Idioms: Your Bridge to Enhanced Understanding
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Idioms: Your Bridge to Enhanced Understanding

Learn how to pronounce key English idioms in order to become a more effective, professional communicator.
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Created by Michael Hallett
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Speak and write American English idioms with confidence in professional, academic and social settings.
  • The course provides idiom definition, pronunciation, use in sample sentences and quizzes in order to generate maximum learning in minimum time.
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  • Students require an intermediate level of English language competency. No additional software or hardware is required.

This course will provides you with pronunciation guidance, definitions and sample sentences of common English idioms. After completing this course, you will be able to confidently use these idioms in professional, academic and social settings and recognize them in novels and non-fiction texts.

The course uses mind maps as a innovative tool to make idiom memorization much easier, by linking similar idioms together in a ready made mental framework. 

The course iis structured in bite sized pieces - each video has a short introduction, slides with the definition and sample sentences of the idiom, and a short conclusion. Each lecture also contains a quiz so you can check your learning retention, and a final exam is provided in order to enable you to evaluate your overall learning.

You should take this course if you want to enhance your ability to understand and confidently use American English language idioms in order to communicate more effectively.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for students with an intermediate level of English, though students with a strong grasp of the basics may also find it useful. It is not for students just beginning their study of the English language.
Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
2 Lectures 11:55

Introduction and welcome to the course! Part 1 of the course introduction describes the course logic and gives you the information you need to extract the most value from this educational experience.

Preview 08:09

Part 2 of the course introduction. This provides additional information about me, and concludes the introduction. 

Preview 03:46
14 Lectures 01:01:38

This lecture covers the first set of idioms. 

Preview 03:49

This lecture covers the second set of idioms, and includes a mind map.

"Actions speak louder than words" to "Armed to the Teeth"

This lectures describes what you have accomplished already, and provides 6 additional mind maps for you to use to take notes for the remainder of the course. 

You've accomplished a lot already - you are ahead of the game!

This contains the third set of idioms, and concludes the "A" idioms. 

"As the crow flies" to "Ax to Grind"

Here we begin the "B" idioms. 

"Go back to square one" to "Bark up the wrong tree"

This lecture contains the second set of the "B" idioms. 

"Bats in the belfry" to "Behind the 8 Ball"

This lecture covers the next set of "B" idioms. 

"Below the Belt" to " Bet One's Boots"

This lecture continues the "B" idioms. You will become a "Big cheese" of Idiom knowledge when you complete this course. 

"Bet one's bottom dollar" to "Big Cheese"

We continue learning the "B" idioms, with some animal based selections.

"Big Fish in a Small Pond" to "Bird's Eye View"

The "B" idioms continue. 

"Bite off more than can chew" to "Black out"

Another set of idioms that include references to two types of Black animals. 

"Black sheep" to "Blow off steam"

A set of idioms all using the color Blue


Course conclusion. You did it! Congratulations.


A bonus lesson, to get you ready for the next course. 

2 Lectures 04:59

Quiz from Ace to Across

Lecture 3 Quiz
5 questions

Quiz from "Actions" to "Armed"

Lecture 4 Quiz
7 questions

Quiz "As the crow flies" to "Ax to grind"

Lecture 6 Quiz
6 questions

Quiz "Back to Square one" to "Bark up the wrong tree"

Lecture 7 Quiz
7 questions

Quiz "Bats in the Belfry" to "Behind the 8 Ball

Lecture 8 Quiz
7 questions

Quiz "Below the Belt" to "Bet one's boots"

Lecture 9 Quiz
5 questions

Quiz "Bet one's bottom dollar" to "Big Cheese"

Quiz Lecture 10
5 questions

Quiz "Big fish in a small pond" to "Bird's eye view"

Lecture 11 Quiz
3 questions

Quiz "Bite off more than one can chew" to "Black out"

Lecture 12 Quiz
7 questions

Quiz "Black sheep" to "Blow off steam"

Lecture 13 Quiz
6 questions

Quiz "Blue" to "Blue Collar Worker"

Lecture 14 Quiz
5 questions

Final Exam: Print out and complete.

Final Exam Answer Key
About the Instructor
Michael Hallett
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Writer, educator

I have a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and a collaborative Master’s in International Relations from the Munk Center for International Studies also at the University of Toronto. I also hold diplomas from the Naval War College and Joint Forces Staff Officer College. 

I’ve published four book chapters, a science fiction novel, and over 15 articles in various publications, ranging from renewable energy to military training. Please see my LinkedIn profile for a complete listing of publications.  
I have had the great privilege to live in Korea, Canada, Italy, and England for extended periods. I’ve worked in 35 countries around the world, and with my wife and sons I’ve visited 5 more. I’ve been involved in international training and education for over 10 years, in Asia, Europe, Africa and South and North America.

In my time living abroad and my travels I’ve been continuously amazed at the English language expertise of the people I’ve met, and always a little embarrassed that my command of other languages is so poor. I’ve studied languages, but have really only made significant progress in German, which I continue to study. 

It is a honor to support you, my colleagues, as we learn to communicate better together.