Earlier in the month, our front desk team posted about their favorite idioms. Today, some of our English students wanted to share their phrases which they like to use in their speeches and presentations. Our students really enjoy these native-speaker expressions, and they’re really good at using them! If you’re interested in learning to speak like a native speaker, EC is the “cream of the crop” out of esl schools in boston!
Without further ado…
Lim likes this phrase because it’s very useful for transitioning from the not-so-serious into the serious. What we mean by this is, imagine you’re starting a presentation with some general chit-chat — maybe you’re talking about the weather, or about last night’s football game. Then, when you’re ready to start getting serious, you tell the audience, ‘Without further ado, I’d like to introduce the main topic of today’s presentation.’
It breaks down like this…
Faisal says he heard this one in a famous movie, and he came to school the next day to ask exactly how he could use it. Basically, when you’re talking about a complicated idea or you’re about to describe a long process, make it easier for your audience. Talk about it one piece at a time. Break it down into smaller pieces! Like this: ‘This application process is more simple than you might think. Look, it breaks down like this: first…’
…and the rest is history!
Tomoya uses lots of phrases and idioms in his speaking. While this one isn’t his most common, he says it’s the one he enjoys using the most. You say ‘and the rest is history’ to end (or wrap up) a story early, if the audience already knows the end. And that’s what it means: it’s like saying, ‘…and I’m finishing my story now because you already know the end of it.’
…and that’s all there is to it.
Nawaf calls this one ‘The ultimate informal conclusion.’ It’s a different way of concluding compared to Tomoya’s phrase. This one means, ‘I’ve explained everything now, see, wasn’t that simple?’ For example, you’ve taken a friend to a new restaurant. They’re confused. No problem! You tell them: ‘Just go up to the bar, pick your menu item, pay at the end, and that’s all there is to it!’
We hope you like the phrases we’ve been teaching to our students. Some of our students focus more on academic language. However, many of our students love phrases like these. What’s more, they build a dictionary of them, and they practice every day!