This new edition has hundreds of new idioms and examples.

Native speakers tend to use a lot of slang expressions that I’ve never heard before. Learning vocabulary is essential.
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Learn idioms in context and know how and when to use them. More than 100 of the most frequently used idioms in English today. Hundreds of new idioms and examples. It also has more notes to help with difficult vocabulary, study pages, exercises and pictures to aid learning and add interest.

Learners recognise that learning vocabulary is essential.

Here you can find information, articles, and lessons and ideas to support your language learning.

Course summary:

Learn what’s involved in speaking fluently in English and discover new techniques.
Discover new ways to practise and assess vocabulary and pronunciation to help you use language communicatively.

Suitable for:
This course is ideal if
You are a non-native English speaker and you want to use English more accurately and effectively.

You are a native English speaker and you want to adjust the language you use to be more useful.

You are finding pronunciation difficult.
You want to increase your vocabulary.
You find idioms challenging or confusing.
You want to make idioms more enjoyable to learn.
This course is about learning idioms.

You should already have
B2 level English or higher.
This course is appropriate for any level of experience.

Awards:
Certificate of Completion
Your certificate is awarded at the end of the course.

Aims:
Words really are the driving force of language. They're the most important building blocks in how we express what we want to say. Pronunciation is how we say it, and this is important too: This course will help you understand what it means to know a idiom, and equip you with the key terms, techniques and methods for you to use idioms effectively in speech.

When asked what they want to improve, many learners say they want to speak English better, or speak more fluently.. This course explores how we can help them do this and includes a range of activities that focus on speech and fluency specifically.

You need to use English appropriately and confidently. This includes both having a strong grasp of the way the language works, and also using the right language at the right time. This course explains the kinds of language you should use.

Together this ensures you use English in the best way.
Finally you’ll learn how to apply this knowledge.
Most of all, you’ll see how idiom lessons can be fun and motivating as well as useful.

The course first explores what it means to be good at these skills.

By taking this course, you’ll learn

How to learn vocabulary skills more confidently.

The best ways to use English.

Methods:

Online Self-Study

Read and complete exercises, from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Video, text and interactive activities to reinforce understanding.

Discussion forums on the course.

End-of-course quiz provides feedback and suggests areas for revision.

Course duration:

1 - 2 hours of study

This is an estimate. How long the course takes will depend on the amount of time you spend on the course activities, posting to the forums, etc.

Lifetime access

This is how long you’ll have access to the course once you enrol.

Units:

Some interesting idiom meanings Unit (1-11)

Idiom = a group of words whose meaning is different from the meanings of the individual words (‘Let the cat out of the bag’ is an idiom meaning to tell a secret by mistake.)

Idiomatic = containing expressions that are natural to a native speaker of a language (She speaks fluent and idiomatic English.)

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  • Before you start the course, it is important that you read the information and watch the videos on this page. This will help you to get the most out of your course. Congratulations on choosing the 'This new edition has hundreds of new idioms and examples.' course that sets achievable goals and builds confidence.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you should be able to use English idioms more confidently, understand the form, meaning and use of a variety of idioms and reflect upon your awareness of language.
  • By the end of this course you will: understand what it means to ‘know a idiom’ have considered how much vocabulary information different learners require.
  • It encourages you to use English language independently, with real confidence, and motivates you to think broadly.
  • Earn your certificate by completing your course. All courses lead to a certificate.
  • Collect your certificates and keep track of your development activity. It’s an impressive record to show your manager, or potential employer.
  • I hope you enjoyed the course. Please take five minutes to help me improve the course by giving me your feedback.

What is the target audience?

  • The more able students should manage these exercises easily.
  • AND requires little preparation.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: The purpose of this course is to improve your knowledge of English idioms.
01:55

Key features
Contains a wide range of idioms, from expressions used in the United Kingdom and newspapers to very up-to-date informal English and slang expressions.

Covers idioms from British and American English and other English-speaking countries.

Boost your vocabulary with a simple system of links to help you find what you want quickly and easily.

New study pages explore common themes and uses to help you develop a deeper understanding of English idioms.

