Have you ever considered that two very similar phrases: "Sweating like a horse." versus "Sweating bullets." mean completely different things? Idioms like these are pervasive throughout the English language and play an important role in living in the United States.
To ignore them means missing out on cultural nuances. Many idioms use metaphors or comparisons to make simple ideas more vivid. For instance, to say "You're making a mountain out of a molehill" is a more interesting say of saying, "You're exaggerating."
It's especially important for Third Culture Kids to be able to understand and use idiomatic expressions so that they can communicate with their peers and co-workers as adults. This is why our online courses introduce kids to common idioms used by U.S. based teachers, coaches, and other prominent role models in children's lives.
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