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Idioms & Collocations: Colours

Do you have a blue sky dream?

It was Millennium Eve December 31st 1999. Several of us were musing about where we might be in 10 years’ time. I hadn’t given it much thought, but chipped in that I would perhaps like to live abroad again, having spent an enjoyable year in Lausanne back in the 70s. And so it came about: 10 years or so later, we moved to Puglia in Southern Italy. That was my “Blue Sky Dream.”

I am now using this as a lesson intro: “What’s your blue sky dream?”. The lesson then develops  into a discussion about other idioms using colours. I am not a fan of prescriptive lesson plans; I much prefer a student led lesson based loosely around my prompts. Here is my list of “colour idioms” which I dip into at regular intervals.

  • Black & white
  • A black hole; a black look, blacklisted, in the black, Black Friday
  • As white as a sheet,
  • Purple with rage, to hit a purple patch
  • A red rag to a bull, a red line, to turn red/red faced, in the red, a red letter day, a redneck
  • Feeling blue, blue sky dreams, once in a blue moon
  • Green with envy, a green-eyed monster, to give the green light to, green (inexperienced)
  • Browned off, a brown study
  • In the pink
  • To have a heart of gold
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • Incandescent
  • Rainbow alliance

Elena Ferrante: ‘Anonymity lets me concentrate exclusively on writing’

Elena Ferrante is one of the most talked about novelists of recent years, with her biographical stories set in Naples – yet no one has ever met her. Deborah Orr talks to the enigmatic author, in an extract from the latest issue of the Gentlewoman

Source: Elena Ferrante: ‘Anonymity lets me concentrate exclusively on writing’

El salón de mi casa

Tengo un salón grande en el primer piso. A la derecha de la puerta hay un sofa pequeño y un lámparo. A la izquierda hay un estantería y una televisión. Entre la estantería y la televisión está una estufa de leña. Enfrente de la televisión está un sofá grande y una albufera vieja. Al lado del sofá grande está una mesita de café. Enfrente de la puerta están dos ventanas grandes.

Necesito un apartamento

Necesito un apartamento para dos personas. Tiene que estar cerca del centro y en una zona tranquila. Necesito dos habitaciones y una cocina equipada. Tiene que tener ascensor y aire acondicionado. Debe ser barato porque no tengo mucho dinero.
Quiero una grande casa con jardín para me y mi esposa, en Cadaques. Nosotros somos artistas, por eso tiene que la casa es muy luminosa y cerca la playa con vistas panoramicas. Necesito cuatro dormitorios y un taller donde puedo producir muchas obras de arte famosas.