Vocabulary for speaking in English about knowledge & skills

We must equip ourselves with the right grammar and vocabulary for speaking in English about knoweldge and skills. Are you equipped? Try the quiz below to check your level. If you get stuck anywhere you can refer to the vocabulary list provided below the quiz for help.


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Vocabulary for speaking in English about studies

Take it/something in.

Meaning: Fully understand and remember what you hear, see or read.

Usage: Unless you have an idea about the subject, it’s hard to take in the spiritual discourse.

Have got a good head for something.

Meaning: Be naturally good at doing calculations, remembering facts etc.

Usage: History is a great subject to study, provided you have the head for it.

Slip your mind

Meaning: If something slips your mind, you forget it or you forget to do it.

Usage: I completely forgot about the presentation and I don’t understand how it slipped my mind.

Know something like the back of your hand.

Meaning: Know a place very well.

Usage: If you have lived many years in a city, it’s likely that you know the place like the back of your hand.

Get the hang of doing something.

Meaning: Learn or begin to understand how to do something.

Usage: It’s been only a few days since you joined the French class, another few days and I’m sure you’l get the hang of it.

Know what you are doing.

Meaning: Have experience in doing something and understand it fully.

Usage: He has been a coach for the primary school kids for a few years now. He certainly knows what he is doing.

Out of practice.

Meaning: Less good at doing something than you used to be, because you haven’t done it for some time.

Usage: I used to be fast bowler back in my college days, but I’ve been out of practice since then.

Give something a try.

Meaning: Make an attempt to do something.

Usage: I have always wanted to participate in a dance competition but am too shy. I will give it a try this time.

Any good at something.

Meaning: Able to do something well.

Usage: If you are any good at mathematics, would you please help me out with these problems?

No good at.

Meaning: Unable to do something well.

Usage: George is no good at doing a meticulous job. He is sure to create confusion.

Good with his/her hands.

Meaning: Able to use his/her hands well.

Usage: When it comes to doing some customized wall paintings for your room, get Monica to help you. She is good with her hands.

No good with something.

Meaning: Unable to deal with something well.

Usage: He is no good with people management skills. If you bring him on board he will make matters worse for your team.

Speaking activity @ WhatsApp Group

To allow our students to to practice using these new words in real life English speaking we conduct speaking activties on our Whatsapp groups of students. The speakig acitivity for this lesson is as follows:

English Speaking Task:

You have to remember your college days and think of the following types of courses:

  1. A course which had difficult concepts : Now record on our Whatsapp group one line about this course using the phrase “sink in” and share
  2. A teacher or a classmate that nobody used to listen to: Now record on our Whatsapp group one line about this person using the phrase “goes in one ear and out the other” and share

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Speaking in English about studies

We must equip ourselves with the right grammar and vocabulary for speaking in English about studies or training because we live in a world where we have to constantly learn new things.

  1. When you are attending a training session in your office you may have to refer to it during your team meeting etc.
  2. When you are preparing for examinations like IELTS where in the speaking test you may be asked about your experience in college classrooms or training sessions.
  3. When you are appearing for any interview you may be asked about your college days or your favorite courses etc.