Here are some nature idioms with pictures about the beautiful landscapes around our earth.
Who doesn’t love going to the beach? The sun, sea, the sand, and the sangria! There’s nothing better than feeling the warm sand between your toes and taking a dip in the salty ocean.
Beaches are ram-packed with tourists during the summer months so it’s no wonder there are some sayings about the beach.
Have you ever been to Glastonbury festival? Due to our lovely English weather (in the summer!), it has been many a time a mud bath! Like literally a river of mud with tents being washed away and all the hippies swimming in it. That is what we call mud.
There is in fact a band called ‘Mud’ who released a song called ‘the hippie hippie shake’. You should break up all this study with a and give it a listen. 07 Hippy Hippy Shake – Mud – YouTube
Did you like the song? It’s a fun one, isn’t it?
Anyway, going back to the topic at hand…Dirt is dry mud. When there has been no rain for a while.
We would describe the ground as the hard surface of the Earth that we walk on. It can be natural like sand or man-made like concrete. The general term is ‘the ground’.
There is in fact a saying about keeping your feet on the ground meaning to remain calm after becoming successful. Even the one and only Beatles use it in one of their songs.
A hill is a raised part of land that is usually covered in grass. It’s like a rounded mini mountain but not as steep.
Land is all the Earth that isn’t covered in water. You can also use the term to describe your property or a country e.g.
- Get off my land, you’re trespassing.
- The land in the north of Portugal is great for growing crops.
If I said to you Everest, the Andes, the Alps… what am I talking about? You guessed it – mountains. They are huge, elevated parts of the Earth’s crust which rise into the sky. They provide great entertainment for hikers and skiers.
A pond is a small body of still water that is either natural or man-made. Lots of creatures and plants live in ponds. A pond is similar to a lake but it’s smaller.
Rocks are large masses of stone that can be used in building. The difference between a rock and a stone is the size. Stones are small and rocks are big. The biggest is a boulder which is a huge, rounded rock that can’t be lifted by hand.
Did you know, you can describe a person as a rock? A rock is strong, tough, and reliable. If you know someone like this, a partner, a parent, a friend, someone who helps you through difficult times…they are your rock.
Do you know the actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? He got his name for being a tough guy.
Don’t you just love swimming in the sea? Going to the beach on a blisteringly hot day and jumping into the sea to cool you down has to be one of the best things in life.
So, ocean or sea? what’s the difference? Well… just the size really, a sea is a smaller part of the ocean that is enclosed by land. You’d have to go on a boat to get out to the open ocean, unless you’re a keen swimmer that is.
Before we start looking at the expressions, I’ll give you the pronunciation of both:
- Sea – pronounced just like the letter ‘c’.
- Ocean – pronounced o-shun.
A slope is part of the ground that goes upwards or downwards at a small angle for a length. It could be a long or a short slope. If it’s too steep, it’s called a hill.
A stone is a hard clump of minerals that comes from the ground and can be used in building. A stone is typically smaller than a rock but essentially they are the same thing.
Have you ever been to the beach and fallen asleep on the sand then suddenly… You get wet feet. The tide has come in quickly and washed you and your belongings away.
The tide is to do with the sea/ocean and how it rises and falls at different times of the day.