Beautiful Idioms & Useful Expressions All about Art

October 20, 2019 91 Comments

We are in Paris! The city of lights or the city of arts and culture. So today we’re going to talk to you about some idioms and expressions that are related to art. And culture. That’s coming up. It is a gorgeous day out. Perfect day to see all the sights of Paris. That is the Louvre. One of the most famous museums in the world. Check out this view. Right here. We’re at the Eiffel Tower. Or kind of. It’s right there. So since we are in Paris, which is a city very well known for its art and culture we’re going to talk to you about some expressions and idioms that that have words related to art in them. Of course. The first expression I want to talk to you about is to paint yourself into a corner. And when somebody paints themselves into a corner, that just means that they are put into a situation where there is no or there are very few good outcomes. And they are painted into a corner. It’s not a good place to be. So there’s a famous saying that goes a picture is worth a thousand words. And what this means is that you can have a complex idea that can be expressed in just one single picture. Better expressed in fact than a description. So there’s so much more that a picture says than words can say. A picture’s worth a thousand words. Another expression is to paint the town red. And when you go out and you paint the town red that just means that you are going out and you are partying and you are celebrating in a very lively way. As an example, you would say “You know, let’s go out tonight. Let’s paint the town red.” Another expression is to see the big picture or to look at the big picture. And this just means to see the situation as a whole. Because sometimes it’s very important to instead of like looking in little details, to look at the situation as a whole. And that means to look at the bigger picture or to see the bigger picture. Or the big picture. So we’re just chilling on a bench. As you can see behind us…oh, where did it go? It’s the other way. I can’t show you. There we go. It’s the Eiffel Tower. So we’re going to…we’re going to share our favorite things about Paris right now. What is your favorite thing about Paris? The food. Hands down. That was going to be mine. Everything. All the food is just like the ingredients are simple, high-quality, and just well put together. I like the croissants or here the croissants. Why is your nose so red? Because we were out in the sun all day yesterday. Somebody got sunburned. What’s your favorite site? I like Versailles. The gardens. I thought they were really, really impressive. Wes tell me your favorite French word? French word? I’ve been saying “Merci.” Merci. Okay. I’ve been using that. Okay, what about… It’s my only word. Favorite French word? Amour. What? Amour. I don’t know how to pronounce it. Favorite English channel. Interactive English. Obviously. Alright. Let’s keep moving. Another expression that I say quite often is…you just say, “What’s wrong with, this picture?” And when you’re asking somebody what’s wrong with this picture, it means that you’re asking this person or a group of people to identify what is wrong with this situation. And seeing if they can identify it. So you’re kind of asking them in a sarcastic way. What’s wrong with this picture? So this is an expression that’s also a question. And it goes “Do I have to paint you a picture?” And it’s not…it’s kind of like when you’re trying to explain something to somebody, and they just don’t get it at all. This is kind of asking like, “What else can i do to make you understand this?” You’re trying to make it more clear for them. You’re a little bit frustrated that they don’t get it. And you’re just asking them “Do I have to paint you a picture?” So you’re just kind of trying to see like… I’ve tried all these ways to explain It. What else can I do to make you understand this? Another idiom is saying that something is like watching the paint dry. This is a simile because we’re comparing two things. And you’re saying that something is like watching the paint dry. So you’re talking about something that is very boring. It’s dull. It’s tedious. And it takes a long time. So therefore, it’s like watching the paint dry. So another expression is to paint a ___ picture. And why I made that mmm sound because you can change the adjective. So something can paint a terrible picture. It can paint a bleak picture. It can paint a rosy picture. And what this means is to describe something in a certain way. And many times it’s used in a negative way. So when you… if something paints a terrible picture, it means that things appear to be pretty bad. Hope you guys enjoyed learning these expressions. And getting a glimpse of our trip to Paris. So now we want to hear from you guys. In the comments…what are we going to? We’re going to ask you…we have a question for you that we wanted to hear the answer to. And our question is “Have you ever been to Paris?” And if yes, “What did you think about it?” What was your favorite thing? And if you haven’t been, we’d like to know if you’d like to go. Thank you guys so much for watching, and we’ll see you next time. Bye.

