TOEFL Insider #97

Use these idioms in the TOEFL Speaking

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Here’s a tip from Jamie Tanzman, one of our TOEFL Teachers.

A student from Mexico recently shared that she’d like to incorporate idioms into her responses, but they are really difficult to use properly. One good thing about the TOEFL is that there are only four TOEFL Speaking questions, so instead of studying a bunch of idioms, it would be much better to just learn a few.

There are some popular recurring themes in TOEFL Speaking question one:

  1. Academics
  2. Money
  3. Time
  4. Adventure

For academics, use this phrase “pass with flying colors”, which means to perform well on a test.
For money, try the phrase “save every penny” when talking about conserving your wealth.
For time, you might use the phrase “time is money” to emphasize the importance of not wasting time.
For adventure, an idiom like “you only live once” highlights the importance of trying new experiences.

However, try these phrases out on a friend or meet with a TOEFL teacher first. It’s not just what you say but how you say it. But if you use these phrases comfortably and naturally on test day, it will have a positive impact on your performance.”

– Jamie

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