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.
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.
This lecture covers the first set of idioms.
This lecture covers the second set of idioms, and includes a mind map.
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.
This contains the third set of idioms, and concludes the "A" idioms.
Here we begin the "B" idioms.
This lecture contains the second set of the "B" idioms.
This lecture covers the next set of "B" idioms.
This lecture continues the "B" idioms. You will become a "Big cheese" of Idiom knowledge when you complete this course.
We continue learning the "B" idioms, with some animal based selections.
The "B" idioms continue.
Another set of idioms that include references to two types of Black animals.
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.
Quiz from Ace to Across
Quiz from "Actions" to "Armed"
Quiz "As the crow flies" to "Ax to grind"
Quiz "Back to Square one" to "Bark up the wrong tree"
Quiz "Bats in the Belfry" to "Behind the 8 Ball"
Quiz "Below the Belt" to "Bet one's boots"
Quiz "Bet one's bottom dollar" to "Big Cheese"
Quiz "Big fish in a small pond" to "Bird's eye view"
Quiz "Bite off more than one can chew" to "Black out"
Quiz "Black sheep" to "Blow off steam"
Quiz "Blue" to "Blue Collar Worker"
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.