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Teaching slang and idioms Teaching slang and idioms is an important function when teaching English, especially in an English speaking country. To illustrate this I will use the example of my home country, New Zealand, which has developed much slang and idioms since its colonisation in the nineteenth century. In New Zealand, the words sweet as and choice refer to something as ?being ok?, whereas bro and cuzzy are affectionately used to refer to a friend or family member (originating from brother and cousin). The idioms good on ya? mate and strapped for cash are used to give praise and describe a low on cash situation, respectively. These examples of New Zealand slang and idioms are the ?tip of the iceberg? and are used in every day communication (both formal and informal), broadcasts, film and television. Visitors to New Zealand will be exposed to slang and idioms in almost every conversation they have with a kiwi (slang for New Zealander). It is so ingrained in New Zealand society that kiwis themselves are not always aware as to what is actually slang and what is standard speech. The word heaps in New Zealand replaces plenty (which is rarely used) and is even used in formal broadcasts and publications. Some slang words, such as togs, do not have a standard equivalent used when