Let's face it, English is confusing, perhaps one of the most confusing languages in the world.
Anyone who has experienced learning English as a second language knows the many challenges that conversational English presents. Just when you think that you have learned nearly perfect English you find that conversational English is about as far from perfect as it gets.
There are numerous idioms, expressions, slang terms and catchphrases that pop up in everyday conversation that can be confusing to anyone who didn't grow up "Speaking American". When we factor in that there are both regional and generational variations and that the tone and body language that accompany these sayings can completely change what they mean sometimes it seems like the most difficult task in the world to determine what people are actually trying to say.
While there are plenty of ESL books out there, this book is meant to serve as both a handy reference for many idioms in use today and a learning tool to help the listener learn and understand these common expressions that are anything but common. Take a journey through the twists and turns of the English language as we seek to clear things up a bit with this book.
This book lists many of the common expressions you will encounter when speaking with native English speakers in alphabetical format, defines them, and offers real world examples to provide some context to the meaning.
Sp, let's explore the interesting, often misunderstood and sometimes completely nonsensical world of idioms, expressions and common sayings of the English language.
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Yes, I believe the audio is better than reading. It was good to hear the inflection in the narrator's voice. This really gives the listener assistance in understanding how we American's use these idioms and sayings.
I am not familiar with a book similar to this. The only thing I would think would be similar would be "Googling" the sayings.
No, I have not listened to any other performances from Mike Norgaard. His narration was spot on for this type of audiobook. Very clear and easy to understand.
Yes, this book less than 50 pages and a 53-minute audiobook. I was prepared to listen in one sitting.
While I am an American and use most of these idioms and sayings on a regular basis, not everyone in the world knows what a "snore-fest" is. I can only imagine what sayings like that bring to the mind of someone that is not familiar with our usage of sayings such as this. Michael N. Jacobs includes older sayings and new sayings. He explains what it means to "Google" something. He references Pokemon Go in an example and he explains LOL. When explaining fat chance and how slim chance mean the same thing yet fat and slim are opposites, this really made me think. I actually stopped the audio and shared this with those around me. We were all "scratching our heads." Narrator Mike Norgaardis perfect for this type of audiobook. He has that knowledge sharing/academic voice. If you know of someone who could benefit from learning about our American idioms and saying, this is a great reference and beings it is less than an hour in length it is not overwhelming.