I am preparing for an English language test. That is why I am working on strengthening my English vocabulary.

My question is regarding the speaking section of the test.

If the examiner asks me about a particular subject, for example mobile development, would it be too informal to say "it's my bread and butter"?

If yes, then could you please suggest to me a word for that? I don't want to write a sentence like "that is how I make money or that is the source of my income"

Thank you.

PS: If you find any grammatical or spelling mistakes in this question then please do let me know. I would appreciate that.

  • I edited the question, too. Just minor improvements. The main reason for my edit was the comma after that's why that was extra. – Neeku Jul 8 '14 at 6:46

Your English was generally good, but I have made some amendments in my editing which you might care to review. They mostly concern punctuation, but remember the definite article and prepositions are important too.

No, I see nothing wrong with using the 'bread and butter' metaphor. If I were the examiner I would be impressed that you were showing a grasp of everyday colloquial English.

  • Agreed -- note that it might sound a little OLD-FASHIONED, but I agree with WS2 that it's fine, indeed good, in a "more formal setting". – Fattie Jul 8 '14 at 8:22
  • @JoeBlow what would be a modern word then ? – Jabbar_Jigariyo Jul 9 '14 at 4:38
  • I would just say "Actually, I work in that field." Or "funnily enough, I am a mobile engineer." Or: "Actually, that is my profession!" or "Actually, that is my job!" the most "normal", IMO is: "Actually, that's what I do for a living." – Fattie Jul 9 '14 at 13:56

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