in your element

by | Last updated Apr 28, 2019 | Expressions | 6 comments

in your element

by | Last updated Apr 28, 2019 | Expressions | 6 comments

This sentence contains the expression "to be in your element". Do you know this idiom? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: Ireland

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This sentence contains the expression "to be in your element". Do you know this idiom? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: Ireland

 

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

, Jess .
When she’s to a room , Jess in .
When she’s a presentation to a room of people, Jess really in her .

About the sentence

to be in your element

If you are 'in your element', you feel very happy, comfortable or in control because you are doing the thing that you are best at.

Imagine someone who is quite shy and awkward, but who becomes incredibly calm and confident when they are playing the piano. When they are performing, they are in their element. They are doing what they do best.

Another example could be someone who is very skilled at organising things - when they are running a complicated project, they would be in their element.

People who are very talented swimmers or divers probably feel like they are in their element when they are in water.


Notice the important collocation 'to give a presentation'. e.g. "I'm giving the most important presentation of my life tomorrow and I haven't even started writing it yet".

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  • As a teacher, I feel like I'm in my element when students are asking me lots of tricky grammar questions. What about you - when do you feel like you are in your element?

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I feel in my element when other people ask me for help in academic stuff. That means that they consider me a smart person and also helpful.

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A friend of mine knows Bogota’s city like the back of his hand, and most of the time when he picks up a person, he feels like he’s in his element because he knows the best and fastest route to take them to their place. That skill has helped him to gain more and more clients.

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I also feel I’m in my element when I’m teaching someone. Even though I’m a math teacher, I feel comfortable teaching subjects such as Portuguese or English

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