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Food idioms - Fruit

Introduction

This week The Teacher gets his teeth into some fruity idioms:

  1. To go bananas
  2. It's a case of sour grapes
  3. A second bite of the cherry

Video

Teacher's homework

Have you ever had a case of sour grapes? Or have you gone bananas at somebody or something? Send me some sentences using one or more of these fruit idioms and I'll put my favourite ones on this page.

This topic has now closed. Thanks for all your homework.

Kamran, USA
When one of our competing companies announced that it had achieved some brilliant operating results last year, we went completly bananas. In addition, the rival's employees are going to get a big bonus. It's a case of sour grapes but, we are trying a second bite of the cherry so that we have good business performances next year.

Rossella, Italy
Do you ask me if I never had a second bite of the cherry? Do you think I would have lived on the road, under the bridge if I had it? I’m poor but when you told me I have won the lottery I went bananas, for this they put me into a hospital, they thought I was crazy, but I think my doctor wanted me to go to the hospital because he was jealous: it was a case of sour grapes

Dieu Minh, Vietnam
Hi Mr Very Interesting and Intelligent Man, I'm Minh, from Vietnam. I've just watched your programme. Yes, you're right: I'm a very interesting and intelligent man :)thanks to make this programme. It makes easier to put the british idioms in my head :D. Minh
PS. I've wrote something to you. I have not gone bananas....??? :D

PLien, Vietnam
I go bananas whenever I read a funny comics book (I mean manga only, not western ones). My friend informed that she had won a scholarship. It's a case of sour grapes and I told myself to try a second bite of the cherry,maybe achieve something worthier than hers.

Jennifer, China
Less and less I go bananas when I am getting older, in another words, growing up. I have learned to accept something which I can't change.

Joel, Mexico.
I went bananas when I was selected to study at UNAM University, that was completely amazing for me because I,ve been trying to get a place there for two years.

Rossella, Italy
I lost. But they gave me a second bite of the cherry. I was nervous, I only had another possibility. So, when I read my name on the screen I went bananas and I started to kiss everybody I met. It was the first time I was very very happy. Don’t you believe me? You are right now I’m here in this hospital because I’m a crazy man.

Agnes, Poland
I exactly know what it means when somebody has a problem with jealousy. I have a younger sister who my parents make a favourite..it is so unpleasant when yoy feel always unlovely. When now because of it I hate my sister she takes away my parent' feeling it is a case of sour grapes.

Sona, Iran
Dear Teacher,I really enjoy watching your videos and I go bananas when I use these Idioms during practising English speaking with my husband but he looks at me angrily. I think it is a case of sour grapes because he didn’t use them. I will give him a second bite of the cherry !!

Xuan, Vietnam
I went bananas when I knew I passed the visa to go to the US after a second bit of cherry and I had a chance to visit and work in Orlando, Florida during the summer 2007. It was a great chance for me to gain experience by working overseas. I really like the trip, it's unforgettable for me.

jameskuwe MDIS
I failed my Listening Test so I asked my teacher to give me a second bite of the cherry

Soliu Ayede, Nigeria
A sister of mine was sent $1000 while schooling together. so, she started laughing at me and that was a case of sour graps to me. Fortunately, I was sent more than that. So, the case became vice versa. Inccidentally, she said I should give her a third bite of cherry. That made me go bananas, after winning you said, I.

Svetlana, Russia
Hello! I went bananas when Russian national football team won England team. It was so great! But after some days I went bananas because of our team again. They played so bad... And for me it was so pity that so perfect Enlish national team will not qaulified Euro 2008 and our lazy team qualified. It's awful. I am going bananas when i think about it.

Jorge, Peru
I don't usually go bananas, really, I'm a rather quiet, peaceful man who has reached peace of mind, you know, ... really, really, I'm not lying to you... why don't you believe me huh? Do I LOOK LIKE A LIAR? HAVE I EVER... EVER!!! LIED TO YOU? DO YOU KNOW MEEEE... WHY DON'T YOU JUST STOP FINGERPOINTING AND STARING LIKE I'M NUTS!!! :D

Douglas, Puerto Rico
congratulations teacher,because you always have room for improvment!I have a new girl in my life,so i'm getting a second bite of the cherry and this time i won't let her go!

