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175 Common American English Idioms by [Doan, Madeleine]
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175 Common American English Idioms is a book that teaches essential and foundational idioms used in the USA. It is designed to be an easy-to-use guide especially for ESL students. With a unique Sorted-By-Meaning format, you can now look up idioms via their meanings rather than being limited to searching for them in alphabetical order. It also comes with guides to teach how and when to use the idioms; do you use them in informal, semi-formal or formal speech? What is informal, semi-formal or formal speech anyway? This book will help you with that. Packed with information, every idiom comes in its infinitive form; with at least 1 real-life subject pronoun example sentence. Created by a native American English speaker, you can now learn to speak English like an American and learn the idioms that American English speakers expect you to know. Also includes a brief overview of some of the most common Internet abbreviations. Enjoy!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 332 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (July 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L85K2ZO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,788 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "How can I watch my head? My eyes are in it!" June 30 2014
By Whistlers Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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Years ago I tutored a boy from a family of Cambodian immigrants and I became aware of how difficult it is for foreigners to learn "American English" because we use so many idioms. I even (in pre-computer days!) made a notebook for him of "idiotic idioms." He enjoyed it and his English did become more idiomatic and fluid. He also had less trouble understanding directions.

This short book is aimed at adults who are not native English speakers and who want to increase their knowledge of common idioms. It contains two directories so that the reader can find the meaning of an idiom which he has heard or read and is not familiar with OR look up the appropriate idiom to use in a particular situation.

It's not perfect. Occasionally the English is a bit stilted. I found two expressions which I think are not used correctly. However, most of it's very readable and the sample sentences do convey the meaning of the idiom in an easy-to-understand way. Most of the idioms are ones that are in current use and which a newcomer would be likely to encounter either in conversations or written material. I should think this book would be of great help to an ESL teacher or to someone struggling to improve his English skills.
Good Job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Get your head out of the sand" (idiom) and get this book! : ) April 9 2015
By DoodL~Love - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoy reading things that might seem so strange to people from other countries who have little knowledge of our language. Our expressions are really rather odd, and put to pictures could be quite amusing!
I've got a monkey on my back .... He's not playing with a full deck, it's raining cats and dogs.
If you need to be more familiar with idioms for any reason -- whether it's understanding their meaning, using them for more illustrative writing, whatever . . . This is a great book!
Highly recommend!
4.0 out of 5 stars A Penny For Your Thoughts Aug. 20 2016
By Alice Ceballos - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book to use with my children, but think it is more aimed towards adults. It was however very useful in teaching my children in our homeschool. I really didn't realize how many idioms we use in the English language everyday. In fact until I started homeschooling I didn't even know what that term meant. This book was very informative and eye opening and I really enjoyed it.
3.0 out of 5 stars it would be nice if there were more idioms in it May 12 2015
By Vanja MM - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm familiar with most of the idioms already, but the book is a helpful guide if I forget about an option sometimes when I write.
It's well structured and the idioms neatly sorted. But I missed more idioms.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help! April 14 2017
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Since English is my second language, this book by Madeleine Doan has helped me a lot, I can recommend it to everyone :-)