The LanguageLab Library - Essential Idioms in English


Idiomatic expressions are accepted as a part of normal , everyday speech .Teachers of English as a foreign or second language have long recognized the importance of idioms as a means of adding grace and precision to speech and writing .Understanding idioms also greatly enhance listening comprehension .This book , Essential Idioms in English ,  is the first comprehensive text to attempt to teach idioms by means of extensive practice exercises .

Using idiomatic expressions fluently is never an easy task for students generally . Attempts to translate literally from the native tongue invariably lead to confusion and the student is often forced to resort to circumlocution. The student may learn grammar and , with time ,acquire an adequate vocabulary , but without a working knowledge of such idioms as inside out , to get along, to call for , to look up , to look over ,etc .even the best student’s speech will remain awkward and stilted.

To be sure, complete control of the idioms of any language requires years of study and practice . But this shouldn’t discourage the student. The alert teacher will make this study an integral part of the regular teaching of grammar and vocabulary .Of course , the idioms  in this book for study should have practical value and be well within the student’s grasp. Such as expressions as to carry coals to Newcastle or to wash one’s dirty laundry in public ,while very colorful , don’t help the student achieve the goal of gaining fluency.

For this reason , only basic idioms have been included in this book, hence the name of essential idiom of English took as a title for our book .Furthermore, it was decided not to burden the student with theorizing about the nature or origins of idioms . There is little attempt to define idioms here except to assume that an idiom is a phrase which has a meaning different from the meanings of its component parts. This explains why an idiom cannot be translated literally from one language to another without some change in its meaning or connotation.

Also for the purposes of this book ,two-word verbs are included in the general category of idioms . A two-word verb is a verb whose meaning is altered by the addition of particle .To look , for example ,maybe come to look up or to look over. When a two -word verb can be separated by a noun or pronoun , the symbol (S) is inserted in the definition .


This book contains thirty-nine lessons which vary in their content followed by two appendixes. This edition has several new additions to replace those idioms which, as all vocabulary does, have become outdated . It also includes a number of cartoons that help demonstrate the idioms graphically in order to maximize student understanding and to enliven a study that is at times tedious and difficult.  







Idiomatic expressions are accepted as a part of normal , everyday speech .Teachers of English as a foreign or second language have long recognized the importance of idioms as a means of adding grace and precision to speech and writing .Understanding idioms also greatly enhance listening comprehension .This book , Essential Idioms in English ,  is the first comprehensive text to attempt to teach idioms by means of extensive practice exercises .

Using idiomatic expressions fluently is never an easy task for students generally . Attempts to translate literally from the native tongue invariably lead to confusion and the student is often forced to resort to circumlocution. The student may learn grammar and , with time ,acquire an adequate vocabulary , but without a working knowledge of such idioms as inside out , to get along, to call for , to look up , to look over ,etc .even the best student’s speech will remain awkward and stilted.

To be sure, complete control of the idioms of any language requires years of study and practice . But this shouldn’t discourage the student. The alert teacher will make this study an integral part of the regular teaching of grammar and vocabulary .Of course , the idioms  in this book for study should have practical value and be well within the student’s grasp. Such as expressions as to carry coals to Newcastle or to wash one’s dirty laundry in public ,while very colorful , don’t help the student achieve the goal of gaining fluency.

For this reason , only basic idioms have been included in this book, hence the name of essential idiom of English took as a title for our book .Furthermore, it was decided not to burden the student with theorizing about the nature or origins of idioms . There is little attempt to define idioms here except to assume that an idiom is a phrase which has a meaning different from the meanings of its component parts. This explains why an idiom cannot be translated literally from one language to another without some change in its meaning or connotation.

Also for the purposes of this book ,two-word verbs are included in the general category of idioms . A two-word verb is a verb whose meaning is altered by the addition of particle .To look , for example ,maybe come to look up or to look over. When a two -word verb can be separated by a noun or pronoun , the symbol (S) is inserted in the definition .


This book contains thirty-nine lessons which vary in their content followed by two appendixes. This edition has several new additions to replace those idioms which, as all vocabulary does, have become outdated . It also includes a number of cartoons that help demonstrate the idioms graphically in order to maximize student understanding and to enliven a study that is at times tedious and difficult.  


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