Idiom lesson: Up In The Air

Idioms are used very often in real English conversation. So it is important to learn many idioms when you are learning English.

In this video lesson, Joe talks about the English language idiom “Up In The Air”.

If something is “up in the air” then it has not yet been decided; it is undecided.

Idioms are commonly used in real English conversation. So if you want to learn real English and speak English fluently it is important to learn many idioms.


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  • zeriano joao caianda

    hello! teachers,I like very,very good your inglish

  • Duran Aydogmus

    Hi JOE,

    Thank you very much for this video lesson on idioms.
    Idiom is richness, enhancement of every language.
    Your speaking is very very clear and understandable. you are just a real teacher of English for us.
    In fact, you all (trible)teachers are excellence teachers. Please go on your video lessons for us.

    Thank you again
    I remain
    Duran Aydogmus

  • Claudia

    Hi Joe,
    This video is really useful for people is living abroad like me, I am living in the USA for five months and I realized how important is to learn idioms. So this video was very important to me.
    Thank you!

  • Barbara

    Good point about this particular idiom, and very clear in your description. I show your videos to my students and offer them this website for additional learning if they are interested in enhancing their English. Thanks!

  • Albert Somogyi

    Hi Joe, thank you very much for this excellent video lesson from the real life. This lesson very useful to me. Your speech in this video great and undrstandable. You and AJ always cause me surprise by different video lessons. Thanks a lot again for the Email message of this lesson. Albert

  • Ives Ferrari

    thanks a lot ! A ggod tip!

  • Ives Ferrari

    very, very good ! Thanks a lot for the tip!

  • Fui Sin

    It’s really useful. Thank you for your sharing! Love “Learn Real English” so much!

  • José Roberto Lisboa

    I´ve been learning everything I had doubt before.
    Thank you Joe.

  • Brahim

    Tanks all team . I Will be on the lockout for moor idioms

  • Brahim

    I Will be in the lockout for the next idiom .thank you all team for helping peaple

  • mahboobeh

    Thanks. I feel comfortable when I know these idioms.

  • mahrokh

    We have the same idiom with the same meaning in our language (Persian or Farsi). Thanks



  • Arty

    Thanks teachers 4 everything.

  • nina

    thanks for explaining this idiom up in the air

  • vera

    Hello everybody,
    The idiom is rather interesting and useful, which I haven’t come across before though I might not have noticed it. Thank you so much. And one more thing. When listening to your lessons everything is absolutely clear and understandable, I mean the way you speak, but listening to real English conversation is quite different, especially when you watch a movie or listen to a song or a radio program.Why do they speak so indistinctly? Or may be I speak Russian the same way.


    Dear Teachers,
    I am enjoyng the maximum the English lessons that you are sending for Me. I am improving my english a lot.
    Thank you very much for your help. God Bless all of you.
    Til next oportunity.
    José Pereira

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  • Aleks

    very helpful/ Thanks a lot

  • Mahamadou

    the idiom is very helpful.Thank you for that.

  • Gabor

    It was rather useful.

  • makhmud

    Your idiom is very useful in real english conversation .Thanks a lot.

  • madani olfa

    thank you teacher your explanation has been useful i hope i learn more popular idioms from u greetings Olfa

  • saber

    Salam,hello teacher Joe!
    Thank you for today! I have learned a useful itom we have also in our language Persion even translating word by word. in Persion we say “på dær havast!”

    In any way I appreciate this!

    Greetings Saber

  • AnnaSophia

    Thank you very much!

  • yodit

    iam happy to learn this englissh thanks alot God bless uuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • Mateus Oliveira

    Step by step I’ve been gained more knowledge with yours lessons…thanks…I hope to get the lessons soonly

  • Nicu

    I’m not ,,up in the air” I have decided to continue your course … Thanks 🙂


  • alsadig

    Alsadig says
    August 26-2014 at 9:03
    it is real way to learn English !

  • alsadig

    it is real way to learn English !

  • Valica GOREA

    Your English Real Course is realy very useful,but
    unfortunately my studiing time is very limited.After I finish the course,I’ll get The Advanced Conversation Club.Thanks and have a nice day.

  • Ives Ferrari

    Good explanations about idioms!! Thanks a lot!

  • P De Mario

    I’m so greatfull with your English Real Course.
    After I finish this excelente course, I’ll get The Advanced Conversation Club.
    I thank you and Kristin
    P De Mario

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  • Jose Ernando Pereira

    Preteou o olho da gateada ( that frase in portuguez means that certain issiu is not ease to solve).So, that example show us the difficault to understand foreign language happen in all idioms).Because this razion we need to thanks very useful lessons like this one. Thanks, Joe.

  • moussa

    thank you so much sir AJ about your lesson in english
    i’m so very happy in my self confident to talk inglish skills

  • sudirman Maca

    thanks to the lesson …..Ican know lot of things from the lesson and videoo my english is getting better….i hope you can send the other lesson which can improve my english as lecturer….

  • edson

    It is wonderfull receiving so many new informations! Thanks a lot for you help!

  • jorch

    I heard “Up in the air” for the first time referring to the movie. That´s an idiom game, as the character flies a lot because of his job and keeps trying to get a platinum card (which gives him free miles).

    Another game I found there: “Do you want a can, sir” offering him a soda, but it sounded like: “Do you want a cancer?”.

  • Ayman Osman

    Wonderful! Thanks I’m still thinking how can improve my speaking English

  • Bigbossecon

    excellent. the more you make this kinda videos for us the wider our vocab will become

  • Stuart Miller

    It puzzles me how a non-native English speaker (i.e. an American) can pretend to teach anyone how a real native English speaker speaks. As everyone knows, the English and the Americans are two nations separated by a common language, and American English and, particularly, American pronunciation bear no resemblance to the real thing.

    [JoeWeiss 19 August 2014] Hello Stuart. Thanks for your comment. I am sorry if there is any confusion. English is both a language and a reference to a person who is from England. When I refer to a real native English speaker I am referring to a real native English language speaker.

  • Tahra

    Thank you a lot I really found your lessons very helpful.