91 Replies to “Beautiful Idioms & Useful Expressions All about Art”

  1. Makabool Khan says:

    You are great 💋 i always watch your video, i want to talk to you a personally topic. Can you give me your WhatsApp number please?

  2. Hassan Ibrahim says:

    Nice couple Teacher

  3. David Calero says:

    Hi guys nice job …i am getting use to your videos ….keep up thtat good work….by the way i have never been to Paris I wish i cuold go this year as i am 3.5h fly…….enjoy your holidays.

  4. Interactive English says:

    Write us a comment! ✍ We love hearing from you guys. 😊

  5. Soumika Mukherjee says:

    Watching your videos is not watching the paint dry…. Keep on making such amazing and useful videos…

  6. Curious Soul says:

    @Interactive English,Hi there …….
    How're you?
    Thanks so much for the lesson full of art…..👍👏
    I enjoyed it ……

    No,I have never been to Paris.Maybe ,in future……..
    But thanks so much for showing us around through this video……..👍

  7. patricia andreatta says:

    Hello from France!
    I've been several times in Paris. Obviously, I like the History of France and my favorite king is "Louis XIV". For me, Versailles and its magnificent gardens are incomparable. (Do I have to paint you a picture?)
    Thank you for sharing that beautiful and useful video!

  8. English Classes says:

    very well done

  9. nourdine1902 says:

    I was there but I prefer new York

  10. Dominique André says:

    Welcome in France teachers 🙂.
    Will you visit some others places in France ?

  11. Mohemmad Aziz says:

    A picture has thousand of words!

  12. James Brasco says:

    You guys absolutely ROCK!!!

  13. Rude dude says:

    appreciated this piece of great work 💙


    Unfortunately I have never been to Paris, but I intend to go in few years.

  15. Ronen R says:

    It’s so nice to begin a day with your new video 🤙🏽

  16. Nhathuyen Nguyen says:

    Great video,thank u

  17. Sunrise Sunshine says:

    actually, ive never been to paris

  18. Sunrise Sunshine says:

    ive just finished my exams nd i would like to paint the town red now

  19. Mohamed Ilyas says:

    Both of you painted the Paris red kkkkk

  20. Miley Cassandra says:

    How long have you stayed there?.Did you guys speak Frence there?What do you think about Frence people?Thanks so much for your incredible lesson👍

  21. Bassam salim says:

    No, I've not visited Paris.
    And I don't like to visit Paris, I'd rather visit Tokyo!

  22. Ousmane Camara says:

    Yes I have been there for hours

  23. Wafaa Amien says:

    Wow factor 😯

  24. Aparecido FERREIRA VAIS says:

    Hi teachers great video thanks a lot
    I hope you have a great weekend

  25. Lu lu says:

    I'm always so happy when people say they enjoyed visiting Paris ! Like wow that's my city, I feel like a proud mom!!!!

  26. Aimanno Mourad says:

    Thank you for your for great efforts.
    No, I have never been to Paris. But after this video I can consider myself visit it because you are our eyes there. Have a good trip.

  27. Marcelo Coura says:

    Hi Wes and Iona. I enjoyed the expressions. I have never been to Paris, but I intend to go one day. "State-of-the-art " is one expression too?

  28. Beatriz Valêncio says:

    Amazing job guys! Here in Brazil, we got close idioms, almost literal translation! An example: "Do I have to paint you a picture?" is like "Tenho que desenhar para você?" and the meaning is exactly the same!! When you try to make your explanation more clear. And in "A picture is worth a thousand words" we have in Portuguese "Uma imagem vale mais que mil palavras" haha Awesome video 😍

  29. Patricia says:


  30. Patricia says:

    Yeah, I was in Paris and I think is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Every place there is full of history and absolutely enjoyable in many ways. Thank you for this video, it's reminds me good times! Bye

  31. James Brasco says:

    The two of you make such a GREAT COUPLE!!

