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January 4, 2005

New Flash version of American Idioms

Pleasanton, Ca. - AmEnglish.com® announces a new Flash version of their online idiom program, American Idioms, designed for non-native speakers of English at the intermediate level and above. This interactive program improves listening comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation in English. This interactive program will assist you in communicating more effectively by helping you understand the meaning, use and pronunciation of idioms so they can become part of your vocabulary. It presents 100 current idioms in both text and audio format. The idioms are introduced in context in a series of stories or dialogues. This is followed by an interactive practice that focuses on meaning. Next is a page with the definition and sample sentences using the idiom and pronunciation guidelines. Finally, there are interactive dictation exercises at the sentence and paragraph level. This program is being used by UCSC-Extension in their English online program. An informational flash slide show about the new program is available at: American Idioms.

"We are excited about this new version. The Flash platform has allowed us to add dictation practices and increase the interactivity," said the author, Kathy L. Hans. "This is a fun and engaging way to learn idioms, which are critical for fluency in English."

Idioms, like "think out of the box," are used frequently in conversations in English. When you don't understand idioms, you can feel left out of a conversation. This interactive program will assist you in communicating more effectively by giving you and understanding of the meaning, use and pronunciation of idioms so they can become part of your vocabulary. American Idioms is used at companies like Abbott, IBM, and TeleTech to improve communication skills in English.

AmEnglish.com® provides products and services to improve communication skills for non-native speakers of English at the intermediate and advanced levels. These products are designed for both working professionals and university students. Two of the products, Pronunciation in American English and TOEIC® Business Idioms form Silicon Valley, are co-branded by ETS® (Educational Testing Service), makers of TOEFL®, TOEIC®, TSE® and TAST.