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Talking about your summer vacation. Useful idioms

Summer is still on, but are you getting ready to start learning English again? The main question when you are back from summer vacation is “tell me something about it”. So here are some interesting idioms that will help you to talk about your holidays.

 What did you do this summer, let’s talk!


I hope you had a chance to soak up some sun.

Soak up some sun – to lie in the sun and enjoy the sun’s rays on your skin.

“I can’t wait to get away and soak up some sun on the beach next week! It’s the perfect way to relax during a summer vacation.”


Did you have to work in your parents’ garden?

Have a green thumb – to be  great at gardening or to have a natural talent for gardening. It is important to note that this can only be used for gardening or growing plants; this idiom cannot be used for other natural abilities.

“Wow! Look at your vegetable garden! It’s so vibrant and full – you must have a green thumb! Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try, I can’t keep any plants or flowers alive.”

Are you a social butterfly when it comes to summer BBQ parties?

Social butterfly – someone who likes to be around people, who likes the company of others. This is someone who loves talking to everyone at the party and can do so easily, moving from one person to the next.

“John is such a social butterfly! He’s out every night of the week and knows everyone in this city. I don’t know how he has so much energy!”

Did you enjoy dog days of summer in Warsaw this year?

Dog days of summer – the hottest days of the summer.

“I wish I could go home from work early today. It’s impossible to get any work done during these dog days of summer!”

Did you have any summer fling this vacation? 

Summer fling – a short romance or dating relationship during the summer period; it’s a romance that isn’t meant to be serious or long-term.

“I can’t believe Susan’s a teenager already! She had her first summer fling with a boy from summer camp but thankfully it wasn’t too serious. I’m not ready for her to grow up so fast!”

How much was your hotel and flight tickets?

A drop in the ocean – a small amount of something compared to what is needed.

“One hundred dollars for the hotel is a drop in the ocean when you think about the thousands that will be spent on the transatlantic flight tickets.”