About a month ago, I wrote this advice about collecting collocations. One way to build your collection of collocations and phrases is by listening to native speakers as often as possible.
But listening alone is not enough. You need to notice and write down the collocations and phrases that you hear, and you need to start using them yourself.
For example, watch the first 2 minutes of the following presentation, then fill the gaps to complete the collocations and phrases below it.
Collocations and phrases from the first 2 minutes:
- real, substantial _____
- make a difference
- putting obstacles and barriers in our _____
- I’ll give you some examples of what I mean
- information laid _____ clearly
- the manner in which we… (do something)
- put a price _____ on (something)
- freedom of _____
Of course, if you find the talk interesting, watch the rest of it!