April 21

English C1 Speaking: 10 Idioms For Expressing Opinions, Likes and Dislikes

How to express opinions, likes and dislikes with idioms in C1 Speaking? Let’s find out!

Hello, this is Kristian from Cambridge Advanced Speaking, how is it going? I’ve been a bit under the weather this week, but today I’m full of beans, and I hope you’re feeling the same.

If you didn’t know, I run the website Get Ready For Success, and there you can find the audio files, videoclips and lesson notes for all the podcast episodes.

In addition, I’m also the founder of the C1 Speaking Club. In this private community we help each other build a powerful English speaking habit, in order to go from struggling speaker to confident communicator.

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Question 1: When are the live lessons in the Speaking Club?

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Question 2: When are the speaking practice breakout rooms?

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All right, that’s all about the C1 Speaking Club. Let’s move onto today’s topic.


In this PDF, I will show you lots of useful idioms for C1 Speaking and your daily life that you can use for any topic.

Idioms are important because they help you understand natural English in your daily life, and also because you need to use ‘some less common and idiomatic vocabulary’ to get a high mark in your exam.

Many students find idioms a challenge – Which do I learn? How do I use them?

Well, there are thousands of them, and I suggest you should learn 1 or 2 idioms a day as a regular part of your daily English diet.

That said, I urge you to learn them in context. Rather than going to lists, I would note them as you hear them in context, such as a podcast or TV series.

All right, let’s get cracking.

Idioms for expressing opinions

In C1 Speaking you are often asked to give your opinion on a topic, and there are different idiomatic expressions you can use to express your opinion.

Let’s take the following question:

Many governments are investing in space travel. What do you think about this?

You could reply with either of the following:

My take on this is, it’s a good idea, because our planet is in danger.”

To my way of thinking, it’s a bad idea, because we don’t have the money.”

If you are unsure about your opinion, you could say one of the following;

“I’m not sure, really. I’m in two minds about this. (It is true that there are existential threats… That said, we just don’t have the money… )”

“Well, to be honest, I think I’m on the fence. (On the one hand… on the other hand…)”

Idioms for expressing likes and dislikes

Very often, you are asked whether you like something or not. For example:

Do you like reading / your job / ChatGTP?

Here are 6 useful idioms for that you can use in this case. The first couple is to say you really like it, the second pair is if you don’t care or you are indifferent, and the third set is to say you don’t like it.

  1. It’s the bee’s knees / It’s the best thing since sliced bread = I love it
  2. I can take it or leave it / I don’t give a hoot = I don’t care / mind
  3. It’s not my cup of tea / it doesn’t float my boat = I don’t like it

Here are some examples:

  1. “I love ChatGTP. It’s the best thing since sliced bread!”
  2. “I used to like my job, but these days I don’t care much about it. I can take it or leave it.”
  3. “I don’t like reading. It’s not my cup of tea.”

Closing Notes

Okay then, in this episode we have been talking about 10 different idioms.

Remember, always learn idioms in context, and just learn 1 or 2 a day. Idioms are fun because they help you add colour, metaphor and humour to your speech. This is why they are used quite a lot.

But be careful! Don’t overuse them in your speech, it won’t sound natural – It’s like cooking: too much salt and pepper will ruin the flavour of your food!

Now of course, this podcast episode is just the start. You should practise, repeat and review these idioms. If you’d like to do that with a group of motivated learners of English, why not join the C1 Speaking Club? It’s the perfect place to build a powerful English speaking habit.

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So why not give it a try? Join today and become part of an engaging community, where people like you are helping and motivating each other to become better English speakers.

The place to go to and become a member is getreadyforsuccess.com, and there you click on the big yellow C1 Speaking Club button. I hope to see you on the inside!

All right, that’s all from me. Take care of yourself, and each other.

Speak soon, my friends.


About the Author

As a Dutch proficient speaker of English, Kristian not only holds a grade A Cambridge C2 certificate but is also CELTA qualified. His five years of experience as a teacher and ESL exam coach, specialising in Cambridge English C1, C2, and IELTS, has equipped him with a unique blend of skills to guide and support your English learning journey.

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