Why Should I Learn Idiomatic Expressions And Slang In English?

Every once in a while, someone asks me why they should study idiomatic expressions and slang…instead of just focusing on single words. And the answer is twofold.

Reason #1: It’s Just The Way They ‘Chew The Fat’

First, you should study slang and expressions because that is the way that native speakers talk in English…and if you don’t understand the expressions they use then you won’t understand what they say.

If you simply stick to the formal English you are taught in your English course, you will have a hard time understanding native speakers when they are talking.

A simple case in point was a young man I know who worked with my wife in a large multinational corporation in Brazil.

One day, several North American businessmen arrived at the company to initiate a new business partnership. They were walking around the company and getting to know everyone.

So, one of the men leaned over the counter and shook this young man’s hand and asked him, “What do you call yourself?”

This poor guy who had studied English all his life had no clue what he was being asked, because he had always been taught in school that, “What’s your name?” was the ‘proper’ way to ask that.

Now obviously, if you don’t ever intend to talk to native English speakers then I guess you don’t have to worry about learning more than one way to express yourself.

Reason #2: You Will ‘Get It’ When You Hear The Expressions

The second reason you should learn new ways to express yourself is because when you come across common idiomatic expressions and phrases when you are reading…you will try to understand them by translating them literally into you mother-tongue.

Since it is an expression…it won’t make any sense if you try to translate word for word.

So, if you begin to familiarize yourself with common expressions and slang, you will be able to understand what is being expressed when you are reading or talking with native English speakers.

And that my dear student, is why it is good to begin to familiarize yourself with common idiomatic expressions, slang, and jargon in English as soon as possible.

About The Author:

Your Personal English Trainer David A. Bailey, Jr uses the power of mini-stories to teach idiomatic expressions, slang, jargon, and other such multi-word vocabulary quickly and efficiently. Now, he’s providing powerful mini-story lessons that teach you to express yourself more effectively in the English language at the VIP English Club

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