English idioms in dramas


Let’s hunt English idioms and expressions commonly used in dramas (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, etc.)! It would also help subbers to identify idioms and translate them! (Currently making a quiz!)

Any idiom you remember seeing in dramas?


Are you done?/I’m done
(I) can’t help (doing smth)
I see… [= “I understand”]
(to be) sick and tired of smth
(to) stand (somebody) up
(to) stick it out
(to) toast Es.: Let’s toast!
Break a leg!
Does it make sense?
Don’t even go there [figurative use, not spatial]
forget about it
Have you been well?
Help yourself
Hurry and [verb} / Let’s hurry and [+ verb]
I can’t help it
I can’t swim [meaning “I don’t know how to”]
I know, right?
I love it! [speaking of objects]
If that’s the case
I’ll see you!
In fact
What? Is that it?
It can’t be helped
It looks great! - It does!
It’s a piece of cake!
Leave me alone
Let go!
Let your hair down
make sure that…
no matter how [+adjective]
no matter how much [+ verb]
no matter what (happens)
Piss off/Buzz off
Sounds good!
(for) this day and age
What a fox!
What’s wrong with me
these days?
what should we eat?
Should we (VERB), then?
Why you little—
you owe me one
Are you home?/ I am home
You came a long way
Forget about X. / Forget it!


:clap: Thank you a lot, Irmar!
Do you remember our call? It is thanks to you and your idea that this quiz was made!

I’ve added more of your suggestions, but should it become another quiz :thinking: between idioms and regular expressions (actually, in fact…)?
I think we don’t need a quiz for false cognates for the moment, because one of the other quizzes already has some of them.

There are already 4 quizzes!
I’m currently thinking on how to make the quiz results easier to read on an googlesheet export for a sensei.

If you need a duplicate of the quiz and change the French part into Italian or Greek, I can send it to you so you have already a template, but it might be faster to create a new one in your language?

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Ha, I was just reading and watching tutorials on Google forms, Google quizzes and the likes. It’s actually easy. However… Nobody explains how to make multiple choice grids and what is the difference with checkboxes. I’ll have to search some more.

Yes, false friends are another pair of sleeves. And the tricky ones are different in every language. Sometimes the same Latin-root word has different nuances of meaning in each language that has adopted it. However, there should be some overlap. For instance, these are tricky in Italian and I can see that most of them are also tricky in French.
to annoy pas ennuyer
to attend pas attendre
delusion pas délusion mais illusion, délire
effective pas effectif
exhibition pas exhibition mais exposition
luxury pas_luxure_ mais luxe
maroon pas marron mais
novel pas nouvelle, histoire brève mais roman
parole pas parole mais
sensible pas sensible mais sensé
turkey pas Turquoie mais
vicious pas vicieux mais

Okay, too lazy to fill out all of them. But I think that there’s no need for a separate test, you can just sprinkle them into the translation test.

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Thanks a lot!
Finally, have decided to make 1 one more quiz that would be only for false cognates (faux-amis in French), because there is a difference between idioms / expressions and false cognates.

False cognates = words in 2 languages that look like each other, but have different meanings.
Ex of false cognates: your list above :wink:

The list of idioms already has 40 items…
The list of false cognates has more than 50 items… I’m currently doing the quiz.
So I prefer to cut it in half so it won’t be too long and 1 quiz can be done between 5-15 minutes/quiz.
We don’t have always the time to finish long quizzes in one stand, so…

Thank you for your PM btw, I read it and some idioms were already in the quiz (yay!) and I would only add more if it’s an idiom we might see on more than on 1 or 2 dramas.

For Google forms, this website helped me a little because I had the same questions (I don’t usually use Google forms): https://zapier.com/learn/google-sheets/how-to-use-google-forms/

I recommend to test different possibilities with 1-5 questions and see by yourself.

First thing: pick in the parameters icon “Make this a quiz” or else it won’t have score, etc. and tick like on the picture.