Dilek,Istanbul,Turkey
The beautiful lady won the contest. Of course it was time to go bananas for her. But as a Miss. Universe she was very earnest. On the other side, for her rivals it was such a case of sour grapes. Everyone was wishing to have a second bite of the cherry.

James, New Zealand
I went bananas when my boss fired me. I accepted the situation and behaved like a gentle man.But it's a case of sour grapes.And there's no second bite of cherry. I 'll have find another job.

Lei,China
I went bannans when I was told that I had been admitted by that college

Leon Albert, El Salvador
I just went bananas with my old time sweet heart once again I never thought to have a second bite of the cherry.

K.T, Thailand
I am working in foreign company where people speak English fluently. It's a case of sour grapes. If I have had a second bite of the cherry, I would have studies English hard since young. It makes me go to bananas everytime when think about this.

RANDY, PERU
There is many times when people goes bananas , it happened to me when I won the lottery and, I think everybody deserve a second bite of the cherry.

Azadeh, India
Having found my friend got a good score in the exam, I went completely bnanas, I did not show but it was a case of sour grapes for me. Well, I thought, I will give myself a second bite of a cherry.

Matthew, Hong Kong
I went bananas when my dog urinated on my bed. But, luckily, after teaching my dog where to urinate, it doesnt urinate on my bed again. It seems a good news to me.

Rajesh, Germany
Dear Intelligent Man...to be clear about your way of teaching and me "to be intelligent man like you" should I ever quit listening, no I wouldn't do it for all the tea in China. Luv ur way

Rossella, Italy
I was in front of the screen. My eyes closed. I opened them slowly. I saw the name. It was mine. I went bananas: I was the winner. I couldn’t stop crying and shouting. I was so happy. I phoned my friend Mary. She was quiet, but strange. I thought it’s a case of sour grapes. While I was speaking I saw Anne crying in front of the screen. I stopped to speak and I went to her. I told her “Don’t cry, please. The nest time you will have a second bite of the cherry”. She stopped crying and answered “You are right, it will be so. Thanks you are a friend”. And kissed me before leaving .

Tuan Tu, Vietnam
This is the first time I've watched such a video in BBC learning English. Watching the performance of the teacher in charge, to some extent,I went bananas. However,to another extent, I talked to myself "it's a case of sour grapes." And now, I feel that my interest and thirst for knowledge outweigh my jealousy. So why don't I have a second bite of thecherry?

Mandy Chow, CHINA
Oh, my God! He wins me again. I really have gone bananas. Yes, it is a case of sour grapes. If I had been given a second bit of the cherry, I should have get the first place.

Rebol, Isaa
I went bananas by hearing too much noise at my office, then I decided that I don't like those calm and sunny beaches in the Caribbean, because you can't have a decent coffee there. My friend, here on my side, says that it's a case of sour grapes. Actually once I went to Cuba, and now that I haven't got a bean (sorry for mixing your wonderful lessons)I can't afford a second bite of the cherry.

YPW, Sweden
I went bananas when my sweater got shrunk after washing because it was my first time to knit a sweater. It's not a case of sour grapes if my friend is good at knitting for I am going to have a second bite of the cherry.

Sara, Spain
I am the queen of BananaLand, because I go bananas everyday twice or more! Maybe my psychologist has a second bite of the cherry... Thanks very much for your enjoyable lessons

Jane, Taiwan
When my cats pissed on my bed, I went totally bananas.

Thu Trang, Viet Nam
When i was 6 years old, i had a close friend. On her birthday she received a beautiful dress from her parents. This is a pink dress, it looked so lovely. She went bananas, but it's a case sour grape for me. I frustrated it by a cut, but she saw. After that we were no longer friends. I made a second bite of cherry but no effect. My friendship came to an end!!!!!!!!!

