Do you struggle to speak fluent English? Do you know all the Grammar rules, but still
your English doesn’t sound fluent? Do you get stuck while speaking English?
If your answer to all the above questions is YES, you have just clicked the right video.
In this English lesson series, I will teach you 50 smart English phrases for everyday
English conversation. This is a 5 part English lesson series and you are watching the first
part of this series. Each lesson will cover 10 smart English phrases, with example sentences
for practice so that you sound confident and fluent in English. I am Sara, A native English
speaker and my accent is the modified version of Received pronunciation that is the standard
British Accent. It would help you improve your pronunciation and listening skills. Sounds
Interesting, let’s get started.
The first smart phrase I have for you is - You must learn to hold your tongue, You must learn
to hold your tongue, This phrase could have multiple meanings, first - you should learn
to remain silent. Second, you should learn to listen to and not always talk. Third, Avoid
giving unnecessary information. You must learn to hold your tongue. Here are some example
Once the customer has agreed to make the purchase, you must hold your tongue. Don’t confuse
them further. If you are into sales and marketing, this is the first rule they teach you while
dealing with customers.
Why don’t you learn to hold your tongue and allow me to express my opinion? This might
sound a bit rude, but sometimes you have to be direct and ask someone to shut up when
they don’t allow you to speak. But be careful while using it.
Now it’s your turn, I want you to practice using these smart phrases. Why don’t you
pause the video and write a sentence in the comments using these smart phrases, It would
help you remember them faster. I would love to read your comments.
Next up is, It’s a far cry, What do you mean by - It’s a far cry. An interesting
phrase isn’t it?. It simply means - Something is difficult to achieve. It could be a goal
that looks difficult. It could also mean that success is far away.
To vaccinate the entire world's population for coronavirus is a far cry. Don’t you
think vaccinating the entire world, that’s 8 billion people, is a difficult goal, even
if we get a vaccine today? It’s a far cry.
Up next is - This is awfully out of date. Something that is old and out of use is awfully
out of date. I am sure it is simple to understand. Something that is not relevant today. OR.
Something that is too old to be used.
Do you want me to use this computer, it’s awfully out of date.
No wonder why your phone isn’t working, it’s awfully out of date.
Moving on Next up at no 4 is - You can be an agent of change, you can be an agent of
change. This phrase is so motivating and encouraging. It means, you can be a trendsetter, OR you
can change the system with your ideas.
Don’t be afraid to pitch your ideas, they are great, you could be the next agent of
The next smart phrase is - You are in the cockpit, you are…. in the cockpit. Have
you seen a plane's cockpit? Who is in charge of the cockpit, a pilot? This phrase means
you are in charge of something. Or you need to learn to control things. In short, You
are the big boss. Isn’t is a smart phrase, let’s look at some examples.
With you in the cockpit, I assume we will succeed in this cut-throat market.
Here cut-throat means, very competitive, I have taught you this word in the Stop Using
Very lesson series, If you haven’t watched it there’s a link in the description, I
have taught you 50 advanced English words to use instead of very, do watch it, It would
help you improve your English vocabulary.
John’s in the cockpit. Well! may God save this company.
It sounds sarcastic, isn’t it? You didn’t expect John to be promoted as the next big
Next up we have - Don’t dabble around here, don't dabble around here. it means do not
mess around here or do not fool around here. Or it could also mean, just don’t be present
casually, participate or be helpful. We are here to discuss a solution to our problems,
just don’t dabble around here.
Next on the list is - Don’t get tied up with old ideas. Don’t get tied up with old
ideas. It’s pretty simple to understand. Be ready and accept the change. Adopt a new
way of thinking. Or it could mean, learn Walk with the time. Interesting phrase uh..., I
love using it all the time. If we have to succeed in business, we can’t
be tied up with old ideas. We need to invest in online marketing. Of course, as a business,
you can’t miss the online audience in this internet age.
Here’s the next one - I am prepared to meet you halfway - I am prepared to meet you
halfway, this phrase is usually used in negotiations and it means - I am ready to make a compromise.
OR I am ready to make concessions for you, let’s understand it better with an example
If you make the required changes to the product design, I am prepared to meet you halfway
on the price.
They settled the divorce argument by meeting each other halfway.
Next up I have - Go meet them eyeball to eyeball. Seems like a super encouraging phrase, of
course, it is, it means - be brave and fight it out. Go and face the situation, no matter
how difficult it is.
Rather than covering up the mess, meet the boss eyeball to eyeball and admit your mistake.
Last but not least - If you don’t know the answer, duck it. Have you been in such
a situation where you had to avoid answering a question? This phrase could be used as advice,
it means If you don’t know the answer, avoid answering the question. Here, to duck means
to avoid something.
Be careful with what you say at the press conference if you don’t want to answer,
just duck it and move on.
The actor ducked all the questions about her involvement with the co-actor.
That’s all for today, I hope you found all these phrases useful and try using them in
your conversation to speak English fluently and confidently.
Thanks for watching, I will see you soon, with the next part with 10 more smart English
phrases, until then, as I always say, keep learning, keep practising English. Bye.