Indore: Mind Your Language Metaphors and idioms make speech more appealing: Expert

Indore: “Use of metaphors and idioms makes your speech more appealing while you are addressing others. A figure of speech is a word or phrase that has a meaning other than the literal meaning. It can be a metaphor or simile that’s designed to further explain a concept. Or it can be the repetition of alliteration or exaggeration of hyperbole to give further emphasis or effect,” said Abha Anad, renowned corporate trainer.

Anand was deliberating on ‘Communication Strengthens’ at a programme ‘Mind your Language’ organised by Indore Management Association at SBI Auditorium here on Friday.

Anand has 33 years of experience in training individuals and institutions for success and heights of achievement as lecturer, principal and mentor. Specialised in language enhancement, personality development and preparing road maps for individual success.

Facilitating the talk, she said fluent English makes good impression on your employee as well as employers. She also gave shared tips on how to take initiative in changing the style and aesthetics of speech. She further elaborated various types of figure of speech by saying “There are countless figures of speech in every language, and they fall into hundreds of categories.” However, she explained some important common types of figure of speech.

On metaphors, she said “Many common figures of speech are metaphors. That is, they use words in a manner other than their literal meaning. However, metaphors use figurative language to make comparisons between unrelated things or ideas.”

“An idiom is a common phrase with a figurative meaning. Idioms are different from other figures of speech in that their figurative meanings are mostly known within a particular language, culture, or group of people. In fact, the English language alone has about 25,000 idioms,” she said while explaining idioms She also spoke about proverbs and smiles among other figures before concluding her talk.


– Watch You Tube videos and listen to great public speakers
– Listen to English songs
– Watch English movies and TV shows without subtitles
– Read god English newspapers, especially editorial section
– Give public talk in front of your own colleagues, friends to develop confidence
– Label things, spices in English to develop vocabulary
– Form chatting club where people can share stories and ideas

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