How to learn idioms and phrases?
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I received an email yesterday from one of an active member of our blog who said-
“I really love your blog. The articles and your way of teaching is something that I dig a lot. In your recent blog about idioms you explained the idiom really well and I understood that as well, but I forgot it after two days. I would really love if you see this topic (how to learn) in your blog because if I am feeling this issue, it is possible that other people are also feeling the same- Pankaj, India”
Well…Thanks for the reply. Hopefully by the end of this bog post we will be able to make a difference and clear your doubt.
So without further ado, let get down to the business:
When was the last time you saw any interesting movie? I guess you still remember many of the dialogues from the movie.
You know why?
Reason- According to science anything seen or heard in context of something leaves a deep impact in our mind, hence it is easy for a person to relate each concept of what he saw or heard in the scenario down the line.
It is for this reason we try to find the most appropriate image according to that particular idiom, phrase or collocation so that it may help you create a link with that particular word and you remember better. Next thing is we first tell a short scenario where we use the particular idiom or phrase many a times so that you get used to the way it is used in sentences. There are many examples as well, which further clears your doubts regarding that particular idiom or phrase along with the normal sentence without the use of the idiom so that you understand where to substitute the particular given idiom or phrase.
But now, let me tell you something. Though we do our best to imprint the particular phrase or idiom in the minds of our reader, it is not sufficient yet. We do our 100 percent but we are not magicians. You also got to put in some extra effort to learn and go along with our course. Don’t worry we won’t ask much; rather just few minutes of your day complete you exercise.
Yes! You have to complete some exercise as well to improve and learn. So what you have to do is to read our blogs attentively and think of a context when you could use the particular given phrase. Use the comment box as your exercise sheet and write your own sentences using the given idiom or phrase. Next you have to open your mobile video recorder or your camera and think of a situation where you can use that particular idiom and try speaking a few sentences about the scenario using that idiom and see how you could say that better. I call this ‘The film technique’ which has tons of benefits if you notice. On the one hand it helps in your spoken English and building confidence while on the flipside it can be used to see how you can further improve and sound even more natural.
Moreover if you ever feel like you need help regarding this or a check whether you are speaking properly, don’t hesitate just send me your audio on- [email protected] and I will suggest you how you can say that better (since we get tons of emails, it is not possible to listen every audio and reply but we try our best).
So follow these techniques and you will notice a major change in you present scenario.
Till then take care and?