I’m so glad you’re here today! A little bird told me that you’re ready to learn a new English idiom! Have a look at Dara’s latest video to see how this common idiom is used in a sentence. Then, put it into practice for yourself using the prompts below.
Today’s episode: A Little Bird Told Me.
Bird: Tweet! Tweet!
Dara: What’s that?
Bird: Tweet! Tweet!
Dara: Really? No!
A little bird told me is an idiom which means somebody told me (this information), but I don’t want to tell you who told me. I don’t want you to know who let me know.
OK, let’s see how we can use this phrase naturally:
- A little bird told me it’s your birthday today! This is just a small gift from everyone here at the office. Happy birthday!
- A: A little bird told me that you are quitting soon. Have you got another job lined up or something?
- B: Who told you that?! That’s supposed to be a secret!
- A: How did you know I was getting married? I haven’t even told my family yet!
- B: A little bird told me. Don’t worry – your secret is safe with me!
So, there we are: a little bird told me. Do you have a similar phrase in your language? Let us know in the comments section below.
Think about the following situations and prepare your answers using today’s idiom.
- You hear on the grapevine that your friend is having a baby, so you call to congratulate her. She’s surprised you know already as she had planned to keep it a secret for a few more weeks. What do you say?
- You hear a work colleague is being promoted to manager next month. How do you congratulate him?
- Your grandfather reminds you that it’s your grandmother’s 80th birthday coming up, so you arrange a big family party. She’s delighted, but she asks how you knew her real age as she had kept it a secret all these years. How do you respond?
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