English Idioms (with matching Kahoot!)

A Powerpoint activity with literal Japanese translations to help students learn about some of the silly English idioms we have.

Hey hey! I made a powerpoint with common English idioms and their literal Japanese translations to show how weird the sayings can be. The initial plan was to illustrate every idiom but I uh ran out of time, haha. I was only able to do the first one.

However, my JTE really likes Kahoots, so he asked me to turn it into a Kahoot guessing game. I want to share both versions depending on how you like to run fun, quick classes like this.

I've only run it as a PowerPoint, and I found that the students really enjoyed taking their time trying to guess the meanings. The last one always catches the kiddos off guard, haha. The Kahoot can be fun as a stand alone guessing game, or as a review activity later down the road; I personally will not be able to run now it as it's the end of the school year and I'm doing different activities now.

Have fun!!!


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  • idiom presentation.pptx (51.7 MB)
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    Submitted by robertsbp March 16, 2023 Estimated time: 10-15 min PPT only, 20-30 with Kahoot
    1. blueforestwanderer March 16, 2023

      This looks really awesome! One note I have is that the Talk about the elephant in the room, the Japanese makes it sound like you're talking about elephants in someone's room, not that there is an elephant here, with us. While this is one literal translation of the phrase, it mistakes which action is being performed where. The important phrase is "Elephant in the room" so it would be 部屋にいるゾウ について

    2. stevenyc113 March 16, 2023

      good work. even included a Kahoot. I appreciate all you did. I will use it for my next class.

    3. robertsbp March 16, 2023

      ah @blueforestwanderer thank you for pointing that out! I'll get it fixed asap!

    4. TheBlueStuff July 5, 2023

      Hey every time i copy and paste your kahoot link, it takes me to google where the first hit is this page. it never takes me to the kahoot game - is that just me?

    5. robertsbp July 5, 2023

      @TheBlueStuff I just tried it myself and didn't have any issues. Just in case here's a new link:

    6. vozreni February 9, 2024

      Just played this with 3年生. It's really great! I made sure the questions and answers were also displayed on their tablets since it was a bit small for the students in the back. My classes didn't know what idioms were, so I introduced "Break a leg" on the board and explained what kind of questions and answers they would see.

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