I was subbing for one of our trainers today who is on her honeymoon. My learner, Ms A, was telling me that she plays tennis and beach tennis on a regular basis. I told her that I hadn’t played tennis in ages and this is why the expression “I’m a little rusty!” came up.
Rusty is an adjective that is related to rust (i.e. corrosion). ‘I’m rusty’ means that I am out of practice.
Here is the expression in context:
- I studied Spanish at University but I don’t use it very much nowadays. I am very rusty.
- I hadn’t been skating in ages. When I got on the ice rink, I fell a few times. I was a little rusty.
- I used to work with excel a lot in my past job. I tried to program a spreadsheet today and I couldn’t remember how to do it. I guess I’m a bit rusty.
Fluency Builder: Discuss the following questions with your teacher or a chat buddy.
- What foreign language do you speak?
- Do you ever feel rusty when you don’t have exposure to that language?
- What tricks can you use to keep your language skills from getting rusty?
- What language would you like to learn if you had time?
p.s. Great lesson with Ms A today! I’ve been teaching much more in the past few months. I’ve missed it!