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. 


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? 


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. Put on one's thinking cap
  7. It's not rocket science.
  8. The facts speak for themselves.

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