Hello, I’m Fred from EnglishTeacherFred.com. How are you today? I have some idioms; we’re talking about idioms. And I’ll pick one and see what it means.

This one says “to bite one’s tongue.” To bite your tongue.

Bite, you know? Take a bite. When you eat, you bite. Bite. And then, your tongue. This is your tongue. Inside your mouth is your tongue. “Bite your tongue.”

As an idiom, bite your tongue means stop talking. Stop talking about that. Don’t talk about that- bite your tongue! Because if you bite your tongue, it’s very difficult to talk, right?

So maybe a mother or father hears their child say some bad word, and so they say, “Bite your tongue! Don’t say that. Don’t talk about that.”

Or maybe your friend has your secret; you told your friend a secret, and then you hear your friend is about to tell another person your secret. So you say, “No- bite your tongue! Bite your tongue, don’t talk about that. Don’t say that. Bite your tongue.”

“I was going to say that, but then I bit my tongue. I didn’t say it. I stopped talking about that. Because I remembered I shouldn’t say that, so then I bit my tongue. I stopped.”

Okay? I hope that helps. Bite your tongue. Bite your tongue before you say something bad, okay? First think: should I say this? And if you shouldn’t say it, bite your tongue, alright?

Okay, have a nice day. Bye-bye.


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