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Idiomatic English

The use of idiomatic phrases by British native speakers sometimes causes communication problems.

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Read the text about the use of idiomatic phrases and answer the IELTS-type questions. Match the two halves of the sentences.

Although the British enjoy using idiomatic phrases in informal communication this can be problematic when interacting with non-native speakers. When this form of interaction takes place, native to non-native, it’s important for the native speaker to alter their speech accordingly rather than insisting on using phrases that the rest of the world does not understand. Recent research at the University of Peterborough has found that native English speakers who do not adjust their language can struggle to be understood. This could mean that in as little as three decades native speakers could be at a disadvantage with the other English-speakers of the world as they will communicate much more effectively. The research was carried out on students from different EU countries who were studying in the UK. Students from countries as varied as Italy, Hungary, and Denmark noted that they could speak to each other with perfect ease but usually had trouble when communicating with native English speakers. Their inability to regulate their vocabulary has been described as “a sort of laziness, even as an arrogance” and wonder why they are not willing to make an effort. In the long term, this dynamic may cause a schism, as other countries see the English speakers as being aloof and distant.

  1. Native speakers should change their speech
  1. may find themselves in an unfavourable position
  1. Research has discovered that people who do not change their speech
  1. to communicate with native speakers
  1. In the near future, native speakers
  1. will find it difficult to be understood
  1. Students from mainland Europe have often found it difficult
  1. so that non-native speakers can understand

 

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Answers

  1. Native speakers should change their speech
  1. so that non-native speakers can understand
  1. Research has discovered that people who do not change their speech
  1. will find it difficult to be understood
  1. In the near future, native speakers
  1. may find themselves in an unfavourable position
  1. Students from mainland Europe have often found it difficult
  1. to communicate with native speakers