Najeeb, Bahrain
A friend of mine went extremely bananas when he won a new car after he had spent all his money on buying raffle tickets. One day I saw him driving same car which I don't prefer it to others cars. Infact I don't own any car. My friend responded me" it's a case of sour grapes"

Abraham, Mexico
My boss reduce my salary, that's a case of sour grapes and obviusly I went bananas and I still go bananas

Xin, China
I went banana when i heard that Houston Rockets lost their game again. If they could got a second bite of the cherry before the beginning of this season, would they still use new coach?

Mike,Canada
Great program but the video quality is terrible! The preferences option won't work.

Kamal khan, Afghanistan
He had gone bananas when he was a little crazy. Sour of grapes can make you scorn.

J.Sil,Indonesia
Sir,thank you for your information. "To go to bananas" could be done by children when someone taking their toys without permission. "It's a case of sour grapes" could be done by teenager when they are informed by someone that their partner has been have another pertner. Now "A second bite of the cherry" could be done by someone who browse a site but he was fault and try it again.

Marouf Assaf, Jordan
Dont give up! Do your best. When you don't get what you want from the first try, have a second bite of the cherry. Say "failure" is not in my vocabulary.

hjlee, korea
When one of our competing companies announced that it had achieved some brilliant operating results last year, we went completly bananas. In addition, the rival's employees are going to get a big bonus. It's a case of sour grapes but, we are trying a second bite of the cherry so that we have good business performances next year.

Kanika, India
I had gone bananas; when I got to know that I scored 70%. I was was over the moon:) till the time I got to know that my friend had got 90%. But even 70% were good enough. I know it was a case of sour grapes. But i am sure if i get to have second bite of the cherry I'll score 100% :). But alas that's not possible!

Gina,Taiwan
I went banana after getting the letter from an old friend whom I haven't heard from for many years.My brother passed the letter to me with a bitter smile,I think it's a case of sour grapes.

Apars,U.K
My friend went bananas when she heard that she won 1st prize in the running race.Please give me a second bite of a cherry to answer that question.It was a case of sour grapes when my neighbour heard that I had bought a new car.

Paiwan, TAIWAN
There are too many cases of sour grapes in life.Instead of whether asking a second bite of the cherry or going bananas,we should try to work harder and prepare better in advance.

Azeez, Nigeria
Whenever you go bananas just be sure you really need to because having a second bite of the cherry'll never be a case of sour grapes.

Sheetal, India
Dear Teacher, Your way of teaching is very effective and interesting.I used to hate idioms because I was not able to undersand them. It was the case of sour grapes. Now I am enjoying it a lot. Thanks for these informative and interesting programmes.

Frugh, Afghanistan
Once upon a time I had said: “It’s not my dream to do some thing special.” I confess that it’s a case of sour grapes. In fact I will go bananas if I can do something special in my life , once I tried to break a record but I failed . And now I would like to have a second bite of the cherry.

Chloe, Korea
One day my boyfriend told me that he was falling in love someone else. I was so suprised and went completely bananas. but I should pretend to be alright. yes...It was a case of a sour grapes. If I have a second bite of cherry to meet him again,I will kick his ass. hahaha...

Yu Morita,Japan
I will go bananas if I drow the 1st prize,about $2727272, in the lottery game.In Japan,a very big lottery game is taking place till Dec.21.07.A lot of Japanese people buy lotteries to dream a rich life.Of course, I bought about 400 lotteries!! I pray to the god every day.....

Kasia, Poland
I went bananas last week when I turned out not to win a trip to Spain in a quiz but my best friend Betty did it!!!Yes I must admit it 's a case of sour grapes! but I've decided to have a second bite of the cherry and try next month.

Gao Guoqi, China, Tianjin city
When I have the salary I go bananas in my heart on the 15th of every month.

David Hernandez, Colombia
Hello teacher ! again i am so happy to do your homeworks, i really enjoy each class of your english idioms becouse you and your very intelligent ways of teaching help me to improve my english skills every single day , i hope to be an english teacher like you .About the fruit idioms, i am a very fanatic man of my soccer team ATLETICO NACIONAL and always when my team score a goal i immediatly go bananas and soon my team will be champion and i am obviously going to go bananas. thank you so much , good bye.

