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  • Hey, guys. What's up. Stefanie the English coach here from

  • And, in this video we are going to talk about why idioms aren't nearly as

  • important as you think they are. Okay. So first, I just want to say that one of the

  • most frequently asked questions that people ask me is, Stefanie, how can I

  • learn more idioms, how can I improve my vocabulary by learning more idioms, or

  • I'm struggling to remember all the different idioms that there are in English.

  • It's so hard. And, I'm over here kind of like why are you guys freaking

  • out about idioms. And so, I decided, you know, I just need to make a video for

  • once and for all to kind of just put this whole thing to rest. So, you guys no

  • longer have to stress out about idioms. Okay. But, first I just want to say that

  • several years ago, when I was teaching English online I had this one student

  • who I think was obsessed with learning idioms. And, every day she would come to

  • class with literally like 20 new idioms in her vocabulary. And so, when she would

  • speak. It just sounded so unnatural, she would just be like today I feel like a

  • sack of potatoes because I woke up at the crack of dawn. But, that's because the

  • apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And, I would just be like holy cow what what

  • are you saying, why don't you just use normal words to say what you're trying

  • to say. And, I think that the reason why people are so obsessed with this idea of

  • using idioms is because they know that native speakers use idioms and they want

  • to sound like a native speaker. But, I already made a video on how to sound

  • like a native speaker. And, that was not one of the tips that I gave. Okay. So,

  • first of all stop focusing so much on idioms because there's about like a

  • hundred or, you know, maybe two hundred I don't know that are very common. Those

  • are the idioms that you want to know. The rest of the idioms are regional. Okay.

  • Regional idioms that they use in specific places, specific areas, and

  • unless you're in those areas, you honestly don't need to use to use those

  • idioms. There are idioms that they use in Australia and an Ireland

  • in the UK that I don't even know exist. And, I don't care about those idioms. I

  • feel like you know the space and my brain is precious. And, I do not want to

  • occupy unnecessary or space. I do not want to occupy space with unnecessary

  • information that really really doesn't matter. So, learn the most common idioms

  • and then stop worrying about it. Okay. And then, if you go travel to a place, pick up

  • some idioms while you're there. Sure. Okay. But, be careful when you use idioms.

  • Because if you're using an idiom, that's extremely regional and specific to a

  • certain location. You know. The people you're speaking to

  • might not understand what you're saying. And, the goal of speaking English should

  • be to have clear communication. Okay. So, just a quick example though or another

  • quick example of why idioms aren't as important as you think they are. Um, one

  • of my good friends. I don't know where she learned her vocabulary because we're

  • from the same town. But, or the same you know region. But, she uses all kinds of

  • idioms that either I have never heard before or I just don't use. And, I

  • sometimes when she talks I'm just kind of like I laugh in my head because I'm

  • like I can't believe she said that. It's not bad. That's just how she talks. That's

  • natural to her, but I'm not gonna start using all the idioms she uses just

  • because she uses them. Okay. So, just because you hear a native speaker use a

  • certain idiom doesn't mean that you have to use that idiom. Okay. You want to make

  • sure that people understand you when you speak. So, don't go stringing a whole

  • bunch of idioms together in one sentence. Nobody will understand you. You won't

  • sound like a native speaker. And, you'll just sound ridiculous. Okay. And, let me

  • think if there's anything else I can tell you guys about idioms. Okay. One last

  • thing just don't whatever you do just don't waste your time studying these

  • things. Okay. There are. There's a lot more important stuff you could be studying.

  • And, I have seen students write long lists of vocabulary, long lists of idioms.

  • And, I'm just like who is teaching these antiquated methods of learning, like stop

  • stop with the list, stop with all of that. Okay. Pick up things as you go.

  • Pick up words. Pick up phrases. Pick up vocabulary. Pick up idioms as you learn them.

  • So, if you see an idiom in a TV show, and you don't know what it means. Go look

  • it up in the dictionary. If you really like it then incorporate it into your

  • vocabulary or and practice it. But, what I tend to do when I learn Spanish or when

  • I learn the new phrase in Spanish is I don't incorporate it right away into my

  • vocabulary. I wait till I've heard something about 20 times in context.

  • Sometimes I wait till I've heard something a hundred times in context

  • before I actually start using it. Because then you learn how to use it as native

  • speakers use it. Okay. Because if not you just might throw in idioms where they

  • don't belong and that it's not gonna make you sound more like a native

  • speaker. It's actually gonna make you sound like you don't know what you're

  • talking about. Okay. So, I hope you guys find this video

  • helpful. Feel free to let me know in the comments what you think about this idea.

  • I hope you guys don't waste all your time, you know, studying idioms. When

  • there's a lot of other important things you could be studying in English. Okay.

  • Take care and we'll talk soon. Bye. Hey guys, thanks so much for watching

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  • Thanks again and I'll see you guys in another video. Bye!

Hey, guys. What's up. Stefanie the English coach here from

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Why Idioms Aren't NEARLY As Important As You Think They Are

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    Samuel posted on 2018/03/29
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