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RHELLER
United States
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Mar 24, 2005

http://www.answers.com/library/Idioms-letter-

I think some of you may be interested in these idioms


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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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English idioms (thanks) & English Tough Stuff poem Mar 24, 2005

Thanks Rita,
this English idioms site looks like a valuable resource.

This reminds me of another resource I saw appear at least 10 years ago on the Linguist List.
After a few minutes of Internet digging, I couldn't find it directly in the Linguist Archives, but found another reference to it:

English is Tough Stuff
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This poem is properly titled "The Chaos", and appeared in Drop
Your Foreign Accent - Engelse Uitspraakoefeningen, by G. Nolst
Trenite (5th rev. ed., H. D. Tjeenk Willink & Zoon, 1929). It can be found at:

http://www.jokes2go.com/poems/7237.html?21

It's worth the reading, both for native English speakers as well as for non-native English speakers. After you get through reading through it, and laughing as you try to pronounce everything, then you have to go back and memorize how to pronounce all the words.

Jeff
http://www.geocities.com/jeffallenpubs/


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Equivalents Mar 24, 2005

Thanks a lot. Is there a website with their French/Spanish/German equivalents. Might come handy when interpreting.

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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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Idioms Mar 24, 2005

Thank you Rita - what a cool site!

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Antonio Lucidi
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thank you Rita Mar 24, 2005

Rita Heller wrote:

http://www.answers.com/library/Idioms-letter-

I think some of you may be interested in these idioms










very useful indeed
thank you once again!


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Dan Schioenning Larsen
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Thanks Mar 24, 2005

Thank you Rita for the idioms link.

And to Jeff.. that is evil.


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xxxEdda Emery  Identity Verified
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Both Great Sites! Mar 24, 2005

Thanks Rita. I was relieved to find I knew the meaning of most of the idions (not that I went through everything), but interesting to see the origins of some of them.

Loved the Poem, Jeff! Have copied and pasted it to Word to get rid of the oodles of ads, so the friends I forward it to can read it in peace

Have a good Easter, everyone!


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Gloria Nobili
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Try this one Mar 24, 2005

http://home.t-online.de/home/toni.goeller/idiom_wm/index.htm

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RHELLER
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more complete listing! Mar 24, 2005

thanks ilibon for that site - it looks like a more complete list

In fact, both sites have some slang expressions that may not be appropriate for pre-teens (check before you hand it out to your students!)

and thanks Jeff - I will not show that to my friends who are trying so hard to learn English - they might throw their hands up
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throw up one's hands

Indicate or express utter hopelessness. For example, Jim was getting nowhere so he threw up his hands and abandoned the argument. This idiom alludes to a traditional gesture for giving up.!
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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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2 other links to the English Tough Stuff poem Mar 24, 2005

Edda Emery wrote:
Loved the Poem, Jeff! Have copied and pasted it to Word to get rid of the oodles of ads, so the friends I forward it to can read it in peace

Edda,
I found two other links to the same poem which don't display all the ads. Try:

http://www.frivolity.com/teatime/Songs_and_Poems/english_is_tough_stuff.html

OR

http://4umi.com/charivarius/chaos/

Jeff
http://www.geocities.com/jeffallenpubs/


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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
France
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use bite-size morsel approach with English Tough Stuff poem Mar 24, 2005

Rita Heller wrote:
and thanks Jeff - I will not show that to my friends who are trying so hard to learn English - they might throw their hands up

Rita,
The English is Tough Stuff poem is definitely something to show to language learners in bite-size morsels, couplet by couplet, rather than giving them an entire chocolate Easter bunny to eat in one sitting.

I have usually only given the whole text to folks whose English is good enough for them to have fun reading through it.

Jeff


[Edited at 2005-03-25 21:17]


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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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more evil than the poem itself would be... Mar 25, 2005

Dan Larsen wrote:
And to Jeff.. that is evil.


Real evil would be to challenge readers of this forum to write out the entire poem in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols.

Jeff



[Edited at 2005-03-25 21:16]


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xxxEdda Emery  Identity Verified
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Poem without ads Mar 28, 2005

Thanks Jeff for those sites. My eldest son is currently visiting an English tutor to help him with his writing skills in his final year of high school, and I've sent it to her too. She loved it!

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