Irma enjoys reading. "I really do. I especially like reading to my friends," she said, "because when I do they sit very, very quiet and are all ears.
" When someone is all ears
, he or she is listening with complete attention. "We kids probably make a lot of noise when we're playing, but we're all ears
when Irma sits down and begins to read to us," Orly said. "I couldn't sleep a wink last night," Andy added. "I was all ears
listening to the sounds outside my tent in Country Park."
© 2015 John B. & Ching Yee Smithback
* IDIOMS IN CATEGORIES
One of the problems about learning English is that the sort of thing you find in textbooks or in the classroom is usually "correct usage," whereas in real life you may think
you know English -- but then you turn on television, read a newspaper or hear people talking and discover you only understand half of what's going on.
* FUN WITH IDIOMS
If something is the cat's pajamas,
would that make you want to hurry out to paint the town red?
Or if you are bored to tears
and can't find your feet,
is that because you're a glutton for punishment?
These are idioms, and unless you know them they can make your head spin!
Yet expressions like these are an essential part of our language, adding color, vibrancy and punch to the way we speak and write.
* FUN WITH PROVERBS
What is a proverb? It is a succinct phrase that, through the years, has been used to express a meaning or a shade of meaning. Through the use of lighthearted illustrations and quirky prose, the husband and wife team of John and Ching Yee Smithback demonstrate the proverbs that have developed in the English language over hundreds of years.
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