Teach English in Diduo Zhen - Taizhou Shi

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Language itself throughout the history of mankind has been an ever evolving and fluid concept, and one of the ways that language has continued to grow in this day and age is through idioms, slang and phrasal verbs; with each one having their level of importance. Firstly, between the three the of these it is thought that the most important to be aware of phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are important because they are used more often in language to be more specific or even professional at times. For example, when one talks about a plane departing at that moment. It is more common to use the phrasal verb version ‘It is taking off’ than to say ‘It is leaving’, because when one says something is taking off everyone immediately knows that a plane is leaving the tarmac. Although, these may not be always as professional as phrasal verbs it is believed to be quite important to know and use idioms accurately. Idioms are a way of saying something in more creative, less obvious way. These phrases can even make it more interesting and enjoyable to have a conversation with someone who can understand and utilize them. One example of an idiom, ‘It was a piece of cake’ which is a more fun creative way of saying ‘It was easy.’ With idioms it is important to note that they can change from country to country, and even region to region, which allows people to also gain a different cultural perspective on each region. Like idioms, slang also can change from country to country, region to region, and these phrases and words can even differ simply from what time period that a person was born in. In the 1800’s it was popular to say ‘Don’t sell me a dog’ and today’s counterpart phrase would be ‘Keep it one hundred.’, which both of these phrases more or less mean ‘Don’t lie to me’. Slang is the extremely informal way of replacing phrases or words, with others that a certain group of people deem to be colloquially accepting during that time period. Unlike the other topics, when one goes on the topic of slang be aware that it may less important to actually teach the students slang, but rather to make them aware of certain slang alternatives and when it is and isn’t acceptable to use these phrases or words. This being said with slang, it is important to note that it should rarely ever be used in a professional environment and should be used more with close friends and family. With the explosion of technology, it is believed that slang is now also commonly written through texts messages and messaging applications a like. While grammar is without doubt the foundation blocks of the ‘house of language’, it is thought that idioms, slang, and phrasal verbs are the appliances and furniture that make this it more enjoyable and easier to live. In conclusion, it is believed that students receiving knowledge on these topics will give one the skills to communicate in a more creative or precise way with any audience that one may encounter.