3 Quick Tips To Express Yourself More Fluently In English With Idiomatic Expressions

You’ve spent a lot of time and effort learning to speak English fluently with native speakers someday. The only thing left for you to do is express yourself more naturally and efficiently.

However, if you are like most English students who want to sound formal and speak perfectly you will sound really strange. A case in point was an advanced student who once tried to tell me a joke in English. But he told it so perfectly and formally that it sounded like he was telling it to the queen.

And I imagine that you don’t intend to become a university professor, so there is no need to speak formally and try to explain everything you want to say. It is much easier to use an idiomatic expression or a bit of slang to get your ideas across to people.

Idiomatic expressions are such a powerful way to express your thoughts and ideas. You can express yourself more effectively with a simple expression that conveys your feelings…than with a hundreds of words.

So, if you want to express yourself more naturally and sound more like a native speaker….here are three quick tips to get you started.

Tip #1: Research Idiomatic Expressions

The first thing you should do is search for common idiomatic expressions that you can use to express yourself more naturally. I know this sounds really obvious, but how many English students actually do this.

The easiest way to do that is just get online and ‘google’ common idiomatic expressions. Better yet…try to find them with audio so you can learn how to pronounce them correctly.

That way, you will know what they mean without trying to translate expressions literally when you come across them in your reading.

Tip #2: Practice The Expressions You Know

Once you learn some new ways to express yourself in English…make sure that you put them to use and practice them many times.

Remember that practice makes perfect…and permanent. So the more you practice the new idiomatic expressions and slang…the better you will learn them.

So, look for ways to use these expressions when you are talking with other people in English.

Tip #3: Read A Lot

Another great way to put both of the above tips into practice at the same time is to read. While you are reading, you will see some of the idiomatic expressions and slang that you have already learned.

You will also come across many new expressions as well which means that you will be learning new ways to express yourself as well.

And better yet if you can get audio books or podcasts to go along with what you are reading as well. Not only will you see them in writing, but you will also learn how to pronounce them correctly as well.

So, constantly be on the lookout for new ways to express yourself more naturally and easily. And when you learn them…then put them into practice right away.

About The Author:

Your Personal English Trainer David A. Bailey, Jr uses the power of mini-stories to teach idiomatic expressions, slang, jargon, and other such multi-word vocabulary quickly and efficiently. Now, he’s providing powerful mini-story lessons that teach you to express yourself more effectively in the English language at the VIP English Club


  1. eleuter says:

    Your 3 quick tips have been useful to me, however the starting point is usally difficult.

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