Aravind,India
Even if i dont pass in a second bite of cherry,my dad would go bananas.but if i cleared with 1st class mark,definitely it is case of sour grapes for my elder brother.Thank you teacher and looking forward for next session.

Maciej, Poland
Today I really went bananas because I was caught in the bus without bus ticket. Now I have to pay a huge fine :-((

Aneta, Poland
As I am a teacher I often go bananas at my impolite pupils, but usually after that I give them a second bite of the cherry for improving their attitude. I greet them all now.

Crystal,Taiwan
When I knew that I didn't pass the exam again,it really made me go banana.

Prakash Joshi(INDIA)
Once when I was going to Delhi-capital of India-I caught the wrong vehicle to reach there. I went bananas when he left me in an isolated place. I could have a second bite of cherry by returning home, but that was a far cry since it was an unknown place. By hook or by crook I reached to my house it's a case of sour grapes.

Wellebaby China
I didn't go bananas when my boss said I was absolutely useless at this job.I just said ' A second bite of the cherry,please ,then ,I'll come a long way at it.'

A, Thailand
I was a secretary but I oftenly went bananas to my boss. Finally, I was fired. I really want to have a second bite of the cherry but I keep telling others that I don't want to get back to work...it's such a case of sour grapes, isn't it?

Giang, Viet Nam
It's the first time our relationship be injured and I had to opposite with losing her. But I really went bananas when she came with me and gave me a second bite of the cherry.

Vidyasekaran, India
I often go bananas while discussing about individual contribution to team with my manager. Everyone volunteer to contribute something few days before appraisals however every one takes it as a case of sour grapes if their latest contribution is not taken into account while apprising. Once appraisals are complete no one gets a second bite of cherry.

Ponnreay, Cambodia
Dear, teacher. I'm really interested in your fruit idioms. I went bananas when I heard that my sister had to get hair cut to be shorter and shorter than before because she have to learn in an organization. It is the rule of organization.

Nhung,Vietnam
I went totally bananas when I passed the exam entering university. But it was so regret for my friend, she didn't get that. It's unbelievable when her mother said that I got it by another way, it's clearly a case of sour grapes, I think so.

Elton, Brazil
I`ve gone banana after each classwith that teacher!!!

Maria Veronica, Italy
I have got a question for the teacher ^_^In the movie about Bridget Jones (the 2nd), she is in a pub with her close friends. Then another friend came afterwards, and jellyfishes appeared next to Bridget . Probably I can slyghtly imagine what it means watching the movie, but I am not able to tell actually. If it is going to be a lecture about this jellyfish would be great. As it is already. Thank you!

Antony, Vietnam
Oh yeah. I just picked up some new idioms from BBC. I got bananas, indeed.:) I'm sure that tomorrow when I show them to my friends, they will be surprised. However, some of them can be envious of my English improvement. ;) then it's a case of sour grapes.

Ashley, Morocco
I went bananas when my best friend asked me for marriage. My cousin told me that he is not good man,sure that's a case of sour grapes!!

PUPPY, TAIWAN
A long time ago, when I was in a senior high school, a boy went bananas because he ate a cockroach when he bet with his friends. Oh my god. It scare me.

Cinderellah, Iran
I remembered when I've been accepted in university exam I've gone bananas, also I remembered the first time I failed in driving licence. I try to do it a second bite of the cherry, and my friend said congratulation to me but I know it's a case sour grapes.

Omid J. Naeini, Iran
I really became happy to see that you have awarded from English Speaking Union. I congratulate you, since you are definitely worthy of it.

Zeina Alio,Syria
I went bananas when my close friend started lying to me, she said sorry and asked me for a second bite of the cherry, but I could not trust her again!! I would like to say thank u very much teacher i like your idioms and your way at teaching,I wish if there was a teacher like you in the British Consulate Ltakia..(Syria) I would like to visit England only to see you.. thank you..I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

TRACY, CHINA
I failed my exam. This make me go bananas. If I have a second bite of the cherry, I will do my best.

