Stories – Idioms

Idioms are often considered the most challenging part of the English language. Two short stories to help with understanding.

Stories - Idioms

Stories with idioms

Learning idioms is important for a number of reasons. Here are a few:

  1. Better communication: Idioms are widely used in English, and learning them can help you understand and communicate more effectively with native speakers. Idioms can add colour and nuance to your speech, making you sound more fluent and natural.
  2. Cultural understanding: Idioms are often tied to cultural references and can help you understand the history, customs, and traditions of English-speaking countries. By learning idioms, you can gain a deeper appreciation for the language and culture.
  3. Improved listening skills: Idioms can be difficult to understand if you’re not familiar with them. By learning idioms, you’ll be able to pick up on them more easily when you hear them in conversation or in movies and TV shows.
  4. Enhanced writing skills: Idioms can be used to add flair and personality to your writing, making it more engaging and interesting to read. By incorporating idioms into your writing, you can make your work more memorable and stand out from the crowd.

Overall, learning idioms is an important part of mastering English and can help you become a more effective communicator, both in spoken and written form. This lesson plan is based on reading and comprehension.


The following stories were written to help with understanding. These short stories were written and produced exclusively for One2one Academy.


A short story about a character called Sarah who owns a start-up

As CEO of a successful start-up, Sarah knew that it was essential to keep costs low in order to stay competitive in the market. However, she also knew that cutting corners on quality was not an option if she wanted to maintain customer satisfaction. After months of negotiations, Sarah finally closed a deal with a major investor, securing the funding she needed to take her business to the next level. With a ballpark figure in mind, she began to brainstorm new ideas for expanding her product line, embracing blue-sky thinking and exploring all possibilities.

Despite her best efforts to keep her team informed, Sarah realised that some members had been left out of the loop on important decisions. She quickly made adjustments to ensure that everyone was on the same page and working towards the same goals.

Still, she knew that success was never guaranteed in the competitive world of business. Sarah was determined not to put all her eggs in one basket, carefully balancing risks and rewards as she continued to build her company. With a commitment to quality and innovation, she remained confident that her start-up would continue to thrive and grow.

Written and produced exclusively for One2one Academy ©

Story 2 – A Beautiful Day

A short story about a character called Jane who organised a picnic for friends at a park.

It was a beautiful day, and Jane was looking forward to a picnic in the park with her friends. She started to get ready by _________(put) on her favourite dress and ___________ (tie) her hair. Then, she ___________ (pack) her picnic basket with sandwiches, fruits, and drinks.

As she ___________(step) of her house, she saw her friends ___________(wait) her at the gate. They ___________(set) towards the park, chatting and laughing along the way.

When they ___________(arrive) the park, they ___________(spread) a blanket and ___________(lay) all the food. They ___________(dug) and ___________(eat) all the delicious snacks.

After the meal, they ___________(clean) the area and ___________(pack) the leftover food. They ___________(set) to explore the park and ___________(come) a beautiful lake.

Jane ___________(suggest) they go for a boat ride, so they ___________(hop) a boat and ___________(row) into the lake. They ___________(take) the beautiful scenery and ___________(chat).

As the sun started to set, they ___________(row) to shore and ___________(head) home. It was a perfect day filled with laughter, good food, and great company.

Written and produced exclusively for One2one Academy ©


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