There are many ways you can make yourself sound smarter and give other people the impression that you know exactly what you’re talking about.
You can dedicate an enormous amount of time learning sophisticated English vocabulary and then try to use it in your daily conversations.
You can do loads of reading and research into a wide variety of subjects so that a few years down the line you can become a really erudite person.
Or, you can learn the most commonly used English idiomatic expressions which will add substance to your English speech and make you sound smarter even on occasions when you’re not saying anything of a particular importance!
Let’s take, for example, the following sentence:
“I stayed at home because I was feeling unwell.”
It’s a 100% correct English sentence, there’s nothing wrong with it.
You can, however, stick in a couple of idiomatic expressions to make it a bit longer; to make it into a proper conversational sentence:
“To tell you the truth, I stayed at home for the simple reason that I was feeling unwell, to say the least.”
Now, can you see how lively this sentence has become? You’re saying pretty much the same thing, but it definitely creates an impression that you’re 100% involved in the conversation; and it does actually add more substance to the sentence as well.
The first phrase – “To tell you the truth” – kind of implies that you’re being totally honest with the person you’re speaking with; the second phrase (which is actually today’s idiomatic expression!) – “for the simple reason that” – emphasizes the fact that you were just sick, there was nothing more to your absence.
The last bit – “to say the least” – stresses the severity of the illness so that your conversation partner can understand that you really didn’t have a choice; you simply had to stay at home.
Now, can you see how well these various idiomatic expressions can spruce up your otherwise potentially boring conversations?
Then make sure to learn all these phrases, and watch the video above on more sample sentences with the phrase “for the simple reason that…” in them!