Idioms 30-Day Challenge 1

Learn 150 really useful idioms - the secret to advanced English - and remember them forever

30 days of lessons


Get a video lesson and an exercise every day, as well as lots and lots of reviews.

Useful, modern idioms


Make your English more interesting and understand native speakers with 300 really useful, common idioms.

Scientific techniques


Remember the idioms, even if you think you have a bad memory. And learn memory techniques that will help you forever.

'How do idioms help me get to advanced level?'


Students often ask me 'how can I get past the intermediate plateau and speak and write more naturally, at a more advanced level?'

My answer?

It's all about vocabulary! Yes, (of course!) grammar is important, but deliberately learning high-level vocabulary will help you speak and write at a much more advanced level.

With advanced vocabulary, your English is more sophisticated, natural and precise.

One very important part of advanced vocabulary is idioms.

Idioms are expressions that don't make sense, even if you know all the words. For example, expressions like 'once in a blue moon' or 'steal someone's thunder' or 'make a pig's ear of something'.

Native English speakers use this kind of expression all the time.

What our students say:

Sándor from Hungary


I liked the course because there were some idioms that are harder than the others and there was more challenge in it and I had to learn the difference between them. My teacher was proud of me because I was the best in my class.

Alice from Hong Kong


The course is fantastic! I love it! The explanation of each idiom is concise, short and clear. It's really easy for me to understand how to use them correctly. Most of the idioms are very common because I often see them in films and books. 5 idioms per day are manageable and I can keep up with the course every day. I feel very happy and satisfied as I learn something new every day.

Kristina from Italy


I liked the stucture of website that made my studying comfortable and pleasant to do. And, of course, I loved the exercises (that I can print them and repeat all the course) and the explanations of verbs by such an enthusiastic and nice teacher, Seonaid. Thanks a lot!

Olga from Russia


Dear Seonaid, thanks a lot! Most of all I liked your utter friendliness, clearness, and the very system of memorizing collocations perfectly organised by you.

Antje from Germany


Good selection, although I already knew many English idioms, there were not too many in the course I was familiar with.

Dalane from Brazil


This topic is really important in order to not have a stiff conversation, and be more natural. I could use many of them in conversations with native speakers.

'How can idioms improve my listening?'


When you're listening to native English speakers, or watching a film or series, do you understand everything?

Students often ask me how to improve their listening.

I think there are two answers.

The first answer is that you need to listen enough so that you can hear each word, instead of one long noise. This is just practice.

And the second answer is that you need to know enough vocabulary. It's often true that this vocabulary isn't taught in textbooks! It's natural, everyday vocabulary, which native speakers use daily in real life.

One big part of this vocabulary is idioms. If you learn some carefully-chosen, everyday idioms properly, it really helps your understanding.

What our students say:

Silvia from Italy


The explanations were very clear. I've been teaching English in Italy for the past 30 years so your courses help me keep up with the language spoken here and now!!!

Mohanapriya from India


I'm learning English and I'm in the intermediate level, so now, when I am in meetings or conversations with English people I can understand more than before. I've lived in Dubai which is also a diverse community.

Hasan from Turkey


As I learned before from your studies it is a very useful method to learn new things in context by listening, writing, and repeating many times. After two or three times repeating, I felt good about my capacity of learning new idioms.

Joanna from Germany


What I loved about the course was that they were 30 common idioms to be learned and now I can use them very often! Everything was perfect!

Barabara from Italy


It doesn't take much time to study every day, that's why it's easy to be attended. The usual formula (video+exercises+reviews and flashcards) really works! I'm surprised how many idioms I know even though I'm not aware of them! My conversation at school is really improving.

Antje from Germany


Good selection, although I already knew many English idioms, there were not too many in the course I was familiar with.

'How do I know which idioms to study?'


But, how do you know which idioms to study?

There are so many! And some of them are old fashioned, or very rare, or sound strange!

One way to choose your idioms is to collect them when you're reading or listening to English.

Another way is to get some help from a teacher or native English speaker.

And another way is to join our idioms challenges! We've carefully chosen 300 really useful, everyday idioms that you'll hear and use often in real life.

What our students say:

Hubavina from Bulgaira


The course is very useful for me. I improved my understanding through this course. Thank you!

Solange from France


Thanks a lot. I really enjoyed this kind of course. I learn some vocabulary and the videos are very clear and nice to listen to.

Francesca from Italy


I enjoyed everything from the lessons to the exercises and especially the review. I feel more confident in English.

Fatima from Italy


Clear, interesting, and extremely useful in real life.

Olga from Russia


Nice explanations + Good atmosphere = It's just the ticket!

Raquel from Spain


It's an easy way to learn and remember new idioms.

Here's what you get:

  • 30 video lessons

    I explain 5 useful, modern idioms in each video very clearly, with examples.

  • 66 review exercises

    Practice is key! The review exercises are carefully structured and very efficient.

  • PDFs of everything

    You can download and print everything.

  • Flashcards of everything

    Flashcards really, really help you to remember the idioms. They are scientifically proven to work and they're brilliant!

  • Help from the Perfect English Grammar team

    Got questions? Ask us inside the challenge and we'll help you.

Hi, I'm Seonaid, your teacher


And together with the Perfect English Grammar team, I've helped tens of millions of students improve their grammar.

I'm a British native speaker of English. I have a Master's degree (MPhil) from Cambridge University in English and Linguistics and I've been teaching English for many years.

Languages are wonderful! I love teaching and I love thinking about languages and how we can learn them really well. I'm here to help you use the best techniques to improve your vocabulary and achieve your English goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

The challenges start whenever you like and you can keep them forever. We recommend that you spend 30 days per challenge.

You can keep the challenges forever and study them whenever you like. It doesn't matter if you don't finish in thirty days - you can do it later.

There's a short video and an exercise every day, plus reviews for each challenge. You'll need about fifteen or twenty minutes.

We have thousands of happy students! But if you do decide that the challenges aren't what you need, we offer a full 30-day guarantee. Just send us an email and we'll give you your money back.

Yes! You are very welcome to use this material in your classroom or with your private students. Everything can be printed and photocopied.

Join the challenge!

Idioms Challenge 1

$45(+ tax)

You'll get:

  1. 30 lessons with 150 idioms so that you can speak more natural English
  2. Exercises to practise every idiom so that you can fix them in your head
  3. Flashcards of everything so that you can remember them forever
  4. Enough practice so that you can use the idioms naturally and easily in conversation
  5. Support from the Perfect English Grammar team

Buy all 12 challenges until the 20th of May

$540$260(+ tax)

You'll get:

  1. Two advanced idioms challenges
  2. Two advanced phrasal verbs challenges
  3. Two advanced collocations challenges
  4. Two advanced listening challenges
  5. Four advanced grammar challenges: tenses, articles, modals and conditionals