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Sunday, April 08, 2018

This Week in Idioms - Let's Get This Show On The Road!

This Week In Idioms

Welcome to my new English For Foreign Learners blog! It's been a while, I dropped out to raise my wonderful (and crazy active) children, but things are starting to slow down a little, so I am back to my English tutoring and (as of today) blogging! Huzzah!

So we have a new website which I was happy to acquire and hope to get a regular schedule of free posts, mostly about idioms but maybe also other TEFL related topics.

Just to catch you up on who the heck I am, my name is Michael and I have been tutoring English since 1996. I work full-time at an international education office in Washington D.C. where I promote study abroad opportunities for both Americans and non-Americans alike.

I lived in Japan for two years as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and have been tutoring Japanese business students online since 2004. My typical class has the student read from a business article online and we go over pronunciation and vocabulary. What I find students have the most trouble with, but also have the most fun with, are the idioms. So one of my classes I have is for business idioms alone. There are thousands of idioms that Americans use in everyday language that we take for granted. Working with international students, I know that this can be a challenge to understand their American business partners or customer/clients. That's why I tend to focus on this area of the English Language.

So, my hope is to blog about idioms at least once a week, post a podcast as well to help with pronunciation and to just help anyone who stumbles upon this website and would find this useful. I will have a link to my tutoring site once I get that up and running, and you can always at

So let's get this Show on the Road

  • To put a plan or an idea into action, or into motion. "We are ready to start the new blog, let's get the show on the road and publish our first post!"  

- Michael

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