SMART IDOIMS AND HOW TO USE THEM includes the most vivid and authentic English idioms with fun and high-impact exercises specifically designed for ESL students in intermediate level. It is a thorough, user-friendly resource designed to encourage learning and knowledge retention for classroom and self-study use.
SMART IDIOMS AND HOW TO USE THEM是一本用成語、俚語學英文的中階教材，內容豐富、練習紮實。本書利用各式各樣的道地片語，讓學生練習一般課堂上學習不到的表達方式，也能同時熟悉美、加文化中的各種情境。每單元的練習豐富多變，在不同語境中重複應用所學，讓ESL學生熟能生巧，對於英語的掌握更上一層樓。
MARLENE PAGLIA has been teaching English as a Second Language to students from around the world for three decades. She has a degree in psychology and is an accredited TESL teacher. Marlene currently lives in Woodbridge, Ontario with her husband and his football obsession.
01 Animal Idioms
DIALOGUE: Understanding Idioms Through Reading
Practice reading the dialogue in pairs or on your own.
FRANK: I’m a dead duck!
TONY: Why do you say that, Frank?
FRANK: I haven’t been able to quit smoking. I told my wife I would quit by the end of the year, and that’s next week!
TONY: Maybe she forgot!
FRANK: I don’t think so, Tony. My wife has the memory of an elephant.
TONY: Why don’t you try quitting cold turkey?
FRANK: If I do that, I’ll start eating like a horse.
TONY: A little bird told me about a patch you can wear on your arm. It will take the craving away. And besides, you’re the top dog at the garage. I’m sure you can enforce a non-smoking rule to help you quit.
FRANK: My position at the shop isn’t that important. I’m the best grease monkey and I make good money, but...
TONY: You’re right. You do make good money, not chickenfeed. And the boss listens to you.
FRANK: I agree. He does listen to me and he knows I work hard, but others don’t work hard and he allows it.
TONY: I know! Doesn’t that get your goat?
FRANK: It does...and just yesterday I searched everywhere for my tools, but I couldn’t find them. Do you think someone took them?
TONY: You went on a wild goose chase? I smell a rat! Did you ask Tom for your tools?
FRANK: No, he’s kind of a lone wolf and I don’t trust him to give me an honest answer. He’ll just give me some cock and bull story like the time he broke my snowmobile.
TONY: Are you going to speak to Tom?
FRANK: No. I’m quite sure he took them, but you can’t change a leopard’s spots, so I’m not going to waste my time.
TONY: Are you going to speak to the boss about Tom?
FRANK: No, I don’t think so.
TONY: Well, Frank, the boss knows you’re an eager beaver, so at the very least I’m sure you can get him to put up a non-smoking sign.
Description of Exercises and Levels of Difficulty
Idiom Usage Guide
1. Animal Idioms
2. Anger Idioms
3. Birthday Idioms
4. Body Idioms
5. Clothing Idioms
6. Color Idioms
7. Fear Idioms
8. Feelings Idioms
9. Food Idioms
10. Gratitude Idioms
11. Holiday Idioms
12. Love Idioms
13. Money Idioms
14. Music Idioms
15. Number Idioms
16. Royalty Idioms
17. School Idioms
18. Shopping Idioms
19. Sport Idioms
20. Weather Idioms
21. Work Idioms