English Idiomatic Expression: “Needless To Say”

by idiomrobby777 on September 6, 2013

Hello boys and girls, I’m back with another English idiomatic expression!

This time around I’m going to look at the following phrase: “needless to say”, and I think this one is quite self-explanatory.

Basically you can use this phrase whenever you’re going to say something common sense, something that is very logical and straightforward, something that may as well not be said because it kind of goes without saying.

Let’s say, for example, you’re filling your friend in on something that happened while he wasn’t at work, and here’s what you’re saying:

“… and then Jane told him everything she thought of him and needless to say, he hasn’t spoken to her since!”

Now, it’s not necessarily that whatever you’re saying after the phrase “needless to say” can be as well omitted. In the above example the fact that the person in question hasn’t spoken to Jane ever since the argument occurred can’t be inferred from the first part of the statement alone, so probably the best definition of this particular English idiomatic expression is the following:

Just as expected, this or that particular thing happened.

Would you like to hear more sample sentences containing today’s English expression?

Then watch the video above and needless to say – don’t forget to put this newly acquired English phrase to practice and add it onto your active vocabulary by doing some spoken English practice with yourself!

Chat soon,

Robby ;-)

English Idiomatic Expressions

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Jason Laurel September 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I really like get in touch with everyone in this website, My name’s Jason Laurel, I’m from Congo and I just fell on this site by any chance, and I found that things in here are so incredible, that’s why I made up my mind to start learning English here. I’m perfect in writing, reading English but I often get some difficulties with speaking. I mean I’d like to get more courses and expressions, also some tips so that I can just improve my way of speaking. I really enjoyed some of your lessons here.

Wainting for you answer !
Thanks

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idiomrobby777 September 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hi Jason,

Thanks for dropping by, and I really appreciate your nice words about my blog!

Speaking of your issue with not being able to speak fluently while at the same time being quite good at writing and reading – well, it’s the typical fluency issue faced by hundreds of thousands of our fellow foreigners, and it’s all because we’ve been studying the language in textbooks and from the grammar perspective; the spoken word has been ignored simply because it doesn’t get the necessary attention in the academic setting!

Here’s what I’d suggest you start doing (that’s pretty much how I developed my own fluency!):

1) Start engaging in daily self-practice sessions – just talk about anything – plean your daily schedule, verbalize your thoughts – anything! – and make sure to look up new English words if you don’t know what this or that particular thing is called.

2) Use such and similar idiomatic expressions while doing self-practice (focus on 1 – 3 at a time to make it easy for yourself).

3) Always learn new vocab in context and NEVER use references to your native lingo – always use the English language to describe new things!!!

Here’s more info:

http://englishharmony.com/spoken-english-practice/
http://englishharmony.com/contextual-learning/
http://englishharmony.com/desire-to-translate/

Regards,

Robby

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