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“On the ball”

Idiom Chat and The Joy of English with guest Bronwen Smith!

In today’s video, you will hear how Bronwen uses the phrase “on the ball”. This idiom is widely used and means to be alert and ready, or to have aptitude for something. Information about its etymology can be read here: https://lnkd.in/g9pTufPD.

Here are some examples to help you:

“She had to stay on the ball while she waited for her meeting to start.”

“You’ve got to be on the ball when you are answering questions during a presentation.”

Bronwen is an actor and teacher who knows all about staying on the ball. Her profession requires her to practice techniques that help her to stay on the ball, which is really a state of total presence, in order for her to perform at her best. Nervousness is something we all deal with when we perform on stage, in a meeting of colleagues, or during an English language test! Here, Bronwen shares one of her strategies for staying present, staying….on the ball!

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