Speaking Test Strategies 22 Idioms and natural expressions

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 will show you how. 

Introduction: 

What's the benefit of using idioms? What's the risk of using them? 

Warm Up: 

What are some idioms you know? What idioms have you used before? 

Language: 

Look at the idioms and set phrases below, and practice saying them naturally. Decide if it suits your speaking style, and think of a time you can use it: 

  1. Well, off the top of my head, I'd say... 
  2. To be honest... 
  3. In a nutshell...
  4. Sky's the limit.
  5. Win-win situation...
  6. Off the cuff...
  7. It's not rocket science.
  8. Mull over...
  9. I would guesstimate that...
Practice: 

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