The Idiom Book
by Hal Niergarth
with Elizabeth Niergarth
The Idiom Book High-Intermediate to Advanced Young Adults and
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The Idiom Book
Recording artists Front to rear, Janie Duncan,
Anders Burrows and Amanda Gelter recording 1001 Idioms.
Idioms, the most difficult and entertaining element of the lively living
international language that is English today.
The two-page format of each lesson has four sections.
A short lively conversation sprinkled with ten idioms. The topics include
a variety of situations and people: college roommates, business associates,
husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, factory workers, family
members, office workers. The language is colloquial and authentic. The
tones of the conversations include neighborly chats, gossip, irreverence,
complaint, friendly and not so friendly advice. The conversations are
available on two CD's.
Pablo: Tomo, I wouldn't mind some exercise. Let's go bowling.
Tomo: Bowling is really not my thing, you know.
Pablo: That's OK, I'll show you the ropes.
Mike Jerald, Pro Lingua Associate and Shakespearean
actor at Helmet Studios in Walpole, NH recording 1001 Idioms.
The same ten idioms are repeated in the context of emails, journal
entries, memos, letters, and notes. The idiom is gapped.
From: Robert Gonzales firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Amanda Jones email@example.com
Subject: The Lake House
My Dear Amanda,
You know, I wouldn't _______ buying this
place .... schmoozing with the owners is not
really my ________, but I suppose you
could show me ________ ropes . . . . . . . .
A matching exercise in which the idioms are matched with a brief definition.
The contexts of the preceding two sections help establish the meaning
for the learner.
1) not one's thing ( )
2) wouldn't mind ( )
3) show someone the ropes ( )
4) go ahead ( )
(a) to proceed or continue
(b) to teach someone a task or activity
(c) not very good, skilled, or interested in
(d) would like being or doing something
The learners are now asked to use the idioms by rewriting sentences,
replacing words and phrases with the appropriate idiom.
1. I'd like a piece of that pie.
I wouldn't mind having a piece of that pie.
2. No thanks, I'm not very good at karaoke.
Karaoke is not my thing.
3. There's no problem using the mike - I'll teach you how to do it.
There's no problem using the mike. I'll show you the ropes.
4. I think the tiger has gone, but you go first; I'll follow you.
Answer Key free at ProLinguaAssociates.com