A fun-loving part-time philosopher/psychologist/writer and full-time teacher of English from Austin, Texas, USA. My chief passion in life is promoting understanding and effective communication between people, through breaking down language barriers. Since I’m American, I have a particular interest in promoting a better understanding and appreciation of American English worldwide. As I see it, the biggest obstacle foreigners face in understanding Americans lies in the fact that American English is replete with idioms and phrasal verbs. And since idioms and phrasal verbs have unique meanings and are never to be understood literally, to fully understand Americans, it is essential for foreigners to know what these idioms and phrasal verbs mean to Americans. My desire in helping overcome this problem is what led me to teaching English – with a primary focus on American idioms and phrasal verbs.