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  • I am going to use the lesson today and have a question.Which idin-book would you recommend to use with the studetns at the university.I use something to crow about but not satisfied.

  • When I was at the Teacher’s Training College my teachers used to teach us very long lists of these kind of phrases. We had to lean them by heart (very boring, btw), Later I travelled to the USA so I wanted to put into practise all those beautiful phrases that I had learnt, since I wanted to sound more “native like”, But I happend to have the just the opposite effect: most of the people looked at me in an awkward way and they didn’t undestad what I said. (and I felt pretty embarrassed as well; lol)
    However idoms, are part of everyday speech and you’ll find lots of those on TV, films and books, therefore knowking them allow us to improve our profienciency in the Target Language. The best thing to do according to my experience is to learn them in context, as meanignful as possible, for instance, after a reading or film (where you’ll find plenty of those).

  • Interesting side-effect of studying idioms!

    Sure, idioms, as a group, are part of everyday speech, but it’s almost impossible to anticipate which individual idioms are going to come up. Knowing them will improve students’ proficiency, but there’s usually lots and lots of other more important vocabulary that will be much more useful.