What are Idioms?

Idioms are phrases that state a message different from its literal meaning.

Literal language

The message is expressed exactly how it is intended

Example: “He was very nervous going into the meeting.”

Nonliteral language

The message requires inferencing/interpretation or has been learned

Example: “He had butterflies in his stomach before he went into the meeting.” (idiom)

Idioms are often culturally-specific and have been accepted as common use.

They fall under a larger umbrella called figurative language. For more information about figurative language, check out our post Types of Figurative Language.

FREE Idioms Worksheet

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Idioms Worksheet: Ways to Use

If I am being perfectly honest, I have already used this worksheet for a variety of uses with all different clients (remember - we are SLPs, but this is a great resource for the classroom too)! I’ve used it both digitally for some of my telehealth clients and in-person. Tip: if printing, laminate this worksheet for multiple uses across clients/students!

This worksheet can also be used for:

-Informal assessment of figurative/pragmatic language areas

-Pre/posttest of skills

-Easy homework assignment

-Therapy material

-Teaching tool

-Group activity

& more!


For additional related resources, check out our posts on:

What is Figurative Language?

How to Write Figurative Language Goals [with goal bank]

Pragmatic Language: What it is and How to Support it

How to Write Pragmatic Language Goals [with goal bank]