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.

11 05, 2015

Robbing the Cradle-Baby Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:40-05:00By |

When it comes to online dating projecting the proper image is essential. This causes both men and women to lie about their actual age, post outdated pictures of themselves from they were younger and believed themselves to be more attractive, and boast about their achievements in their dating profile. The anonymity  of the internet has [...]

8 05, 2015

Babe in the Woods-Baby Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:40-05:00By |

Some American English idioms that reference children, including "throw the baby out with the bath water", sound ludicrous when taken out of context. After all who would throw out a baby in the process of discarding used bath water? The phrase "babe in the woods", however, speaking to someone's relative inexperience within a specific area, [...]

4 05, 2015

On the Run – Crime Related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:40-05:00By |

Today's featured  idiom concerns a phrase you frequently hear on the news: "on the run" While the term is often applied to criminals and can have a negative connotation, it can also refer to a person who seems to be in constant motion, never living in one place for an extended period or allowing themselves [...]

2 05, 2015

Take No Prisoners – Crime Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:40-05:00By |

Business executives are fond of trying to inspire their employees to stretch beyond their supposed capabilities through a motivational speech. A common theme in these speeches is that employees and everyone else in the company must be ruthless and singularly focused in their efforts to reach stated goals, even if this requires operating in a [...]

30 04, 2015

Cat Burglar-Crime Related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:40-05:00By |

Now that you've made the decision to adopt a modified speaking accent with the help of of AccentPros' certified accent coaches and various online resources, you are likely more aware of the kind of language you use on an everyday basis. Are you more of a straightforward communicator or one that likes to utilize similes, [...]

24 04, 2015

Law of the Jungle-Law Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:40-05:00By |

In today's idiom post we are going to be examining the meaning and origin of the phrase "the law of the jungle." This phrase has many variations which you have no doubt been exposed to, but they all essentially boil down to the idea that one must learn to become self reliant to accomplish their [...]

20 04, 2015

Hard Cases Make Bad Law-Law Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:40-05:00By |

When considering the context in which the use of an idiom may be appropriate over straightforward language, the legal world is certainly an area where one is more likely to hear an abundance of idioms. Lawyers interact with clients each day who don't have the faintest idea of how the legal system works and consequently [...]

17 04, 2015

In a Fog – Weather Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:41-05:00By |

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 [...]

15 04, 2015

Cold Light of Day-Weather Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:41-05:00By |

Here at AccentPros we realize that the quest to speak English with a modified accent is something that must be fitted into a busy schedule full of personal and professional obligations. Your time is valuable and thus, you deserve to learn something that can be applied to your daily interactions with people every time you [...]

9 04, 2015

Any Port in a Storm-Weather Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:41-05:00By |

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 [...]

8 04, 2015

“Shoes” Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:41-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Tips 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 [...]

3 04, 2015

“Sleep” Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:41-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Tips 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 [...]

30 03, 2015

“Time” Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:41-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Tips 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 [...]

26 03, 2015

Nautical Idioms Part 3

2017-03-23T06:46:42-05:00By |

Nautical Idioms and Accent Reduction Tips These nautical idioms are plain sailing your journey of improving your English skills!   Nautical Idioms 1 – To the bitter end Definition: To persist with something until you can put forth no further effort. Also used as a way of declaring one's commitment to a relationship Example: If [...]

23 03, 2015

Nautical Idioms Part 2

2017-03-23T06:46:42-05:00By |

Nautical Idioms and Accent Reduction Tips Shiver me timbers! Who knew that knowing these American Idioms can help out your English skills in the work place and community?  Nautical Idioms 1 – High and Dry Definition: Describes a state of abandonment or feeling left behind in a conversation due to the lack of knowledge about [...]

19 03, 2015

Nautical Idioms Part 1

2017-03-23T06:46:42-05:00By |

Nautical Idioms and Accent Reduction Tips Ahoy! Take a look at these nautical idioms to help improve your American Idiom skills.   Nautical Idioms 1 – Chock-a-block Definition: Used in reference to a meeting area or living space that is so small and compact people have little room to moving about, leading to feelings of [...]

17 03, 2015

Law Unto Oneself-Law Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:42-05:00By |

Have you ever been accused of ignoring the rules and any personal and professional consequences in order to get what you want? If so, the way your behavior was interpreted by others likely didn't matter to you if your actions brought about the desired results. The renegade or anti-hero remains a popular figure in modern [...]

12 03, 2015

All Sixes and Sevens-Risk Related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:43-05:00By |

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 03, 2015

Ace up your Sleeve-Risk Related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:43-05:00By |

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 [...]

6 03, 2015

Ace in the Hole- Risk related Idiom

2017-03-23T06:46:43-05:00By |

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 [...]