Common English Phrases & Idioms

//Common English Phrases & Idioms

Accent Pros is happy to announce a new segment in the accent reduction blog called – Common English Phrases & Idioms.
 
Many of our clients at Accent Pros, who come in for accent reduction sessions, have advanced degrees and have excellent command of the English language. Given the evolving state of the English language; however, they may not understand informal slang and phrases that are regularly used in the workplace, and on various popular social media. Occasionally our accent reduction clients will understand the meaning of an idiom, but use it in an improper context, which could potentially have embarrassing consequences.

Here we will explore common American English phrases, descriptions, and use them in an example to help you understand the full breadth of the saying.

After enjoying the idioms, treat yourself to a free accent reduction tutorial available in over fifty languages here on the website.

13 10, 2015

Chinese Whispers – Gossip Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

We've all been there. You hear an exciting bit of office gossip and immediately begin to think of not only who you're going to tell it to first, but how you're going to tell them. E-mail? Text? Tweet? Direct Message? With the explosion of social media and texting services available to us in this current [...]

29 09, 2015

Ball and Chain- English Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

If you've ever had a friend who finds themselves in the beginning stages of a relationship, you know all too well how tiring it can be to listen to them drone on and on about "lovely" things that their significant other does. Such as, the way they laugh, never give up on the Sunday crossword [...]

24 09, 2015

Double Dutch – Language Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

A critical piece of successful business communication is developing the ability to ask for things in a direct manner, without giving the impression of being condescending or demonstrative. As someone who is looking to refine their speech by speaking with an American accent, you may find yourself thinking that you must impress your listener by [...]

15 09, 2015

Walk Free-“Free Idioms”

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

Most of what we are exposed to on the internet in today’s society is driven by popularity. Everyone follows a set routine when they first get online at the start of the day: checking e-mail, browsing some of our preferred websites, updating friends on our lives via social media etc., but despite what you may [...]

8 09, 2015

Keep the Ball Rolling – Idiom

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

Imagine for a moment you are sitting in your cubicle at work and you overhear a conversation: should the company continue to sell to the same consumer base, thus ensuring a marginal profit or should they try to go after a different demographic? Due to the inherent risk and weight of this decision, expressions such as [...]

1 09, 2015

Throw in The Towel – Sports Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

Have you ever felt the urge to throw in the towel after a particularly difficult day at the office? Such feelings may creep up if you feel as though you've taken on more responsibility than you can handle in the hopes of getting a promotion. There is also a sense of frustration over not having [...]

26 08, 2015

In the Same Boat-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:35-05:00By |

A critical piece of successful business communication is developing the ability to ask for things in a direct manner, without giving the impression of being condescending or demonstrative. As someone who is looking to refine their speech by speaking with an American accent, you may find yourself thinking that you must impress your listener by [...]

17 08, 2015

Off the Beaten Track -Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

In today's idiom post we are going to examining the meaning and origin of the phrase "Off the beaten track." A common variant of this phrase is "off the beaten path", but they have identical meanings. Occasionally this phrase is used within a conversation to refer to the conversation itself and how it has drifted [...]

10 08, 2015

Paddle Your Own Canoe-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

The prospect of changing your speech to speak with a reduced accent may seem like a daunting task, one that leaves you open to self doubt about whether you are betraying a part of your identity by making such changes. You can counter any fears you may have by reminding yourself that you are in [...]

3 08, 2015

Hit the Road-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

If you stop to think about it, many slang phrases in the American lexicon originated as song lyrics. The majority of these seemingly fall out of favor as quickly as they appear. Part of this has to do with the fact these terms become dated, thus dating the person who uses them frequently and giving [...]

27 07, 2015

Taken for a Ride – Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

With the advent of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter the realm of slang terminology is seemingly growing bigger with each passing day. Many words, including “hash tag” and “friended”, have crossed over into formal discourse. This has further blurred the line between what can be considered formal and informal speech. You can [...]

29 06, 2015

Put all your Eggs in One Basket- Egg Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:37-05:00By |

We conclude our series on American idioms featuring the word "egg" today with the idiom, "put all your eggs in one basket." Similar to "kill the goose that laid the golden egg" this phrase is normally used in a financial context, a scenario where all of one's resources have been put in a single place. [...]

15 06, 2015

Kill the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg – Idiom

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

Idiom: kill the goose that laid the golden egg The business world is defined by risk, and those who take risks and have their boldness pay off in the form of a bigger paycheck, promotion, or a burgeoning stock portfolio are celebrated. In these situations, discussion of the inherent risk faced by the individuals involved [...]

11 06, 2015

Face the Music-Music Related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

Imagine for a moment you are sitting in your cubicle at work and you overhear a conversation: should your company should continue to sell to the same consumer base, thus ensuring a marginal profit, or try to go after a different demographic. Due to the inherent risk and weight of this decision, expressions such as [...]

9 06, 2015

Pig and Whistle- Music related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

Most of what we are exposed to on the internet in today's society is driven by popularity. Everyone follows a set routine when they first get online at the start of the day: checking e-mail, browsing some of our preferred websites, updating friends on our lives via social media etc., but despite what you may [...]

5 06, 2015

All that Jazz-Music Related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

In business discussions, idioms serve to creatively express ideas that have already been explained without coming across as repetitive. They can also cut through discussions full of complex jargon, reinforcing the main ideas in a manner that is more likely to be retained by the audience at the end of a meeting when compared to [...]

29 05, 2015

Heavy Metal-Music related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:39-05:00By |

Generally music has proven to be detrimental when it comes to aiding the learning and retention of information.  However it does increase one's focus prior to engaging in a task they're intimately familiar with, as when surgeons listen to their favorite type of music while performing an operation. Half of the anesthetists polled in the [...]

21 05, 2015

Accents and Identity in Gangs of New York

2017-03-23T06:46:39-05:00By |

Capturing Accents Lost to History In the previous two Accents in Movies articles, we've talked about the important role dialect coach Tim Monich has played in helping some of Hollywood's most high profile actors master a variety of complex accents, from the standard native New York accent to a southern accent that reflects a background [...]

18 05, 2015

Spare the Rod Spoil The Child-Baby Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:39-05:00By |

With the advent of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter the realm of slang terminology is seemingly growing bigger with each passing day. Many words, including "hash tag" and "friended", have crossed over into formal discourse. This has further blurred the line between what can be considered formal and informal speech. You can [...]