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Thread poster: RHELLER
RHELLER
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May 5, 2005

http://www.lovetolearnplace.com/Curriculum/Literary/ClichesandIdioms.html#anchor359715

http://www.teachersdesk.com/lessons/esl/idioms/idioms2.htm

I hope I'm not being too repetitive


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paolamonaco  Identity Verified
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thank you very much Rita May 5, 2005

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Cristina Mazzucchelli  Identity Verified
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thank you! May 6, 2005

Thank you very much, Rita!
I'll add this to my favourites!

Have a nice week end

Cristina


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Valeria Verona  Identity Verified
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Nice! May 6, 2005

Very interesting. Thanks!

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Got a source of public domain English proverbs/idioms? May 9, 2005

I have found that answers.com has a neat collection of idioms and proverbs in English. However, I'm looking for a public domain list of such material. I'd like to create an online English-Afrikaans list of idioms, but I can't use a list which is copyrighted or of which the copyright excludes the type of thing I'm doing. Got any ideas? Thanks!

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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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Ask for permission May 13, 2005

Samuel Murray wrote:


I have found that answers.com has a neat collection of idioms and proverbs in English. However, I'm looking for a public domain list of such material. I'd like to create an online English-Afrikaans list of idioms, but I can't use a list which is copyrighted or of which the copyright excludes the type of thing I'm doing. Got any ideas? Thanks!


The obvious thing would be to ask the copyright holder for permission to do whatever you want to do with his copyrighted material.

But of course this would have occurred to you already.


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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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Thanks Rita May 13, 2005

That is awfully kind of you. Now you have made it all the more easy for me to snatch a few kudoz points from you!

You shouldn't have revealed your trade secrets!

Thanks again.


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RHELLER
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Communication is the secret :-) May 13, 2005

Hello to Paoletta, Cristina, Valeria, Samuel, and Balasubramaniam!

That's what I like about proz - I get to speak to people in 4 continents all at once

I am not worried about "trade secrets"...we need to explain these "hard-to-understand" expressions if we want to be understood, right?

I only know a few languages and that does not include, unfortunately, Afrikaans or Hindi.

As long as someone out there is still listening, I will continue to post these as I find them. I admit that I don't know all of them either. I was born in the U.S. but my parents are immigrants. That probably motivated me to figure out these strange expressions. I certainly did not learn them at home.

P.S. to Balasubramaniam:
if you do a forum search, you will find several other links to idioms, as well


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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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The world is one after all May 14, 2005

Many of the proverbs and idioms have close parallels in all languages (I could spot quite a few for my language Hindi), which proves that human expression despite all the external disparites of language and culture is in essence one.

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