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Spoken English Course Day 21

Spoken English Course Day 21

Date: Mar 17 2011

Topic: Speaking

Author: andylu2


Today I want to talk about a phrase that really expresses creativity.

It's no surprise but most people are not creative when it comes to thinking.  They think what most other people in their country and culture think.  It's hard to think on your own.  It's hard to break away from the traditional thoughts that your parents, grandparents, and other people from your culture support.  Sometimes it's a good and safe thing to follow tradition, but it's also incredibly important to be able to think for yourself.  Even large companies run into this problem when they keep doing things one way just because that's the way they did them before.  There is little thought, just following. 

Anyway, the phrase for today that describes this kind of creative thinking is "thinking outside the box".  It's a phrase we use a lot in English.  We think it's a good thing.  It means to always think about things from a new perspective and don't just blindly copy and believe what you hear in the news or from your parents.  Don't just follow people because it's the easy thing to do.  You need to "think outside the box", which is like moving beyond traditional thinking.  

An example sentence is: "Our company is losing to faster moving and more creative companies.  We need to think outside the box and come up with a new strategy if we want to compete in the business world"

I hope that makes a lot of sense.  I've been writing these lessons each day starting with this online English course

I also hope you check out my blog of some random thoughts and opinions about different topics.  It's a great way to learn English I think.  I just started this blog and I'd love to know what you think.  As always, your comments and likes are amazing!

Here is my English learning blog: Spoken English Course Smile


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Saudi Arabia

Yeah, it makes sense
Many thanks.

02:59 PM Mar 24 2011 |




Thinking outside the box!

It's a powerful sentence, with a deep meaning! Thanks a lot for sharing!

06:24 PM Mar 19 2011 |

murad ali

murad ali


it is a good phrase to see all thing around us and make a final   decision after we think outside of the box

05:57 AM Mar 19 2011 |





04:32 AM Mar 19 2011 |




very nice phrase, got it  thanx andy!

09:59 AM Mar 18 2011 |

alpha girl

alpha girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Another useful phrase….thanks a lot,AndyCool

03:03 AM Mar 18 2011 |

luvik palestine

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Nice Phrase actually , and we will follow our thinks , nt walk beyond what the people say 4 us , so i learnt many good things from this lesson =)

11:43 PM Mar 17 2011 |

eme soul

eme soul

United Arab Emirates

Nice phrase ,Thank you very much for your great lessons.

07:59 PM Mar 17 2011 |



South Korea

I really enjoyed your blog.  Thanks.  I hope you write more.  Great lesson once again too!<!-Session data->

07:09 PM Mar 17 2011 |



hi andy,

Thanks for your daily lesson, it's very helpful for us to understand these phrases.

I like your lesson very much, it makes phrases studying as a interesting thing!

You are a good teacher!

04:38 PM Mar 17 2011 |

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