Symphony in Slang

One of the most difficult aspects of learning English can be figurative language. When we hear an idiomatic expression for the first time, it can be nearly impossible to imagine its meaning unless the context is strong enough to explain it. 

While this problem is especially common for learners of English as a former language, the absurdity of some of the most common phrases used in English is not lost on native speakers. In the classic cartoon “Symphony in Slang”, from 1951, a story told using idiomatic slang uses the visual medium to highlight at just how funny and crazy the world would if we thought about figurative language in a literal way. 

Watching this video is not only fun, but also a great way to learn a lot of expressions in English (be careful, though, because this video is from over 60 years ago, and some language isn’t used anymore!)