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. 


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? 


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.

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