¿Cuáles expresiones idiomáticas conoces en tu idioma para hablar de la naturaleza? Hoy hablaremos sobre una frase en inglés que usa la palabra “forest” (bosque). Sin embargo, esta expresión idiomática en inglés no describe un fenómeno natural. Se refiere a un problema en la percepción de una persona. ¿Curioso? Conoce debajo más sobre este “idiom” en inglés.

Do you know someone who is so obsessed with details that they lose sight of the larger situation? We call all focus too much on the minutiae of a problem, and forget to focus on “the big picture.” We may not be able to produce a successful project, report, or dissertation if we only look at the details.

If you know someone like this, you can say that they “can’t see the forest for the trees.” A forest is made of many types of trees, but the trees form the more general ecosystem of the forest. In this situation, the trees represent the small details, and the forest represents the larger context of the situation.

What do you think would happen if someone could never see the forest for the trees? Do you think that some people with this personality trait or habit might be more comfortable in certain professions than in others? What do you think is the difference between someone who is “detail-oriented” and someone who can’t see the forest for the trees?

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Can you use this idiom in conversation now? Read this dialogue and take the quiz below to find out.


Rachel: I’m having so much trouble finishing this project!

Shawn: Maybe I can help. Tell me what’s happening.

Rachel: Well, I want all of the words to be different colors, and I want each chart to be absolutely perfect.

Shawn: I see. I think you can’t see the forest for the trees. Take a break and then focus on the content of the project, not the tiny details.

Rachel: That’s great advice, Shawn. Thanks!