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Infographic: Reading Around the World – What Your Country Says About Your Reading Habits

Infographic: Reading Around the World – What Your Country Says About Your Reading Habits | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it
Earlier this week Scribd released a new infographic, “Reading Around the World,” based on some of their most recent international reader data.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 4, 6:01 PM

There is a puzzling statistic - Malaysians are among the fastest readers in the world?  I wonder how many Malaysians are on Scribd when even getting them to read books at all is a challenge. 

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English Idioms: Love - Colleges Blog

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Being in love is an incredible feeling and something worth talking about! The English language has many love idioms. These idioms often show the positive and negative sides of being in love. After all, sometimes love hurts!


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English Idioms: Love - Colleges Blog

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Being in love is an incredible feeling and something worth talking about! The English language has many love idioms. These idioms often show the positive and negative sides of being in love. After all, sometimes love hurts!


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10 Idioms In English Using Nationalities and Countries

10 Idioms In English Using Nationalities and Countries | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it
It's time for another list of idioms. This time I thought I'd introduce you to some very common idioms we use connected to nationalities and countries. I want to thank Claudine, a fellow teacher fo...

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Idiom: A tough nut to crack

Idiom: A tough nut to crack. Meaning- a problem that is difficult to solve or a person who is very difficult to deal with. Example: A: Have you convinced your father to buy you a new car? B: Not yet. He said my grades are not ...

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Grammar Gamble - the English grammar game

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Play Grammar Gamble, the English grammar test, and beat the scores of your friends.
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to the letter

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to the letter {adv. phr.}
With nothing done wrong or left undone; exactly; precisely.
He carried out his orders to the letter.
When writing a test you should follow the instructions to the letter.
Compare: TO A T.

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A list of body parts idioms from A to Z with meanings

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List of human body parts idioms from A to Z. What each one means and how to use in a sentence.

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Learning Basic English's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:57 PM

List of human body parts idioms from A to Z. What each one means and how to use in a sentence

Jennifer Shackles's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:43 AM

This site has a large list of idioms by different topics.

 

Global 21 Idiomas's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:41 AM

Idioms are at the heart of a language. Here you have a list of idiomatic expressions using body parts.

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Learning English - The Teacher - Sport idioms: Athletics

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In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with the sport of athletics: A false start; To jump the gun; The front runner. The Teacher.

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10 Idioms That Have a Summer Theme

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The school holidays have just started here in the UK. Within the next few days, thousands of British families will be heading off on their summer holidays. When most people think of summer the foll...

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In a nutshell, cutting the mustard by the skin of your teeth: popular idioms explained

In a nutshell, cutting the mustard by the skin of your teeth: popular idioms explained | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it

Why do good things 'cut the mustard'?


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Body idioms

Breathe down somebody’s neck = When somebody breathes down your neck, they stay too close to you watching everything that you do. This, of course, is very annoying.
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(EN) - English idioms, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings with their meaning | Learn English Today

(EN) - English idioms, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings with their meaning | Learn English Today | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it

Hundreds of free English idioms, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings, in alphabetical order and by theme, with their meaning and an example. 

 

Idioms are words, phrases or expressions which are commonly used in everyday conversation by native speakers of English. They are often metaphorical and make the language more colourful.


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Hundreds of free English idioms, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings, in alphabetical order and by theme, with their meaning and an example.

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Approaches to the Common Core: Idioms are Speed Bumps

Some people refer to paraphrasing as “literal comprehension,” meaning, “You can tell what is literally going on or being said.” And to some extent, that’s accurate. But there’s more to it. In any given sentence, FIGURATIVE things are also happening or being expressed, too.

On the road to comprehension, idioms are speed bumps. When we talk about reading comprehension gaps (to toss in another metaphor), I believe idioms are THE MISSING LINK. No matter how you slice them (See? I can’t help myself!), idioms are essential to lucid comprehension.


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