Second: Warning = It becomes complicated to score when it is not ticking, but writing answers because 1 sentence could be translated in more than 1 way possible so in your answers, you have to put all the answers possible to score answers correctly.
That is why in the quizzes I made, it’s only about ticking the correct answer and not writing.
It’s also because my quizzes would be too long to do if it implies typing: I prefer it’s about finding the correct answer, understanding the subject than “real translation typing” that is already done on real parts of dramas (this part is covered elsewhere during the training).

Third: ticking boxes

  • Multiple Choice boxes (the round ones): “The default field for new questions in a Google Form, multiple choice lets you list options and have users select one. You can then have the form jump to another section based on the answer or have the answer options shuffled to prevent bias.” (from the website above)

  • Checkboxes : “Similar to multiple choice, this field lets you list answers and have users select as many as they want. It also includes data validation to require users to select a specific number of options. It doesn’t include section jumps, however.”

  • Me: I would add if your question implies 2 answers, don’t pick “Multiple Choice boxes” (the round ones), because if the student picks 1 answer out of 2, it will count it like a correct answer. Pick the “checkboxes” (square ones):
    For ex:
    Question 1: J’ai faim
    Correct answers I put: a and b
    Question 2: J’ai froid
    Correct answers I put: a and b

I did the test survey and look at question 1:
I only pick a and it is marked as correct whereas correct answers are a and b (both).

One ex we need 2 answers and not 1 is:

Other possibilities (grid lines…): I didn’t use them because it doesn’t allow me to put feedback or sentences for the correction (it’s “Answer key” from the previous pic)

When you click on “Answer key,” you can add feedback for correct answers:

Thinking about grid answers, you can make a grid answer, then add a new section with explanation for the correct answers?
It would be like on 1 page, they answer.
Then they click “next section” to arrive on a 2nd page and it would be explanation?

Fourth: Import and Export
Import (before making your quiz on google form):
I’ve never tried import function, but you can import questions from another quiz you made on Google form to a new form.
And you can also import questions from a googlesheet to your google form => this one needs an add-on you have to install “FormRanger” (6. FormRanger in the list here:
You can also import from a googledoc? Not sure about this one.

Export: you can export in a googlesheet the answers.
To analyze the wrong answers, it is more complicated, because nothing is written (you just have the answers of the student).
Unfortunately, I don’t know java to do cool code script, so I only could highlight the correct answers and let the wrong answers in blank.

For forms, you also have MonkeySurvey (I think they have a pro version and a free version?)

PS: you normally have the links in docs, so you can take a look at the surveys.

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I was rather curious of grid multiple choice.
The one that looks like a table:

Question 1 A made B took C did D had
Question 2 A rather B quite C well D just
Question 3 A watching out B looking out C looking after D watching over
Question 4 A across B out C away D past
Question 5 A grew B felt C experienced D found
Question 6 A reaching B increasing C expanding D completing

The tutorial:

You can use it like they say: put questions in rows and answers in columns while requiring 1 answer/row.
:thinking: Same set of answers for your grid though. I think it would work if you work with the same set of answers or else you can make 20 columns? But they might have a limit to columns and it might be not convenient for students.

I tried to do with 1 answer in the complete grid, it doesn’t show what I expected for the correction:

For the last 2 questions: the rows 1 to 3 are normally correct, but it’s red.
Just the scoring is correct.

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Irmar, sue me!!! Sometimes I wonder how I could be such a dummy.

Matcha coconut milk, thank you!
You could do your quiz like that:
A paragraph with your text with (1), (2)… representing the word to fill.
And then for the answers:
Either you add a description with answers
Either you add in rows the answers and the letter in columns = A B C D

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The last look is what I was going for.
Or actually, I was going for this

but I think that’s not possible.
So yes, what you suggest is the second best.
Now to understand how to achieve it. I will have to go in and out (behind the scenes as maker, and preview, as potential viewer) many times to understand how what I’m doing looks.

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Not knowing another way, if someone else has an idea, it will surely help!

The author has an eye icon on the right top of any googleform to see a preview of the googleform.

If you prefer, I can explain you how, but it won’t be free… Just kidding! It shouldn’t take 5 min to do it because you already have everything prepared (just tell me, okay?).
You will probably be busy in 8 days :face_with_hand_over_mouth:, I am sure you are already ready!

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