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Teaching Idioms & SlangA language isn't just grammar, vocabulary and structure. Language doesn't just sit on a shelf with perfect printed pages. It's a living, moving, changing organ of a community. Because of this, textbook language teaching often isn't enough for a language student. They need to know how the people on the street, or in the office, or on the television talk. "In my years of teaching English (EFL/ESL) in thailand, one thing I've noticed over and over again is my students' inability to understand native english speakers because of the slang and idioms we all use," writes Cassandra James, an EFL/esl teacher, in an article about teaching idioms and slang to ESL business students for Yahoo!. An idiom is a manner of speaking that natural to native speakers, but the words in the sentence does not have a literal translation. Slang is informal language that is used by a specific group or community. Idioms and slang, whether "pure" English or not, are extremely important to know for students who want to be able to readily converse with native speakers. We often say things such as "smack-dab in the middle," "it's raining cats and dogs" or "I scarfed down the food," and if the student tries to translate