  32. Huy Alison says:

    So useful
    Grateful from a vietnamese

  33. Gisele Estrada says:

    I've never been to Paris.😣 By the way, I love croissants too!🥐 YUMMY!😋
    We miss you guys and the live-lessons!

  34. Rza Jefri says:

    No l have not,but hope very soon and then l can answer ur questions ,by the way super useful expressions thx🤗👍

  35. Renan Souza says:

    It's such a beautiful place ♥

  36. Shi Mingchun says:

    I am appealed by the splendid landscape of Paris, how envy your experience!! After watching this course, my head is full of the word “picture”. I know it is not the exactly picture I knew previously. So how about drawing a hole picture of Paris well known landscapes for us? Haha

  37. Cubs events says:

    Beautiful City Paris

  38. Vani mahi says:

    Thanks Interactiv asusaul amazing

  39. caredas says:

    4:25 Quelle honte ! Ioana ne sait pas comment prononcer le mot « amour » !
    Bon… en fait, elle n'en est pas loin ! 🙂

  40. mustafa v2 says:

    thanks, guys that was so beautiful

    have a nice month at in Paris

    about your question NO I have never been to Paris but maybe some day

  41. Ahmed Ali says:

    hi guys I hope that you have fun

  42. Mustapha Peterson says:

    Interesting it was great thank you , maybe oneday to be in Morocco 🇲🇦 it is wonderful ( Chefchaouen , Agadir , Marrackech , Casablanca , and Atlas mountains ) I hope you enjoyed being in Paris

  43. TECDESIGNS says:

    Hi, my friends!! Awesome vacation! how's it going?
    I'm here again!!
    Well, these expressions it's not easy to learn when we're not living out there!
    The tower is truly the most important place to make a cool visit!
    Good to see you, guys!!

  44. Ssss Ssss says:

    this verey useful video it because
    continues alot of adiom or expression .and about Paris
    we can say (a picture worh a thousand word's )

  45. Mevlüt Akdağ says:

    I haven't been to Paris, sorry. In Turkish we have the same expression "to look at the big picture". It has totally the same meaning as you said. I wish you a perfect holiday.

  46. bajodel d says:

    I was in Paris last year, awesome. enjoy your stay!

  47. tony cha says:

    My teacher your knowledge is beyond great. You guys are match made in heaven. Your Wife is super beautiful, smart and nice….

  48. Mustapha Peterson says:

    Thank you , you are most welcome

  49. Mustapha Peterson says:

    You too teachers 😘

  50. Ivy Zhang says:

    Such a beautiful city and thanks for you two guys with so nice work. I have never been there. I hope I can go one day.

  51. Preet Kaur says:

    Hello teachers! What an amazing place. I wish I would ever been to here one day.
    Well I would like try some of the expressions.
    1. Tomorrow is my birthday, I will paint the town red.
    2. nowadays it's very important to add pictures with news as a picture's worth a thousand words.

  52. Ahmed Ali says:

    Bonjour comment allez-vous

  53. Mildred Tellez says:

    I wanna go to París ASAP!! Loved your video! ❤❤

  54. Wolfgang Rettich says:

    I’ve been in paris once. I think 20 years ago. Unfortunately I was there only for a short trip. My favorite place was the art district Montmartre.


    to talk about the result or effect of a possible situation:

    It would be very expensive to stay in a hotel.

    Explain if we use could be in the place of would be. I noticed that there is chance for using would be to talk about possiblty in the future. I am so confused about using could and would to talk about future possibility. .please explain5

  56. Mollie Tai says:

    How fascinating it is to have the mixture of English learning and Paris views!

  57. FATAH khailany says:

    Have a ice day

  58. demi daplo says:

    The music is very annoying it is better without this particular music

  59. Heba Hamdy says:

    No I have never been to Paris. But sure I wish visting it but First I want to travel Bali.

  60. quỳnh anh Nguyễn says:

    thank you so much this lesson taught me a lot i love this lesson

  61. Shiny Grace says:

    I really loved the idea of adding the movie clip in the middle for the examples. great job!!

