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International Students: Fun with Language

A guide to the library for international students.


An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. For example, when a person says, "I'm going to hit the books" they really mean that they are going to study really hard.

Below are some common idioms you might hear at school:


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Tongue Twisters

A tongue twister is a sequence of words and sounds that is alliterative and very difficult to pronounce quickly. Public speakers, such as actors, sometimes practice saying tongue twisters before a performance in order to improve pronunciation

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For tongue twisters that address specific pronunciation issues, check out TesolGames' page