Aysel, Azerbaijan
I went bananas, when I undestood I had hurt someone I loved and respected! And I would never make it up to her, because she died. If only I had a second bite of the cherry !!!

Pink, Vietnam
I went bananas when I knew that the ex girlfriend of my boy friend now still loves him so much. Anyway, it's a case of sour grapes because she didn't know how to respect and keep her love. That is her fault, certainly I'll be happier than her as I've never behaved like her.

Corentine, France
I'm absolutly impressed by this video. Thanks. I think it's a good way to learn interesting things. BravO !Congratulation for you're award from the English speaking Union.

Fanjie, China
When I saw my favourite movie star at the international airport, I was totally going bananas! But my friend wasn't excited as me as she heard this news and said it's just a good luck for me, which is a case of sour grapes. If I would have a second bite of the cherry, I don't only want to saw the movie star at a glance but come up with him and claim a autograh!

Souhila Mekhoukh, Algeria
When I passed my driving test I went bananas. A colleague who failed her test said that the examiner was not fair! Although it's the case of sour grapes, I tried to lift her spirits & told her she could still have a second bite of the cherry.

Jussttin,Thailand
My mom didn't give me a second bite of the cherry when I forgot to bless her on her birthday last week. "if you forget my birthday, I will not let you use my car anymore" she said. I went bananas that I can use her car until her next birthday. My sister has felt it's just a case of sour grapes.

Gabriella, Korea
I bananas when I got fired. Employer said "ex-kitchenhands come back, so I don't need you any more." It drove me crazy. He suddenly had disapeared for 3 weeks and came back. I didn't have a case of sour grapes. I just felt it was not fair.

Phetsakhone,Lao PDR
This is a very good story and very intresting

Anson,Taiwan
When I heard that I have to join the army in a week, I go completely bananas. It's a case of sour grapes especially when I heard some people trying doing illegal stuff to escape the army service and it works. If there is a second bite of the cherry, probably would've given it a shot on "that".

Khalfan, Kenya
Once when I was in primary school, my teacher asked one misbehaving student "have you gone bananas?" Meaning have you gone crazy?

Murat, Turkey
I went bananas when I visited my best friend because he was not at his home. He gone to another country but don't say me anything.

Basil, Syria
The first time I saw you going bananas I thought you are crazy, but having a second bite of the cherry proved that you are really a very interesting and intelligent teacher, and I just like the way you teach, best regards.

Anna, Italy
I went to banana when I met him, but he was with his girlfriend and it was absolutely a case of sour grapes. I wish I had had a second bite of the cherry for going out with him again!!!!

Sultan, KSA
I have to show my class a broadcast and I thought it is a good idea to show them this fruity video clip so wish for me the good luck.Sorry if I have some English mistake or misunderstanding

Anahyata, India
I went bananas when I cleared my 10th board exams, although, I tasted some sour grapes when my best friend got better marks than me and everyone was appreciating her more than me, that time, I wanted a second bite of cherry, if I could than it would have been the joyful moment of my life. Thank you.

Ngoc Lam, Vietnam
When I had a good score at my examination,I went bananas and my friends are jealous with me. It's a case of sour grapes. ^_^

Hang, Vietnam
I have gone bananas when getting the highest marks in the final exams. A girl sitting next to me said that I simply had good luck. Yeah, that's a case of sour graces absolutely. Why don't she think of a second bite of the cherry for herself?

Carolina, Spain
I went bananas when my best friends started going out together and left me out.If I could have a second bite of the cherry, I would never choose them as my best friends.

Maria, Pakistan
Hi, I once lived among you people, now I am a soul & unfortunately residing in hell :(! You know, I went bananas when I saw my characterless class mate in heavens. He was such a big dogder,he ditched several girls.Hey! dont think it as the case of sour grapes.Yeah, I know its true that I also ditched two of my boy friends but they were also not very sincere to me, so I rightly did that to them. Oh God! I cant live in such a yuckiest place anymore, if I could get a second bite of the cherry, I would be a monk.

