Thin, delightful, and satisfying

Image of 101 American English Idioms: Understanding and Speaking English Like an American
Author: Mario Russo, Harry Collis
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (1987)
Binding: Paperback, 104 pages

American idioms can cause confusion and frustrate many English language learners. This thin, delightful collection 101 idioms uses humor, clear drawings, and witty captions to illustrate the real meanings of odd phrases. Many English teachers love the verbal and visual humor, and add it as a supplemental text for intermediate or advanced ESL students. The mocking tone, however, probably annoys the more prudish folks. Other adult educators might also feel that their precious class time is better spent on more practical life skills. I understand their reservations, but still strongly recommend it as a real treat. The author, Harry Collis, deserves great praise for creating a very entertaining, informative ESL book. This satisfying collection seems ideal for self-study, college students, and tutors. Do yourself a favor - read this book!

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