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Learn how to speak English fluently from real English dialogues. Learn naturally, just as you learned your native language. This program consists of 100 MP3s with accompanying PDF files so you can learn anywhere, anytime, you want.

Common English Idioms and their Meanings

Speak English just like an American by learning the sound patterns that native speakers use. Download this MP3 course to learn anywhere, anytime.

Idioms (idiomatic expressions) are often difficult for learners of English. Their meanings are usually very different from those of the individual words, and are often dependent on the cultures in which they were created.

The Idiom Buster presents a series of 20 common English idioms and their meanings and then tests your knowledge of them with a fun interactive quiz.

To improve your learning even more, try to make sentences showing the meaning of each idiom, eg: I didn't know Ted's party was supposed to be a surprise, so I let the cat the out of the bag.

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Run Idiom Buster with fixed sets of idioms: Set 1 | Set 2 | Set 3

Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts

Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts. Covers almost 2,000 common phrases and colloquial expressions used in contemporary American English. From greetings and good-byes to everyday small talk, each entry is presented in a realistic context. Special attention to the needs of non-native speakers includes usage restrictions and cautions as well as a phrase-finder index for on-the-spot reference. An essential dictionary for all students of English who want to know the most common expressions in American speech today.

Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book. Updated to reflect questions found on various recent ESL tests, this book presents 400 common phrasal verbs as they are used in everyday English. Phrasal verbs are verbs combined with prepositions or adverbs. Becoming familiar with phrasal verbs and understanding how they are commonly used as nouns (for example, breakup and show-off), or as adjectives (spaced-out, broken-down, stressed-out and many others) is essential to speaking and understanding modern English. Students preparing for the TOEFL or other ESL exams will find this book's many examples and exercises especially helpful.