In today's episode of the More Than English Podcast, I give you a simple trick that you can use today to increase your vocabulary in a natural way. It's actually a two-part trick. Part 1 is to talk to yourself in English when you're doing some daily tasks, for example, when you're driving, washing the dishes, walking the dog, or any other thing when you talk to yourself. Do that in English. Part 2 is to write down any new vocabulary words or expressions that you look up in a dictionary or hear in a movie or a podcast or a song. Keep a notebook with you to always have that also in the back of your mind.
You'll hear these expressions in the podcast.
VOCABULARY and EXPRESSIONS
(The words and terms are in order of when you will hear them)
Vice-versa – The other way around
“We’re applying how we learn English to also learning other things in life – or vice-versa, how we apply learning other things in life to our language learning.”
To see something from both sides of the spectrum –
“I kind of see language learning from both sides of the spectrum.” (As a language
teacher and a learner.)
Let’s face it… - Using this will help you sound more fluent to say something honestly.
“Let’s face it, teachers put in a lot of time… but as a learner, a lot of these activities
don’t apply to the real world.”
The internet goes down – The internet stopped working temporarily
“What do you say when you have to call customer service because the internet went
Exponentially (adv.) – To increase something A LOT
“It’s helping me exponentially as a teacher.”
Practice what you preach – To actually do what you tell other people to do
“I tell my students to do it, and I should practice what I preach.”
That’s beside the point – An expression to say what you’ve said isn’t in the topic of what you’re
That’s neither here nor there – To express that something is irrelevant to what you’re talking
“My bag isn’t like a traditional fanny pack; it’s a fashionable leather one, but that’s
beside the point. That’s neither here nor there.”
A habit to get into – Use “get into” for a habit when you’re starting it.
“Repeating what you hear in English will be a useful habit to get into.”
To say something under your breath – To whisper something to yourself
“Sometimes, I will repeat an expression I hear under my breath.”
On a side note – Talk mention issue that is not directly related to the rest of your message
“On a side note, it’s good motivation for other people to help you.”
In one ear, out the other – Something you hear, but you don’t pay attention to. (Hear, but don’t listen)
“You’ll start picking up on some expressions that normally would go in one ear and out
Write the expressions you like below. Also write them in context and a sentence. Share those with me below in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.
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