School and education – English idioms and sayings

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To give advice to someone about a subject that they already know more about than you
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to teach your grandmother to suck eggs
Don't tell me how to bake, I've baked for 30 years, don't teach grandmother to suck eggs.
To be the favourite pupil of the teacher.
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to be teacher's pet
My sister is a teacher's pet, she always gets the best marks.
The older you are the more set in your ways you become.
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You cannot teach an old dog new tricks
I tried to teach my grandfather sending e-mails, but you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
To learn something in such a way that you can say it from memory.
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to learn something by heart
I have to learn this poem by heart for my Polish classes.
Said when you hear or discover something which is surprising:
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You live and learn.
So he is a headhunter, I never knew. You live and learn.
A student who is ridiculed for studying excessively.
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Everybody call me a swot, but I will have the last laugh when I get the Nobel prize.
To learn how to do a job.
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to learn the ropes
Before you start you have to learn the ropes.
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