Pronunciation is given for all key words and stress for all idioms.

04:57

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 1 you will:
know how to use the idioms below

1. sink or swim
2. everything but the kitchen sink
3. for what it's worth
4. kiss it better
5. worth your while
6. more than my job's worth
7. worth his weight in gold
8. for a song

05:03

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 2 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. pick a lock
2. lock, stock and barrel
3. under lock and key
4. give / send my love to somebody
5. (just) for the love of something
6. head over heels in love
7. a labour of love
8. love from, lots of love (from)
9. make love (to somebody)
10. not for love or / nor money

04:49

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 3 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. there’s little / no love lost between A and B
2. good grief!
3. by the book
4. be in somebody’s good / bad books
5. bring somebody to book (for something)
6. every trick in the book
7. close the book on something
8. cook the books
9. in my book
10. on the house

04:56

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 4 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. throw the book at somebody
2. (be) on somebody’s books
3. to change, alter, etc. beyond / out of (all) recognition
4. a clean break
5. do the maths
6.give somebody a break
7. not a dry eye in the house

04:55

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 5 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. make a break for something / for it
2. no sweat
3. set up house
4. break sweat / break a sweat
5. blood, sweat and tears
6. slog / sweat / work your guts out
7. something drops / falls into somebody’s lap
8. sweat blood
9. in the lap of luxury

05:31

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 6 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. drop / dump something in somebody’s lap
2. honest!
3. honest to God / goodness
4. give somebody a shout
5. cry over spilt milk / cry over spilled milk
6. get your teeth into something
7. by the skin of your teeth
8. give your eye teeth for something / to do something
9. grit your teeth
10. for crying out loud

05:04

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 7 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. fight tooth and nail
2. lie through your teeth
3. grit your teeth
4. set somebody’s teeth on edge
5. (be) on the ball
6. be a (good) sport
7. drop the ball
8. the ball is in your / somebody's court
9. carry the ball

04:59

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 8 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. play ball (with somebody)
2. in your own sweet time / way
3. keep somebody sweet
4. short and sweet
5. draw breath / draw a breath
6. a breath of (fresh) air
7. hold your breath (1)
8. held her breath
9. hold your breath (2)

05:25

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 9 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. take somebody’s breath away
2. out of breath
3. save your breath
4. with bated breath
5. (be) on tenterhooks
6. your (own) flesh and blood
7. give somebody a buzz
8. not see hide nor hair of somebody / something
9. like getting blood out of / from a stone
10. make somebody’s blood boil

05:09

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 10 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


new / fresh blood
an acquired taste
be in bad, poor, the worst possible, etc. taste
let your hair down
tear your hair (out)
not turn a hair
eat somebody alive (1)
eat somebody alive (2)
a taste / dose of your own medicine
there’s no accounting for taste

05:12

Watch the video to find out more about this unit.
By the end of Unit 11 you will:
know how to use the idioms below


1. (a case of) dog eat dog
2. eat like a horse
3. eat your heart out!
4. eat out of your / somebody’s hand
5. I’ll eat my hat
6. eat somebody out of house and home
7. an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)
8. a song and dance

Section 2: Vocabulary tests.
01:44
All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.
01:44
All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.
01:44
All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.
01:44
All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.
01:44
All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.
01:44
All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.
01:44
All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.
01:44

All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.

01:44
All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.
01:44

All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.

01:44

All the idioms in this vocabulary test are in ‘Some interesting idiom meanings’.. These are the important idioms you need to know.

Section 3: [Downloadable materials] Glossary PDF December 2015
9 pages

The words in this glossary are alphabetically arranged.

Candidates should, therefore, ensure that they are familiar with all the terms in the glossary.

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Instructor Biography

Gary Richards, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, and IELTS to get into university.

The author has extensive experience in teaching English.
I am part of a team involved in teaching adults, especially white-collar employees, using my knowledge of PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, and IELTS.

An experienced and confident university teacher.
A first-class communicator and motivator with excellent interpersonal skills looking forward to transferring these abilities.

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