Idiom Attack Vol. 1 - Everyday Living (Trad. Chinese Edition) : 成語攻擊 1 - 日常生活
English Idioms for ESL Learners: With 300+ Idioms in 25 Themed Chapters w/ free MP3 at IdiomAttack.com
FROM THE SERIES: Idiom Attack
AUTHOR(S): Peter N. Liptak, Matthew Douma, Jay Douma
PUBLISHED BY: an imprint of Exile Press on 20110401
English Idioms for ESL Learners: With 300+ Idioms in 25 Themed Chapters
Are you confused by common sayings in the English language? Discover the hidden meanings of English idioms to help you communicate with confidence.
Are you worried that you’re missing out on the conversation? Do you want to strengthen your English language skills?
As ESL educators, Peter Liptak, Matthew Douma, and Jay Douma have decades of teaching experience across the world. After helping classrooms full of students navigate the treacherous waters of the English language, they’ve created a series of books to help you too!
Idiom Attack: Everyday Living (Traditional Chinese Edition)
is a densely-packed resource that contains 300+ of the most common and relevant idioms for living, loving and doing business in North America in both English and Traditional Chinese. Through Idiom Attack, you’ll discover definitions, contextualized examples, and practice questions. Before you know it, you’ll be using English language idioms in your own everyday conversations like a native English speaker and impressing people with your business English.
In Idiom Attack, you’ll discover:
Idiom Attack is a must-have tool for ESL learners at intermediate and advanced levels. If you like easy-to-use guides, multi-format approaches to learning, and expert advice, then you’ll love Peter Liptak, Matthew Douma, and Jay Douma’s in-depth look at American idioms.
Buy Idiom Attack to finally take part in the discussion today!
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FROM THE BACK COVER:
Swim with the natives without fear of an "Idiom Attack"
Upgrade your English skills with idioms essential for daily conversation through a three-step training process that lets you to become familiar with and effectively use idioms everyday.
Idioms represent the most colorful language used in everyday conversation yet tend to be the most difficult for foreign learners to understand and for teachers to convey.
Idiom Attack is a collection of 300 North American idioms in common usage today, arranged in an easy to read and understand format. 25 topical chapters provide easy access for intermediate to advanced students of English. Only the most useful idioms and phrasal expressions are included, with meanings in both English and Traditional Chinese for comparison.
Example sentences provide contextual support for more in depth understanding and practical application and stories challenge learners with the application of language with follow-up comprehension questions designed to coax them to use the target language. Finally, discussion questions encourage deeper dialogue and practice with opportunities for reading, writing, listening and speaking.
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A NOTE FROM OUR AUTHOR(S):
A born-and-bred mid-western boy, Peter Liptak is a poet, world traveler, avid cyclist, and lover of language. Unlike most English majors, he actually made use of his degree teaching English to children and adults in South Korea over the last 20 years, as a private tutor, preschool teacher, and adjunct professor at Incheon University and eventually creating the publishing company Exile Press with its imprints Little Bear Books and Hungry Dictator Press.
Exploring his interests at the University of Minnesota, from the wonders of Astronomy and Anthropology to Philosophy and Poetics, Peter learned new skills as a preschool teacher, waiter, dance instructor and massage therapist in school and has worked as an actor, teacher, copywriter and author since. While working and living in Seoul, Peter completed a Master's in Korean History, and using Korea as a source of inspiration, linguistic and otherwise, penned several books including the controversial book of Korean Slang: As much as a Rat's Tail, translated the scathing graphic novel The Great Successor - Kim Jong Un: a Political Cartoon, created the Idiom Attack series of ESL textbooks as well as passion projects including an Art/Poetry book called Letters: Building an Alphabet with Art and Attitude and a series of children's early readers about the lovable Teddy LeBear, including Teddy's Day and Teddy's Camp. Now living in Minneapolis with his three little ones and lovely wife, Peter continues publishing various works, while pursuing copywriting at The Writer’s Ink, and does web development, video marketing and lead generation for various local businesses through his new business Leadgen Legends.
