Let’s face it, depending on the situation, it can be tough to express admiration for the people that you really love and appreciate. So here are some tips from EXSELLme to help you out with this mammoth task of juggling between being frank and diplomatic. Feel free to read through these then print them out and keep them handy so that when the time strikes you will be ready to impress. Remember, however, that your brain is just like any other muscle in your body in that it needs training in order to assimilate new information – and in this case, new words and expressions. So when it comes to languages, practice truly makes perfect. Help your memory work for you by repeating the words and expressions you wish to remember over and over again. Repetition is really the magic you are looking for when picking up a foreign language.
This is one of those super-words that you can use and abuse freely when praising the people themselves or their performance. Well done – the work you did on that project was outstanding! or simply She is outstanding!
2. An Hard Act To Follow
As dodgy as it sounds, it is actually one of the best ways to praise someone in the professional context. I’m slightly worried about taking over the team from Anna – she is a hard act to follow!
3. Out Of This World
Feel free to use this one both for people and the experiences you have had with them. That lake we visited last summer was simply out of this world!
4. Second To None
If you are second to none, it simply means that there is no one in the world better than you. Or, in other words, that you are the best. Jessica is the best teacher I have ever had; she is second to none, really!
Whether it is their work or their ideas you are referring to, feel free to give this out left, right and centre for more impact. Professor Blake’s research was incredible – she has really done some ground-breaking work on this project!
That’s it for now. Enjoy practising these words and expressions in real life. As you can see, you do not need formal English language sessions to better yourself and to brighten up someone else’s day. However, should you wish to polish your English, we will be happy to see you in London for one of our English Language Immersion Weeks in summer – or simply organise some skype sessions wherever you are in the world. Get in touch if need be. Remember, in France you can get the CPF funding for all our professional training sessions!