It’s a Breeze

42 Lively English Lessons on American Idioms

He’s wet behind the ears.

The test was a piece of cake.

She came right out of the blue.

Do you know the words, but don’t understand the meaning? These short sentences use common American idioms. You will find idioms on television, in sports, at work, and at school.

Idioms are also one reason English can be a difficult language for many adults to learn. You have to learn common American idioms to really speak English in a natural style.

The good news is that studying idioms – even as an intermediate English student - can also be fun. We will go at a comfortable pace, learning idiom by idiom. In fact, each short lesson is built around a single common American idiom and its meaning. You will read a brief story of daily life, learn some vocabulary, write a few sentences, and ask and answer some conversation questions. The lively lessons encourage thinking and sharing in a relaxed atmosphere. Groups of lessons have been organized together in six units. The units go from easier to more difficult. You will get a chance to show your increased knowledge on unit quizzes too.

As you know, learning English is often the key to a better life today. These lessons will help you use more colorful English in your life. These lessons will also help you gain a better understanding of the English you hear around you and on television, learn more about American culture, and speak more like an American. Idiom by idiom, you will find speaking English less difficult and more fun. You might even find speaking English “a breeze”.


I find this is a fun way to learn about English words and phrases that, because they've come from such disparate parts of our history and culture (by bring idiomatic speech to the language and making it stick)..are for a new speaker, not only hard to learn, but difficult to have explained.


A superb and delightful new idioms guide from the Chimayo team who brought us Compelling Conversations.


I use this book as a helpful guide for my students that I tutor in English to improve aspects of their conversational skills.
It's A Breeze is a total package for educators or for students of English. It's a peach of a book!


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Toni Aberson After 35 years of teaching English and supervising English teachers, Toni Aberson (M.A. English; M.A. Psychology and Religion) believes that a lively classroom is the optimal learning environment. ”If people are thinking, sharing, and laughing, then they’re learning,” notes Aberson. “The mere fact that those adults are in an English classroom attests to their courage and their determination to learn.” ”Adult English students bring a wealth of interesting experiences with them,” continues Aberson. “They bring the world into the classroom. The challenge for English teachers is to put students at ease and encourage them to practice English. What better way than to ask students about their lives? I love teaching English.” Aberson has launched a new Chimayo Press series for ESL students. It’s A Breeze: Lively English Lessons on American Idioms focuses on real life expressions and situations. “The key in a classroom is engagement,” Aberson says, “and people become interested and excited when they’re learning about the daily stuff of life. When they are thinking and writing and talking about their real lives—food, jobs, family, homes, sports, movies—that’s when they learn the language. Learning English is not easy. It can be a real challenge, but it can also be fun and stimulating. That’s what I’m aiming for—the real life and the fun that stimulates ESL students so they want to learn more. They want to jump in.”

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