Peter loves to say "Woo Hoo!" and knows that the simple experiences in life hold the greatest adventures. You can follow Peter at www.peteliptak.com or petespoetry.com
2016 International Book Awards Gold Medal for Letters
2016 Illustration Award & Bronze Medal for The Great Successor
2016 Benjamin Franklin Awards: Silver Medal for Korean Slang: As much as a Rat’s Tail
2014 Korea Literature Translation Institute Grant: for the collected works of North Korea poet Baek Seok
2013 Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards: Silver Honoree for Teddy's Day HD
2012 Mom's Choice Awards: Gold Medals in Young Adult Poetry and Interactive eBooks for Letters and Teddy’s Day HD
2012 Mom's Choice Awards: Silver Medals in Children's Picture Books for Teddy’s Day and Teddy’s Camp
2011 Midwest Book Awards: First Place in Children's Illustrated ebooks for Teddy's Day
2001 Underwood Fellowship: Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:
成語以不同的方式充斥於美國人每天的會話當中。外國學習者因為這些成語的意義與字面上的意 義迥然不同，而覺得難上加難。如果戰勝英文是你的目標，那就必須在成語打敗自己之前取得先 機，先征服他們。
本書包含300個常用的成語，劃分成25個主題。這些主題都是日常生活會話、談生意、描述動作、 表情達意所用得到的重要話題。每一章介紹10到15個成語，同時用英文與中文解釋意義。例句可 以讓你瞭解成語的意思及用法，並且協助你作深度的學習。每章之後還有一篇短文，讓你再一次 複習所學的成語。
第一步:透過中文來學這些成語的意義 首先，從中文例句推論出成語的意思，然後看看英文例句如何使用這些成語。這個方式可以使你 更輕易而有效地學習成語的意義與用法。除此之外，中文句子可以幫忙回溯英文成語。
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4.0 out of 4 stars An excellent and comprehensive guide to English idioms!
"...and it is even informative to native English speakers. It gives lucid definitions and examples of how to and when to use certain idioms, allowing for a non-native English speaker to quickly feel comfortable with spoken English. Furthermore, the graphics are warm and inviting, fostering a sense of comfort when learning. This isn't a dry and somber textbook that feels like a drag to get through. This book is living, fun, and exciting. The dialogues, examples, and pictures all combine to create an enjoyable learning environment. The intelligibility of this book is also a huge plus. Not only is everything written in a very clear, concise manner, but everything is organized logically and coherently. If you are looking for a certain idiom or a certain category of idioms, you will have no problem finding what you are looking for. Overall, this book is excellently composed and a great resource for an English-language learner. I would not only recommend, but I would implore learners to pick up this book. I give this title a 4 out of 4, and I do not say that lightly. This book is deserving of every point it gets"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tool!
It’s a very useful book. I like the many examples and the good organization of the book; it’s easy to read and learn from. The color makes it stick out from other textbooks, too. I would recommend this series to anyone learning English. It really helps you understand everyday English phrases.
4.0 out of 4 stars A great book to introduce to any ESL class!
"Reading Idiom Attack Vol. 1 Everyday Living (Trad. Chinese Edition) was actually more insightful than I thought it was going to be. As someone who considers English as their first language and Chinese a mere third, I was trying to get into the head of someone who had to come from Chinese ideologies. There were actually a lot of phrases I did not think were considered idioms but after seeing them in this book, realized that they may not have been as straightforward as I initially thought.
As a supplementary material for an ESL class, I think this book would be great. It has exercises with answers, a short story per chapter involving the different idioms, and even some guide questions that can facilitate more conversation between students. That being said, this book might be a little harder to use if you are just studying English on your own.
Each category or theme of idioms is presented in the same format, with a sample sentence written in traditional Chinese with the idiom placed in the sentence in English. This is then translated into a full English sentence then the definition of the idiom, sometimes with a synonym and/or a remark pertaining to the origin of the idiom. I think these synonyms and remarks are especially important as it gives the reader more contexts on the idiom.
After these sample sentences comes the short story. While grammatically correct, I think there needs to be some warning for students that these idioms are not normally used all together like how it is done in the story... As long as it is explained to the learners that idioms should be used more sporadically, I think this is okay.
After every 5 chapters there’s a crossword puzzle you can do which involves all of the idioms you have learned in the said 5 chapters. Some of the hints are just definitions; some of them are fill in the blank statements. All in all there is enough variety in the exercises to ensure the reader can understand the idiom in different ways, however a thing to note is that all the exercises, apart from the short story itself, is in complete English, which can pose a problem to some people as they may not completely understand the sentences. There is an occasional translation for specific words but the reason for choosing these specific words to be translated is not clear.
...I rate this book 4 out of 4 as an introduction to commonly used idioms in the English language. Its editing is pretty well done and the explanations are clear both in Chinese and in English. All the exercises use the idiom quite well, and the discussion questions are split between ensuring the reader understood the use of the idiom and starting an English conversation with another person. Again, this is a great book to introduce to any ESL class."
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great learning tool
This is a great learning tool. Not only does it provide multiple examples of these idioms in English sentences, it also has fill in the blanks and crosswords to help you learn how to use them. These exercises and the CD make the book stick out (look, an idiom). This means you see the idioms, you hear them, and you practice using them. I’m glad there’s a second book to this one.
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