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Idioms 1-10


Introduction/ Methodology

This module is written and narrated by Chris Malherbe, English@Work, Germany.
Audio by English@Work, Germany.
Vocabulary list by Learnmera Oy, Finland.
Cartoons, layout and video by Boris Stoyanov, e-Training Solutions, Germany.


This module is suitable for learners of English who want to improve their reading and listening skills. It is based on very short stories revolving around idiomatic expressions that can be easily read and listened to. The narrators use different accents to help learners retain the material.

This self-help learning module is suitable for you if:

• You have difficulties hearing and repeating words in English
• It is difficult for you to focus on letters and/ or what people are saying
• You often mix up or miss out letters or numbers
• You often miss what people are trying to say
• You have tendency to drift away at times

Required level of English language proficiency to read and understand this module:

A2 or higher

Based on: Europass Language Passport


1.1: Idioms 1-10
1.2: Idioms 11-20
1.3: Idioms 21-30
1.4: Idioms 31-40
1.5: Idioms 41-50
1.6: Segmentation Activity

Estimated time to complete the module:

5-6 hours including repetition


Upon completion of this module you will be:

• Able to understand and apply idiomatic expressions
• A better communicator in English
• A better and more effective reader
• A more productive listener


This E-learning book is an open educational resource. It uses open-source technology and multimedia. It is mobile-friendly and device-independent. It is delivered online but there also is an offline version. The self-help learning program is designed for individual learners to work on their own and includes practice activities. It can also be used in a classroom as part of an instructor-led training program.


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