Learn English idioms with pictures


The English language can be extremely confusing and illogical and not just for people studying it as a second or foreign language. It is also a really confusing language for native English speakers with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  ASDs have problems understanding common phrases and idioms in their native language because they tend to interpret the meaning of these expressions in a very literal way. For example the expression 'raining cats and dogs' would be understood in a literal way: that dogs and cats are falling from the sky.

 Therefore, we would like to introduce you to a fantastic book called It's Raining Cats and Dogs: An Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions. This fantastic book is written and illustrated by Michael Barton a young man with ASD.  It is filled with some of the most common idioms and expressions in British English.  Each expression is accompanied by a fun hand-drawn illustration and the real meaning of the expression.


You can get the book online here or look for it at a book shop or library.


  • Connecting images with idioms can help you remember them easier.
  • The brain can remember more when it sees things.
  • This is a really fun way of learning common and useful idioms and expressions.


This book is for anyone who is interested in adding idioms and expressions to their vocabulary.