Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook

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9780764524776: Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook

The most comprehensive reference for understanding and applying American idioms
The largest barrier to fluency in English is the ability to understand and use idiomatic language. Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook walks readers through learning and using American idioms, with complete explanations for over 1,000 idioms. Emphasizing acquisition, application, and understanding, this book offers all the information readers need to know about when, where, why, and how to use them. It includes a wealth of examples to provide users with context-and the thorough explanations help readers identify which idioms are appropriate for which situations. An extensive index allows easy, helpful access to individual idioms so that they can be found quickly.
Gail Brenner (Santa Cruz, CA) is an Intensive English Language Program course developer and instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Brenner has worked in the public schools, specialized language programs, private business, and the university-where she now teaches Advanced Grammar, TOEFL Preparation, and Pronunciation. She is the author of the upcoming Ingl?s Para Dummies (0-7645-5427-1).

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Packed with sayings and expressions you can use every day!

The real key to mastering any language, beyond having a good grasp of grammar and vocabulary, is knowing how to use idioms and idiomatic expressions. Now you can start speaking American English like a native–with the help of this complete guide to over 3,500 American idioms.

Much more than just a listing of terms and expressions, this practical, user-friendly resource provides clear explanations of each idiom, extensive notes on grammar and usage, and a wealth of examples so that you’ll know when, where, why, and how to use idioms effectively. The idioms are organized by common themes and concepts so that they are easy to find, and an extensive index offers fast access to exactly what you need when you’re at a loss for words.

From slang expressions (How’s it going?) and common sayings (Better safe than sorry) to verb phrases (take up with), nouns (tightwad, baby boomer), adjectives (bummed, above board), and more, the Handbook equips you with idioms for virtually every situation, including:

  • Home, school, and work
  • Health, eating, and sleeping
  • Sports, entertainment, and travel
  • Romance, money, and lifestyle
  • Thoughts and feelings
  • Behavior and personality

So why wait? Get up and running right now by putting a wealth of American idioms at your fingertips–with Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook.

About the Author:

Gail Brenner is an Intensive English Language Program course developer and instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has worked in the public schools, specialized language programs, private business, and a university's; where she now teaches Advanced Grammar, TOEFL Preparation, and Pronunciation. She is the author of Ingles Para Dummies.

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