Learn English idioms | Don't judge a book by its cover

English idioms are colourful expressions we use that have a special meaning. What does it mean in English when you say don't judge a book by its cover? Do you have a similar expression in your language? Watch this video lesson and find out more about English idioms...

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

This is a very common idiom that I think exists in other languages. It's quite an easy one to understand. What does it mean? Basically, don't look at the front of a book and then imagine what the book is about. To really know what the book is about, the subject of the book, the content of the book, what do you need to do? You need to read the book! Or at least turn the book over, look on the back and read what we call the blurb, which is the explanation of the book, the content of the book.

So why do we use this as an idiom? Well sometimes we look at people and we judge them. We look at them, we look at their face, we look at their body, we look at their clothes and we try to imagine that person's personality. We think we know that person just by looking at them and very often we can be wrong, so the expression is don’t judge a book by its cover. When you meet someone try to get to know them. You might not like the way they look but when you talk to them you might think "they're pretty cool. I quite like this person. I would like to get to know this person better". So, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Maybe you have this expression in your language as well or maybe you have something similar.

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