A review by Monica Parlee, a blogging Mom, can be found here, along with some comments from 2011.

A review by Barb Gary, at Diabetic Snacker Reviews, can be found here.


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A review by Razvan S.Macovei, who teaches English in Rumania, can be found here.

English Idioms And Expressions For Everyone,
Yes, Even You!


I thought I knew English, but I didn't know that!


Thank you for writing this book. So many times, perhaps out of laziness or habit, we cause stress and distrust in life by using an obscure phrase or expression, when we could just as easily use words with our intent clearly stated. I expect that your readers will benefit greatly by learning the true meaning behind so many common expressions we take for granted. In addition, I hope many readers with English as their primary language will take seriously the importance of clarity in thought and speech. As "texting" and other technological shortcuts begin to dominate our communications systems, this will become increasingly important. Congratulations upon completing a most daunting task, and thank you for allowing me to add my comments.
Dorothy Miller, Literary Consultant
San Diego, California

This book makes my job easier. I'll have much more to talk about in my classes. Your book is informative, and I look forward to using it. I encourage ESL students to read it and use it as a reference.
Rachael Chen, English teacher
Taipei, Taiwan

Absolutely brilliant! This book has helped me to expand my understanding of the English language and culture. As a foreigner myself and student of American Politics, I do recommend it to those wanting to expand their understanding of idioms and expressions in a frugal and easy-to-read composition.
Jorge L. Mendoza, Graduate student of American Politics
University of California, San Diego

I like the way this book goes beyond the American culture and covers many other countries' sayings, anecdotes and idioms in a very clear and concise language. This way, Reza brings us to the realization that people of different cultures and backgrounds share more or less the same thoughts and idioms on the same subjects. Reza's extensive work is definitely appreciated by me, and being an ESL instructor, I can use it as a valuable guideline in the curriculum of my class.
Angie Moeen, ESL teacher
San Diego, California

I think this book—with its expressions, meanings, and examples—will be very helpful to any foreigner to get to know the English language, and I highly recommend it. It is a useful tool.
Cathy Peterson, Former English teacher in Malta and Iran
Oxnard, California

A practical, entertaining, and sometimes funny look at phrases we take for granted everyday ... This book would be useful for those new to these
expressions or for anyone who uses these phrases without really thinking about them.

Alan J. Schretzmann, Graphic artist
San Diego, California

This is a great book to keep in your home, office, or brief case. The book lists idioms alphabetically and provides examples for their use, as well as their origin when available. The descriptions are brief and easy-to-understand, and I wish my Japanese mother had had a copy of it when she was raising me! It is a perfect choice for a gift for people who love to learn idioms.
Amy Smith, Technical writer
San Diego, California

In one stop, your book has clarified the definition of many expressions I hear regularly, yet wasn't sure of their real meaning . I found the background and origin information to be very informative, clever, and, at times, very funny! As I deal with a number of foreigners in my line of work, I can see how this book could be very useful for a visitor from another country. It doesn't matter if you are "one taco short of a combination plate" or a "one-trick pony," you will enjoy this book!
Mark Sutton, Engineer
San Diego, California

This is a useful book for foreigners trying to gain a better command of modern English. It is easy to understand, and I recommend that students learn several new phrases a day. By the end of a year, you will feel much more comfortable conversing with native speakers if you have an understanding of what these expressions mean and how they are used.
Karen Watanabe, Former ESL teacher in Tokyo and NYC
Ann Arbor, Michigan


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