To get a top score for grammar in your OE T speaking test, you need to use idiomatic speech. Does this mean that you need to mention phrases like fit as a fiddle or sick as a dog or a picture of health? Not really. Now we can look into the types and how the use of idioms that you should use on test day to maximize your score.

How to use idioms to maximize your OE T speaking score?

These will boost your speaking performance. “They are critical” As you can see you scored from zero to 6 on four different factors one of those factors is resources of grammar an expression and if you look very closely to get it to the score, you need to have confident.

What does idiomatic speech mean?

Well there are actually two types of idioms in English. There are idioms that you should probably avoid in your OET speaking or certainly minimize and then there are idioms that are absolutely essential. The idioms that you should avoid or minimize accord proverbial idioms. Some proverbial idioms as in proverbs that relate to health include:

· To kick the bucket= To die

· A Bitter pill to swallow = To receive bad news

· Under the knife = To undergo surgery or to have surgery

· Under the weather = To feel sick

· Out of shape = To be unfit

So, these Out of shape= idioms are interesting and but they're not what the OET examiners are listening for in your role play. If you use one, it’s fine. If you don't use one, that's also fine. These proverbial idioms won't really increase your score and if you do use one make sure that you get it right. There's nothing worse than idiom that doesn’t make sense or is out of context. Instead, you need to use idiomatic phrases or what you can think of that is natural sounding phrases like these “in terms of, deal with, sort of, kind of, in fact, make sure, go through, at all, as well as” these are just a few examples of idiomatic phrases. There are actually thousands of them and they make your English sound natural hence why they will raise your OET speaking score.

Why these phrases are idiomatic?

Well, in and of themselves just like proverbial idioms, like kick the bucket, the individual words don't make sense or have literal meaning instead they have figurative meaning. The proverbial idiom to kick the bucket which is a funny euphemistic way to say somebody died it’s certainly not professional language and you should definitely avoid it in OET speaking. The meaning of the phrase is figurative not literal that is no one literally kicked a bucket.

Make sure you know the meaning of the phrase, then try to see through your figurative understanding to the literal meaning. The meaning of the individual words doesn’t make literal sense, it only makes sense once you understand the figurative meaning of the phrase and that's why it's an idiomatic phrase. The very common idiomatic phrase as well. If you know the meaning of this phrase, you’ll know that it’s a way of giving another example or an idiomatic way of saying in addition as in “I have a headache as well.” It’s a very natural sounding phrase that native speakers use all the time. But look at the two words in and of themselves the two individual words make no literal sense, again that's why it's idiomatic.

Native English speakers on average know about 30,000 individual words. Native English speakers on average also know about 20,000 idiomatic phrases. Idiomatic phrases are everywhere. Idiomatic phrases are the key to understanding English and sounding natural. Native English speakers know almost as many idiomatic phrases as they do individual words. They’re extremely common and there the heart of the language and the key to sounding natural.


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