 2 reasons:

They both have the same meaning. You know that feeling when you don’t really like something? You don’t dislike it, but you can’t use any of the idioms like “I’m crazy about it” or “I dig it”.
Well, use one of these idioms and English speakers will understand you straight away.

They’re a little different to the other idioms. In our other idioms, we have put the thing we like/dislike at the end of the sentence. With these 2 idioms it goes at the beginning. For example:

It didn’t float my boat.”
“Pizza doesn’t float my boat.” (NOT “It doesn’t float my boat pizza.”)
Politics is not my cup of tea.” (NOT “It’s not my cup of tea politics.”)
“Reading isn’t my cup of tea.” (NOT “It’s not my cup of tea reading.”)

Both of these idioms have the same meaning too: they both mean “I hate it”. This could be anything: a sound, an activity (with ing), a place or even a person! Use them carefully, because they have very strong, very negative meanings for English speakers. Also, add the word really to make these sentences even stronger:

“I really can’t stand him.”
“She really can’t bear football.”

The word “bear” is used in other English idioms too! Click on the image to check them out, and download…

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