Insect Expressions - Words and Their Stories - The Spring Issue



Listening activity – Voice Of America
 
It’s official: Spring is coming. It’s the time to tend the garden or balcony plants, flowers start blooming and insects are coming back! Swarms of bees, ants, butterflies and bugs of all kinds.
English has many  expressions about insects. Here, you’ll be listening to a special report from VOA about this topic.

PART 1. Listen to the clip and connect the expression to the example or definition on the right column. You can see the transcript in the Answer Section later.



1. As busy as a bee


A. Go somewhere right away
2. A beehive of activity
B. When you cannot stop talking about something important
3. Make a beeline for something
C. When someone asks you a personal question
4. Be the bee's knees
D. You spent your weekend cleaning your house
5. Have a bee in your bonnet

E. Ask someone to leave you alone
6. None of your beeswax
F. Your whole family was helping you clean
7. Talk about the birds and the bees

G. The best of its kind
8. Mad as a hornet

H. Discuss where babies come from
9. Stir up a hornet's nest
I. When someone tells you again and again to do something
10. Have butterflies in your stomach

J. Warm and happy
11.Have ants in your pants

K. Really angry
12.Stop bugging me

L. Wish someone good night
13.Someone put a bug in your ear

M. Create trouble or problems
14.Be snug as a bug in a rug

N. Be restless and unable to sit still
15. Don't let the bed bugs bite
O. Be nervous about having to do something


PART 2: Use the right choice to complete the following sentences.

  1. My work mate has ...........................................  and he will not stop talking about moving to a new apartment in the city.
a) bed bugs  b) a bee in his bonnet   c) butterflies in his stomach

  1. John is beginning to ........................................... with his endless questions.
a) bug me  b) stir up a hornet's nest  c) be snug as a bug in a rug

  1. Our boss was ........................................... when she came to work this morning.
a) none of her beeswax  b) snug as a bug in a rug c)as mad as a hornet

  1. The kids were ........................................... as they watched a movie in their parents’ big bed.
     a) butterflies in their stomachs b) snug as a bug in a rug  c) as busy as a bee

  1. My friend Sally put ........................................... all year about going to France and now I cannot stop thinking about it.
     a) a bug in my ear    b) a beeline  c) a bee in her bonnet
    
  1. My dad told me ........................................... during a summer holidays.
a)     butterflies in my stomach  b) about the birds and the bees c) none of his beeswax

  1. Teachers say some little boys have ........................................... when they kept moving around.
      a) ants in their pants  b) butterflies in their stomachs  c) the bee's knees

  1. I had ........................................... when I graduated from college.
      a) a bug in my ear    b) a bee in my bonnet   c) butterflies in my stomach

  1. Last weekend we went to a concerts and were so hungry that we made ...........................................  the food stand.
     a) a beehive of activity    b) stir up a hornet's nest  c) a beeline

  1. It was ........................................... at the office so Jane did not dare ask any questions.
     a) mad as a hornet   b) a beehive of activity    c) none of your beeswax



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