How can you use these new expressions?
You know that practice is necessary for any new phrases or expressions you learn. And with these expressions, practice is especially important because it will help you get more comfortable with communicating your ideas in English. So, how can you practice them? Here are some creative ideas:
1. Write a Short Dialogue
When people share ideas with each other, they often do so in the forms of narratives or stories, right? Think about it. When you catch up with your friends over coffee or over the phone, you tell each other “stories” about things that have been going on in your life, and you have a dialogue.
A dialogue is just a written conversation between two or more people, as you might see in the script for a play. So, imagine that you’re talking to a friend over the phone or coffee, and write a “script” for a dialogue about how your conversation would go. Try to use at least five of these expressions in your dialogue. And, of course, you can’t stop there. You should try to share it with a friend or an English teacher. “Acting” it out loud with someone will really help you retain the expressions.
2. Write a short report about a famous inventor or innovator
Who are some of your favorite innovators? Or who comes to mind when you think about some of the greatest ideas in history? Even if you can’t think of anyone who inspires you, think about what makes an idea great, how we get ideas, or how we lose ideas. Or think about some of the best ideas you’ve ever had.
Then, write a short essay or report about what you come up with. Be sure to use the new expressions if you can!
3. Record yourself giving a short “Ted Talk”
Why do you think TED Talks are so popular? They’re all about sharing innovative ideas and new ways of approaching modern problems. And I’m willing to bet that, if I asked you to talk about something that you’re passionate about, you could talk about it without stopping for at least five minutes.
So, why not give it a try? Use the expressions from this article and start outlining your 5-minute talk. You don’t have to write yourself a complete script, but give yourself main points and notes, and practice your speech a few times. Then, give your speech to an English teacher, or record your speech and put it on YouTube or social media. You can also just keep your recording for yourself as a memorable accomplishment.
4. Get creative!
I still remember the first song I learned in Spanish because our Spanish professor forced us to sing it out loud as a class. It was a completely new idea to me, and it made me uncomfortable at first, but in the end, I loved that she pushed us to sing together, and, ten years later, I still remember every word of that song.
My point is: Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will help stimulate your memory, and trying something you normally wouldn’t try can help you remember new words and expressions. If you’ve always loved the idea of writing fiction, write a story. If you’ve always fantasized about giving a speech in front of people, write a short speech. If you get creative, and challenge yourself just a little, it will pay off.