In the Know - Understanding and Using Idioms


Author: Cindy Leaney
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
A superbly-organized book! Idioms are presented around key topics (risks and opportunities, relationships, feelings, etc), one topic per unit. Each unit is broken down into three sub-units: focus on meaning, focus on form and focus on use. The appropriateness of each idiom in various social situations is systematically dealt with at the end of each lesson and students are encouraged to make cross-linguistic comparisons (ex: Is there a common phrase that means something like xxxxx in your language?). In short, a serious book written by a competent professional who "knows her stuff"

In the Know includes 40 four-page units that deal with idioms in contexts such as communicating, money, and relationships; idioms that describe concepts such as danger, honesty, and success; and idioms based on key words such as colors and parts of the body. Based on extensive research in the Cambridge International Corpus, the idioms taught in In the Know are ones students will see and hear in everyday English. Each unit presents idioms, usually in a short dialog or story; the practice pages that follow are divided into three sections - Focus on Meaning, Focus on Form, and Focus on Use - which provide dozens of different exercise types to help students master the phrases. An audio CD with recordings of the presentation section from each unit is in every book. A reference section with definitions and examples from the Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms gives students a resource for checking the idioms they've learned. An answer key is included.

'In the Know' is the last word on idioms as they are used today.

The included audio CD contains recordings of the presentation section of each unit.

Example Idioms
-you must be kidding
-lend an ear
-pig out
-cool down
-burst into tears
-hot and heavy
-have bags under your eyes
-blood is thicker than water
-learn the ropes
-break even
-split the difference
-salt of the earth
-in a tight spot
-hit it off
-drop-dead date
-travel light
-go figure
-behind the times
-under fire
-reinvent the wheel
-as clear as mud
-throw in the towel
-make a mental note

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