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Unread Jul 30th, 2008, 04:43 am
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Default Re: Difference between Conversational Classes and General English Classes

Eric
Good stuff. Alas I would need to dumb it down. But I think I could use the format and method of teaching.

What I have found useful for my students when I introduce them to idioms is find the same idioms in their own language. (Just an aside I thought the Borat segment using an idiom about cricket was a great illustration of why not to use idioms when speaking to non native speakers)
eg
Chinese
"I might as well play the piano to the cows as talk to you"
"I might as well talk to the wall as talk to you"
For fun I throw in "are your ears painted on?"

Thank you
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