Speaking Test Strategies 22 Idioms and natural expressions

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Be natural.

Using a couple of natural expressions is an easy way to seem fluent. Be careful to use them with natural pacing and in the right context—this lesson will show you how. 

Introduction: 

What are the benefits of using idioms? What are the risks of using them? 

Warm Up: 

What are some idioms you understand when you hear them? What idioms have you actually used before? 

Language: 

Look at the idioms and set phrases below, and practice saying them naturally. Think of a time you could use it.

  1. Well, off the top of my head, I'd say…
  2. To be honest…
  3. In a nutshell…
  4. The sky's the limit!
  5. Win-win situation…
  6. Off the cuff…
  7. It's not rocket science.
  8. Let me mull it (that) over.
Practice: 

Now that you've chosen some idioms to use, practice using them in full test answers.