(1) Collocations are important.
(1) If you want to express yourself well you must learn chunks of language: groups of words that naturally go together – collocations.
(2) To do this you should try to use the collocation in several real sentences/paragraphs.
(3) You can practise saying it in your head.
(4) You must use real examples to help you remember – things you actually believe. Students often give stupid examples and then say “it’s just for example” – this will not help you to remember. Use real ideas / facts / beliefs – keep doing it – and you will remember (some!).
(5) Don’t try to learn a lot: choose a phrase you think you can use and practise it.
Listen to my introduction below:
(2) “it is highly fashionable in some circles” [to claim that (argue that / say that)]
Meaning: “in some circles” means “within some groups of people.” This is a useful phrase by itself.
Adverb: the adverb “highly” collocates naturally with “fashionable“
Use: this is used when I do not have that view.
Example: It is highly fashionable in some circles to argue that footballers like Beckham are overpaid. However, I completely disagree with this view because..
Or: It is highly fashionable in some circles to argue that footballers like Beckham are overpaid because they make very little contribution to society compared with a doctor, for example.
Here is is still clear that I do not agree with that view – I am writing about somebody else’s opinion.
Listen to me below:
(3) Tourism text.
Click here to open the tourism text.
Search “TB8″ for other exercises on th etext.
(3) Express yourself.
Make at least 3 reasonable sentences (that you believe are true) using the phrase and also think how you would continue it – link it to the next idea – in two ways: (1) explaining why you do not think that and (2) explaining why others do.
If you learn 1 good collocation / phrase a day you will soon have a great range of natural language!