Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook

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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 ...

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Overview

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 Inglés Para Dummies (0-7645-5427-1).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764524776
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/24/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 379,981
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

PART I: Introduction.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Idioms.

PART II: Idioms for Everyday Activities and Occasions.

Chapter 2: Family Matters: Family, Home, and Life Stages.

Chapter 3: Caring for the Body: Eating, Sleeping, and Grooming.

Chapter 4: Health Matters: Good Health, Illness, and Addiction.

Chapter 5: Nose to the Grindstone: School and Work.

Chapter 6: Peanuts and Dough: Money.

Chapter 7: Taking It Easy: Entertainment, Leisure, and Travel.

Chapter 8: Love Makes the World Go ’Round: Romance.

Chapter 9: Common American Phrases and Slang Expressions.

PART III: Idioms for Expressing Emotion, Character, Success, and Failure.

Chapter 10: Emotions.

Chapter 11: Character Traits.

Chapter 12: Success, Failure, and Luck.

PART IV: Idioms by Key Words.

Chapter 13: Body Idioms.

Chapter 14: Color Idioms.

Chapter 15: Number Idioms.

Chapter 16: Negative Word Idioms.

Chapter 17: Question Word Idioms.

PART V: Phrasal Verbs.

Chapter 18: Using Phrasal Verbs.

Chapter 19: Two-Word Phrasal Verbs.

Chapter 20: Three-Word Phrasal Verbs.

Appendix I: Expressions with Do, Fix, Have, Make, and Take.

Appendix II: Differences between American Idioms and British Idioms.

Index.

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