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Straight outta ESL class: Learning English by learning slang

from Public Radio International

Donald Chung stood in front of his classmates at the UCLA Extension school and started to throw a fit — well, as much as the mild–mannered student from Taiwan could muster. "I don't know what he's trying to pull," Chung said. "The guy's a total flake!" His friend Jiu Hua Zhang chimed in: "You said it!" The students had spent a good portion of the class practicing these expressions as part of their "street talk" course. In many foreign countries, English classes start as early as preschool. But thousands of students still come to the U.S. to get what they can't get back home: the idioms, the catchphrases — the slang. more

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