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An idiom is a group of words, usually in sentence form that have a different meaning than what the sentence says. Example:  The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. This is said about people who never seem happy with what they have and always think that other people have a better situation than them.

Another example: If someone says, "that's a piece of cake," it means that it is very easy.

In America we have a lot of idioms and you can explore them by Googling the word idiom and seeing the examples.
 
(....) parenthesis surround a definition of the word before.

Have you struggled (made great effort) or (tried real hard) to understand (know) English and found (discovered) it frustrating (a feeling of dis-satisfaction)? You are not the first and you won't be the last. This is an old saying. On the positive side, unlike (not like) other languages, especially (to a great extent) languages that use characters like Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc. English has some logic (simple methods) to it!

The first piece (a part of something) of advice (words that you can use) I want to give you is buy (purchase) or (spend money on) a dictionary, if you own (have) a dictionary great! If you can buy a dictionary that gives a definition (the meaning of) in your native tongue (language), while also giving the English words definition, that is what you need.

The second piece of advice I want to give you is learn (put in your mind) the American alphabet! It is invaluable (of great value).

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

I want to teach you some real (tangible) basic (simple) stuff (information in this sense) to learn and remember! 

When spelling a word with a (C) in it, remember I(i) before E(e) except after C(c). There are a few (more than one) exceptions (rules), but this comes (is acquired) with learning.

Any time you write a word starting (beginning) with a vowel (A,E,I,O,U) it is proceeded with the article (an). Example: an Apple, an Elephant, an Idiot, an Owl, an upload.

If the sentence your writing doesn't call for (need) another lead word (a word used before it) then use the an. Example: This sentence is of the utmost importance. A noun beginning with a vowel is usually proceeded with the article (an).

When trying to find a word in the dictionary, if you know your alphabet, then it comes (is) much easier. The dictionary is listed in alphabetical order.

So if you are trying to find the word Maverick, you would of course start in the M's, looking then at Ma.

Moving past a - u to v, Mav,  then past a - d to e Mave, then past a - q to r, Maver,  then past a - h to i, Maveri,

Then past a & b to c, Maveric,  then past a - j to k, and thus you have looked up the word Maverick.


Lets see you do that with Japanese or Mandarin Chinese!


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