COLLOQUIAL SPEECH – a form of expression (word or phrase) used in informal speech.


People who learn another language will in all probability find this form of communication,difficult.  One has to learn the grammatical “twists and turns” of the language very well before all becomes clear.


Recently tutoring non English speakers, the following caused frowns, half smiles and downright irritation.


 ABACK  – I was taken aback meaning I was surprised.

TURN DOWN  –  She was refused a new position in the firm.

HAPPY GO LUCKY  –  This could suggest a carefree or a patient person.

LONG WINDED  –  The speaker gave a speech that was boring, long and rambling.