  62. MD ASFAR ALI says:

    we need to look at the big picture in order to minimize global warming that rapidly increasing day by day

  63. MD ASFAR ALI says:

    yesterday i went to watching movie with my friends really that movie was like watching the paint dry
    haha haha a a haha

  64. MD ASFAR ALI says:

    I'm going to paint the town red tonight

  65. MD ASFAR ALI says:

    Quite thnxx for this video

  66. Mangal Gharami says:

    You are really ideal couple.

  67. Sandra Skaten says:

    I love Paris and your video quality was great. Loved it.

  68. GAURAV AGRAWAL says:

    You both always come up with great idea..

  69. jatavath kavitha says:

    Hey guys you both are simply superb…. The best part you look like hollmarkmovi hero horoien and lesson , I wonder the word paint can use this beautifully… Ahh no words only learning… Thanks for such a nice lesson…

  70. jatavath kavitha says:

    I'm French class

  71. Slavik Gost says:

    Great lesson! I just can't help thinking how happy the gal is with her husband taking her to Paris! I mean, that's all a woman wants from her man! lol

  72. Irene Nichas says:

    I would love to visit Paris and Rome.

  73. Walid Elsawi says:

  74. Shinegi Linguist says:

    I always like your vocab videos.

  75. KDCalifornia panther says:

    Outstanding lesson, and awesome idioms. You guys painted Paris red 🤩🤩🤩😍😍🤗🤗🤗🤗

  76. Pavel Rakitin says:

    Yes I have. Ecstatic.

  77. Michael Joussan Velásquez Mendoza says:

    I've never visited Paris but I'd like to go 🙂

  78. Yudhistira Pratama says:

    I've just been to Paris by watching your video. Your camera paints a beautiful picture of Paris 🙂 Thank you for this great lesson, guys


    I have never been in paris.But If I were then I may say about the Eiffel tower.

  80. Silvia Capetillo Aguirre says:

    You are such good teachers!

  81. Milagros Soberanis says:

    Hello good morning! watching you from this little window which is Internet and very happy to see you happy. Answering your question: yes, I went to Paris in 2009 and I liked very much the Eiffel Tower at night, and to eat in a restaurant which is Champs Elysees. Drinking wine and be relaxed.

  82. Анна Лузина says:

    Hello! I'm Ann and I'm from Russia 🖖🇷🇺 I really like watching your videos! It's so useful as I've been studying English since 10 y.o (now I'm almost 17 y.o). And, yeah, I've been in Paris with my English teacher. It was in #March2017. Thanks a lot for this interesting video!!! MERCI

  83. Alice in wonderland Alice in wonderland says:

    The best channel i have seen yet!

  84. faisa elmi says:

    Point the town red

  85. Judit Orosz says:

    I had been in Paris for a few times. First I visited Paris with a tight budget but I still could visit a few places like the Louvre, the Eiffel tower and the Triumphal arch. Second time, I just traveled across but it was an adventure to go London from Paris through the tunnel. Third time, I could spend more time in Paris and around Paris – I even could visited Disneyland and one of the biggest shopping center in Serris. I had seen both dressed up in Christmas lights. The most beautiful part of my visit was the most expensive: going there from Hungary by my car. And I still would like to go there.

  86. lam cin707 says:

    Not jet

  87. Alexandr Padalka says:


  88. David Chou says:

    Yes, I’ve travelled to Paris back in 2010. We went to The Louvre and stumbled upon the Smile of Mona Lisa painting; can’t get closed enough due to the size of the crowd so we gave up. We also went to the top of Eiffel Tower! By and large a great trip and would like to go back again.

  89. Zabet Goga says:

    You’re guys both cute
    God bless you

  90. sajjad moslehi says:

    Hi Wes. Thank you for this video.
    I like Paris, but I think my country, Iran, has more beautiful and attractive monuments. I live in Esfahan which is one of the most beautiful cities across the world. We have many amazing monuments in the city that one of them is Naqsh-e Jahan square. I hope you come to Esfahan and meet you here.
    Thanks again

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