Learning English Idioms Pig

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January 26, 2012 by
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Learning English idioms with video lessons by BBC Learning English video lessons. In this English video lesson, we are going to learn English idioms related to pigs.

In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with pigs.

1. Pigs might fly
2. This place is a pigsty
3. To make a pig’s ear of something

English subtitle of the lesson:

Hello, I’m a very interesting and intelligent man. And today I’m getting together with some pigs to teach you some English idioms. I bet you’ve never been taught by a pig before.

As you know, pigs are very light animals with feathers and wings and they fly. No they don’t! Pigs are big, fat dirty things that definitely stay on the ground. So, in English, we can say “pigs might fly” when someone says something that we think will never happen. Pigs might fly.

Which is what my friends said when I told them I was going to become a rock star. As we’ve seen, pigs are very dirty, smelly creatures. Can you imagine what it’s like to live with a pig? Well, it would be disgusting. Pigs live in a place called a pigsty. In English, we can say that a very dirty or untidy place is a pigsty. Ah, my students’ flat. This place is a pigsty. This place is a pigsty. Quite disgusting!

Now, you might think that I’m a boring old man, but in fact I’m a fantastic skier. Would you like to see my holiday movie?
I asked a friend to film me. Look great, don’t I? But have a look at this. Ha, ha, ha! He made a pig’s ear of that.

In English, if someone does something very badly we can say he made a pig’s ear of it. To make a pig’s ear of something. What’s that? You say I’ve made a pig’s ear of this lesson? I don’t know… I work so hard and never get any thanks…

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