HungHung, Taiwan
I remember, a couple of weeks ago, I had free time, I went downtown of Taipeito to visit my friend. But I took wrong bus, so that made me go bananas, when I arrived there, I could not see my friend, I also felt very upset to take bus to go home.

Vladi L, Russia
“Y”, an alien from Mars, has a second go trying to reach Earth in his spacecraft so he can sample some German wurst-sausage. The mission is a success and he returns home triumphant. His cave-mate “Z” meets him at the airport, green with jealousy. “Y”: - Hey-hey! That was MY second bite of the cherry! Did you see that, “X”? Wasn’t it grand? Why no smile, “Xie”? I thought you’d go bananas. What is the matter?… Oh, I get it, it’s a case of sour grapes, right?“X”: - Cherries, bananas, grapes… Whatever happened to the German sausage?

Dileep, India
To call a spade a spade,with a bee in my bonnet,I go bananas when listen to French. Faced with the difficulty, I say the grapes are sour. Hence I wont have a second bite of the cherry.

Kemi, Nigeria
I went bananas when my sister lost her job. I felt it would be difficult getting another job. Really it was a case of sour grapes.Am happy she's got a better offer.

Naheed, Pakistan
A long time ago, when I was in college, it was a girls' college. Along with some fellow girls we had made our cricket team. Once we had a match and our team needed 2 runs to win, it was the last ball and I hit the winning six. I had gone completely bananas that moment.

Jane, China
I went bananas when I heard that my laziest classmate got an offer from a good university. -- Well, it's ok, good university doesn't guarantee a bright future -- No!!! I had a case of sour grapes obviously!!! If I could had a second bite of the cherry I believe I could do it better.

Spandhana, India.
My brother went bananas on listening to my song. I had failed my exam but am going to take a second bite of the cherry and I know I will clear this time. If not then it is a case of sour grapes.

Yaping, Taiwan
When I knew my classmate who got a good score at examination, I went bananas at her. But I also felt a case of sour grapes because I didn't get a good score. I hope my teacher will give me a second bite of the cherry.

Diva, S. Korea
I've joined a family reunion in my hometown. A sister of mine told us that her husband had bought a very expensive car on her birthday.It's just a case of sour grapes.

Marty, Italy
This morning I was reall going bananas because my hot-water-heat was dropping, so I called the plumber but it's not the first time...I was very angry but maybe he could do with a second bite of the cherry, am I too kind?

Thieu, Vietnam
this lessons in this website that help me so much in studing English, particulaly in studing some lessons in Food anb Beverage. I hope that will to have more the lessons about Food and Beberage for me to learning English. Like me to learning english throught internet, I can study in my free time. Thank for sir and Mrs so much.

Alaa, Saudi Arabia
My best friend earns a lot of money in stock market but he doesnt want to tell me because he think it is a case of sour grapes. I didn't get a good grade in the toefl and that made me go bananas, but I do think to have a second bite of the cherry.

Duong, Vietnam
I have a friend in my English class. She is very good at English and always get high marks. Although I try to study hard, I don't study English as well as she does. That's not my fault. She studies better than me because She learnt English when she was a child. It's a case of sour grapes.

Alex Wang, Canada
I go bananas when there's new insight into something.

Ana Paula, Brazil
I've gone bananas at my sister when she's broken one of my favourite mugs. Now my mug collection has an empty place. Aaargh!

Sabrina, China
Sometimes people behave very interestingly. When I've won the champion of annual campus singing championship, I've been going totally bananas. Meanwhile, the runner-up told me she didn't care about the result of the competition at all just for fun. But the truth was she even appealed for the second bite of the cherry to the judges secretly. It's unbelievable. So, I thought what she said to me was just a case of sour grapes. She was pretending to be aloof. What a funny thing. ----------------------------------And thank you again, dear teacher. What an joy to watch your program.

Ali Kubba, UK
When my neighbours who are parents lost their unique young son, they were going bananas, but fortunately, after a while, I found him near their house. At that moment, he was eating a banana.

Ranie,Canada
Dear Teacher,I really enjoyed your fruits idioms. By the way you dont need a second bite of the cherry because you are a very intelligent,clever and smart guy.

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