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    Question Which idioms dictionary shall I buy?

    Hi, Could you give me some advice to buy a good idioms dictionary! English is not my first language. Idioms for me is a big task to learn. How can I learn them? Thanks!

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    Re: Which idioms dictionary shall I buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by heather
    Hi, Could you give me some advice to buy a good idioms dictionary! English is not my first language. Idioms for me is a big task to learn. How can I learn them? Thanks!

    You don`t need to buy a dictionary of idioms.
    See the following:
    http://www.idiomsite.com

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/bacon
    and many others..
    or ,search the web for "ESL grammar exercises on idioms". I`m sure you`ll find lots of lists and exercises on English idioms.
    Last edited by sheena55ro; 04-Jul-2006 at 19:01.

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    Re: Which idioms dictionary shall I buy?

    http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/

    If you want to buy one, the Cambridge dictionary is good.
    Last edited by Tdol; 05-Jul-2006 at 09:41.

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    Re: Which idioms dictionary shall I buy?

    Thanks! By the way what is different between Colloquialisms and idioms?

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    Re: Which idioms dictionary shall I buy?

    A colloquialism is just everday language, not formal, while an idiom is a phrase whose meaning isn't obvious from the meanings of the words that make it up:
    Fiver (five pounds)- colloquial language, but not an idiom
    I'll eat my hat- an idiom, whose meaning has nothing to do with eating hats.

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