Resources: Notes on Life and Language in the United States

English Idioms and the Weather | 7 Phrases to Use in Conversation

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, May 09, 2011 @ 08:35 AM

Why do we use so many English idioms that are related to the weather in the United States? In an earlier blog post about English conversation practice, we learned how to make small talk and we said that the weather is one of the most common topics for making small talk in English with American people. We love to talk about the weather here in the United States! So, naturally, we have a lot of idioms that are related to the weather. Why are English idioms important for you, as an English student? In your home country, you probably focused on grammar and vocabulary but those are only a few of the tools that you will need to speak with local people in the United States. It is important to understand and know how to use idioms and common expressions. They are fun to learn as well! So, today we will learn a few new idioms that you can use in your everyday conversations in English.

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Topics: English Lessons, Vocabulary Workshop, English Idioms

English Phrases: Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Rain

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Sat, May 07, 2011 @ 09:50 AM

Have you ever tried climbing a mountain in the rain? While I was working as an English tutor in Japan, I climbed Mt. Fuji on a rainy day in July with two other teachers. Today I want to share my Mt. Fuji story. The story contains English phrases, phrasal verbs and expressions that are commonly used in the United States. Your job is to choose the correct English phrases to complete the story. Good luck!

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Topics: Phrasal Verbs, English Lessons, Vocabulary Workshop, English Idioms

Idioms in English: Food Expressions

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, May 04, 2011 @ 08:42 AM

Today we are going to talk about idioms in English.

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Topics: English Lessons, Video Lessons, English Idioms

ESL for Business | English Idioms and Expressions at the Office

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 @ 01:56 PM

Are you learning ESL for business?

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Topics: English Idioms, Business English Vocabulary

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