Teaching a teenager English-language idioms
September 14, 2006 5:48 PM Subscribe
Help me come up with a list of cool English-language idioms to teach my teenage foster daughter from Taiwan. Slightly
posted by ClaudiaCenter to Education (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know there have been discussions here before about English language idioms, but I didn't see one that fit exactly.
My 16-year-old foster daughter (very proficient in English, but not yet 100 percent fluent -- she was born in the US but lived for ten years in Taiwan) is interested in learning English idioms, and I would like to help her. Although I can buy her books or show her lists on the internet, I would mostly like to introduce idioms in conversations with her.
The ones we both seem to like are those idioms that have an accessible/visual image or explanation. So, for example, she liked "sticky fingers" for the idea of the loot sticking to the hand of the thief. She likes "tip of the iceberg" because I explained about how the non-visible part of icebergs under water is bigger than the visible part.
She also likes idioms that are somewhat off-color, though I would like to only encourage witty & amusing off-color idioms.
Also, I think overly obscure idioms might cause confusion and ridicule, so while I'd love to see historic web sites tracking slang of the 1890s (I know this crowd!), I probably won't teach her those.
So ... favorite internet sites? favorite idiom?