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  • Hi, my name is Rebecca from www.engvid.com. In today's lesson, we're going to learn six

  • idioms that have to do with dreams. All right?

  • Now, what is an idiom? You probably know, but just to review. An idiom is a combination

  • of words that together means something different than the words mean individually. All right?

  • So let's understand what these idioms are. You need to be able to understand idioms because

  • people use them quite often in conversation and also in writing. But remember, the rule

  • about idioms is: don't actually use it unless you're really sure how to use it because otherwise

  • it sounds a bit silly. But, it's still important to know them and to understand them, and maybe

  • at some point, to get to the stage where you can actually use them in your own conversation

  • which I hope you'll be able to do soon.

  • Let's get started. First one: "It was a dream come true."

  • Now, what I've done in all of these is to use them in a sample sentence, a sample sentence

  • which doesn't necessarily give away the answer, but let's see if you can figure it out. What

  • is "a dream come true"? "A dream come true" is when something is so perfect, so beautiful,

  • so amazing, we say: "Oh, it was a dream come true." For example: -"How was your vacation?"

  • -"Wow, amazing. It was a dream come true. I loved it." Okay? So it's like a good dream

  • that actually happens. But we can't analyze it that way, you just need to understand that

  • the expression: "A dream come true" means that something was amazing.

  • Next: "I wouldn't dream of it."

  • What does that mean? "I wouldn't dream of it." Well, this means that something is so

  • silly or improper that I would never do that. So, "I wouldn't dream of it" means I would

  • never do that, I would never do such a thing. Okay? For example: if somebody says: -"Oh,

  • are you going to always be my friend or are you going to stop being my friend when I'm

  • not so rich?" - "Oh no, I will always be your friend. I wouldn't dream of not being your

  • friend. I really care about you." Something like that. Okay?

  • Next one: "It was like a dream."

  • Again, this is a complimentary positive kind of idiom. -"How was your vacation?" -"It was

  • like a dream." Okay? Which means: perfect, wonderful, great. Usually, dreams symbolize

  • something strong and positive when they're in idioms. We do have another idiom: "It was

  • like a nightmare." A nightmare, of course, is a very bad dream. So that's when everything

  • goes wrong, you can say: "My holiday was like a nightmare." That's different. But now, this

  • was a good holiday, so we say: "It was like a dream."

  • Next is an expression which is a little bit sarcastic. Sometimes someone says to somebody:

  • "In your dreams!" When does that happen? Or:

  • "Dream on!" Let's say that two friends... Two good friends

  • are driving through a very expensive neighbourhood and they're looking at these amazing mansions

  • and huge houses that are on both sides. And one of them says: "Wow, I'd like to have a

  • mansion like that. I'd like to be living in a house like that." And the other friend says

  • to him: "Dream on!" Or: "In your dreams!" Which means: "Yeah, really. It's just a fantasy.

  • I don't think it's really going to happen." Okay, he's not being mean; he's just being

  • a little bit sarcastic. And that's how we use something like that. Or if someone says:

  • "Oh, what an amazing actor he is. I wish I could date him." So the other girl says: "Oh,

  • yeah. In your dreams! Really." Okay? That's an example of how we use something like that.

  • A little bit we're joking with people; we're not trying to be mean.

  • Okay, next: "It was beyond my wildest dreams."

  • Again, this is like: "It was like a dream", but this is even more so, it was more than.

  • "Beyond" means more than my wildest dreams, my most crazy dreams, my most imaginative

  • dreams. "It was beyond my wildest dreams." What could be beyond your wildest dreams?

  • I don't know, anything. Your wedding day. Maybe you had always dreamt of something beautiful

  • and your wedding day was actually even more amazing than that. So you could say: "It was

  • beyond my wildest dreams." All right?

  • And the last one is... I've left a blank here and you'll see why:

  • "It's a dream __________." Something. So that, you could say, for example:

  • "It's a dream car.", "It's a dream computer.", "It's a dream house." Right? "It's a dream

  • vacation." So here, you put in whatever it is you're talking about. And what it means,

  • if you said: "It's a dream computer." Means it's an amazing computer, it's a fantastic

  • computer. You love it, you think it's great. So then you say: "It's a dream __________."

  • Something, directly. Without saying: "It's like a dream", you just say: "It's a dream

  • computer.", "It's a dream holiday." Or: "It's a dream job." Right?

  • All right, so here are some idioms about dreams. Let's see if you remember them. Very quickly,

  • let's review.

  • "I wouldn't dream of it." Means? What? I would never do that.

  • How do you say: "Oh, really. You know, maybe in your fantasy, but I don't think it's actually

  • going to happen"? How do you say that? "In your dreams!" Or: "Dream on!" Not both. Okay?

  • One of them.

  • If I say: "It's a dream hotel." What does that mean? Well, it was an amazing hotel.

  • Right?

  • If you want to say that something was really amazingly, wonderful, you could say: "It was

  • a dream come true."

  • And another way to say that: "It was like a dream." A little bit less enthusiastic,

  • but still very nice.

  • And: "It was beyond my wildest dreams." Means amazingly fantastic.

  • All right? So a lot of them, as you can see, are really positive; just depends on degree,

  • how positive. So, if you'd like to do our review on this, please go to our website:

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  • Good luck with your English. Bye for now.

Hi, my name is Rebecca from www.engvid.com. In today's lesson, we're going to learn six

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