5 Great Idioms in English for Arabic Speakers

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“Break it up” doesn’t mean to break something! Learn what it really means below!

We chose this list of American English idioms because they place emphasis on words that begin with the letter ‘B’. When learning English, many native Arabic speakers will mispronounce the /b/ sound in English with the /p/ sound. So here are five idioms that start with or contain plenty of “B words” to help you practice getting rid of that tendency to pronounce with the /p/ sound. Here we go!

Break it up: This can mean two things. One, to stop a fight or confrontation, and two, to separate a mass into pieces.

Used in sentences:

“Hey, break it up you two! I’ve had enough of your constant battle over the blender!”

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“When baking brownies, wait until the pan of brownies has cooled before you break it up into squares.”

Better off: This means your life will be easier if you exclude something or someone currently in your life.

Used in a sentence:

“You’re better off without Barbara anyway, she’s always so hard on you, even when you’ve done nothing wrong.”

Browbeating: This is when someone uses words to aggressively attack someone, often in public.

Used in a sentence:

“Ben really browbeats Bob a lot in class, it’s like he’s trying to prove he’s the better biologist. All it does is make Ben look insecure.”

Beat around the bush: This is when someone continuously talks without getting to the point at hand that everyone is waiting for them to get to—usually because they don’t want to divulge the information they have.

Used in a sentence:

“Bill just kept beating around the bush at lunch today. All we wanted to know was whether or not he knew where the baseball bats were. If he doesn’t know, he should just say so.”

Back to the grind: This means to get back to work that needs to be done, usually used in the context of a relaxed period in which procrastination is taking over time needed to complete a project.

Used in a sentence:

“Well Brenda, back to the grind—we have tons of books to research and highlight before we can even start writing our dissertation.”

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Immigration & Your Pronunciation: Does One Affect the Other?

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The American Dream is as much yours as anyone else’s!

The discussions on immigration reform have always existed, but with the government deficit growing, many citizens are suggesting more action from the government. Some citizens are for immigration reform, while others are against it; but either way, the current discussions often affect foreigners and immigrants living in the United States.

While unfortunate, there are currently no laws in America that consider making a decision on an applicant due to their accent a form of legal discrimination. Because of this, it’s becoming ever important for foreigners and immigrants living in the United States to improve American English pronunciation in order to be seen as an individual and not simply an immigrant. How strong of an accent you have as a foreigner and your ability to communicate in English, can impact how citizens view you and decide if you’re qualified enough to rent a property, be given a job, and be seen as reliable.

Trying to communicate clearly with others can be an overwhelming experience as a foreigner or immigrant living in America. While many individuals try to learn English by immersing themselves in the language, there can often be a variety of pronunciation and grammatical errors that get picked up when trying to learn on your own. Everything from bringing your native accent into how you speak American English to what sounds and words you stress in a sentence can cause miscommunication and hinder your opportunities for a better future and accomplishing the “American Dream.”

To learn English pronunciation correctly many immigrants are starting to work with certified Speech Pathologists in a personal one-on-one setting where they can get the help and guidance they need. Many ASHA Certified Pathologists offer online pronunciation courses, where learners can have access to worksheets, mp3 files, and a variety of other tools to help them work on their English pronunciation in their own time. Pronunciation Pro for example, offers a 12-week course to greatly improve your American English pronunciation 100% guaranteed or your money back. Working with online ASHA certified Speech Pathologists can help you be seen for more than your accent and help build your confidence to speak English confidently through strong communication skills.

If you are a foreigner or immigrant to the United States and you feel that your native accent is hindering your ability to communicate clearly in American English, working with an online Speech Pathologist can improve your pronunciation and help improve your communication skills and confidence. Learn more today about how you can be speak like an American native in just three months!

Is Pronunciation an Issue You’re Willing to Face?

Americans with pronunciation problems and accent reduction for AmericansThroughout the United States, American English varies from one part of the country to another. Many citizens who speak English as their first language have learned to pronounce words and phrases based on how their families and friends talk, rather than from teachers and books. Mispronouncing words based on heavily accented regional diction can cause static in communication, and while every region in the United States has a dialect, how you speak can affect how people perceive you.

Depending on what region you’re from in America, fellow citizens may assert that people in other parts of the country speak with a drawl or twang or that in some places the residents may speak too fast; in others, slowly. Unfortunately, differences in pronunciation have contributed to widely held stereotypes, for instance, that Southerners are friendly but perhaps not as intelligent as Northerners, and that Northerners may be more rude.

For professionals who want to break free of regional diction stereotypes, taking pronunciation classes can help increase confidence and be seen more as an individual, and less as a stereotype.

Online pronunciation classes are becoming highly sought-after with one in five people working on accent reduction in order to sound more sophisticated at a job interview or to be considered more professional by clients. Within the competitive job market, individuals from Texas, Boston, and New York are most likely to work on accent reduction in order to break free of regional stereotypes, specifically for phone interviews. In a study of 1,000 adults by Trulawn found that eight percent of Britons have worked on accent reduction in order to sound more posh, while many of the well heeled in politics and law have adapted their current dialect in order to appear more ‘of the people.’

While the motives are many and varied, taking online accent reduction classes can help users speak with more confidence and come off more clearly and trustworthy to others. Stop being boxed in as a stereotype of where you’re from, and start being seen for the unique person that you are. Start reaching for your full potential today!