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Essential Idioms in English: Phrasal Verbs and Collocations 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131411760
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From catching a cold to landing on your feet, idiomatic expressions add color and style to the English language. The latest edition of Essential Idioms in English remains the resource of choice for mastering more than 500 common English idioms, phrasal verbs, and collocations.
Organized by level for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners, Essential Idioms in English thoroughly defines and illustrates each idiom, then reinforces its meaning and usage with multiple-choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and matching exercises.
New features include:

  • Three new sections on collocations to illustrate the frequency of certain usages.
  • An expanded Appendix of Equivalent Idioms that adds Portuguese to the French and Spanish translations of previous editions.
  • New eight-page section on dictionary skills helps students build their knowledge of vocabulary and usage.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL; 5 edition (August 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131411764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131411760
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mister Dave near UH on August 7, 2010
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Essential Idioms in English is an upper-level treasury for the serious student who would venture to comingle in good American English. 39 lessons are subdivided into Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced sections, with the contexts moving up from more objective definitions in the Elementary section, to more ideational or psychological in the Intermediate/Advanced. 'Put on', for example, is presented in the Elementary section as to 'begin to use clothing,' but in the Intermediate, to 'perform a play/concert/etc.,' and then finally in the Advanced, to 'joke with someone.' Approximately 13 idioms appear in each lesson, with each one defined in often more than one context, and with a couple of sentences following. At the end of each 5-page lesson there appear a couple of exercises. In the Advanced section, a useful free-form review is available, which has proven to be good for a look back to previous lessons.
The best feature of this textbook is the heft in its overall sentence examples, plus the actual choices of particular idioms in its pages. Almost every idiom in this book (close to 475 in all) can be used in productive ways. The kind of language in this text is the language American undergrads use at university.
The curious debit for this book is that it has a lot of typos. It appears to have been not quite ready for 5th Edition printing, but nonetheless was rushed in. One of the exercises at the end of a Lesson, for example, needs two idiom answers that have not yet been taught, but which appear up ahead some fifty pages. (?)
But all in all, the sheer tonnage of weighty thoughtful and very relevant idioms in this textbook, plus the way in which they are presented, more than make up for the glitches one 'bumps into.' Professor Dixson has done well in this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Raul on September 15, 2005
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It has been rated with 5 stars for the following reasons:

It is very easy to get familiarized with the idioms. The step-by-step approach is very convenient and it facilitates the learning process.

With respect to the previous edition more friendly and pleasant to read.

A very well edited book.Although the content remains substantially the same, we find outstanding improvements.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Margaret H. Schumacher on September 13, 2005
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This edition is an improvement over the 1992 edition. The same idioms are presented, but the format is easier to read and includes red letters highlighting the idioms. Formerly some of the pages were printed on blue background making it hard to see. These pages are now white. Additional and more interesting exercises are included. The answer key it still there, saving the teacher time. This edition has divided the idioms into beginning, intermediate, and advanced. An excellent book for adults.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jelosamkr on February 20, 2008
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Hi, i bought the first edition in 1994. That one was really a good one. I liked the fact that it had 'german' among other languages at the end of the book. Today i got this new edition, and i was disappointed. They dropped the german, and I only see portuguese, spanish and french. And the page organization / format is worse, the first one was easier to read and locate each item. Shame on you, products are supposed to improve, not go backwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hagopian VINE VOICE on January 1, 2010
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I can see how this book would be good for ESL learning purposes, but there are far too few idioms in the book to justify the price. If you are trying to learn the language, you would be better off looking at one of the many idiom dictionaries on the market in this genre. They have more idioms for a lower price. Before you buy this one, take a look at those and see if they fit your needs better. I hope that helps!

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Todd Hagopian
President/CEO
Hagopian Institute
Author of the popular "Quote Junkie" book sereies and the brand new "Idiom Junkie" series
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Purdom on February 20, 2014
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This book may have some of the most useful idioms, but there are numerous printing errors, confusing students if I don't point out the mistakes first. Some of the fill-in-the-blank exercises feel very contrived. I wish the publisher would correct the mistakes and publish a new edition, because it is otherwise a very useful book. Don't know how this book (edition) got past the editors, to print. Hard to encourage excellence in students when their text book is so flawed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Ketcham on May 7, 2014
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I've attempted to use this book with my intermediate adult students with limited success. First of all it is full of editorial and printing errors which cause confusion to my students. Secondly, it does contain phrasal verbs and collocations, but it is light on real idioms. I would not recommend it for intermediate or advanced students. There are better products out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Hoover on October 11, 2013
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I think that this book has many useful idioms, but the book has many errors in it. It is useful for students who have already had some English training, but would be difficult for true beginners of English. Some of the sentence examples are difficult to understand for our intermediate-level students. For those who have used this book, they have found it helpful for everyday understanding of English conversations and for preparing for the TOEIC.
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