Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you ever used the phrase “take it all in” when you speak English?

Do you know what this represents in English?

Ultimately this is a phrase about slowing down and enjoying what is going on around you.

We live in such a fast paced culture, that this phrase can be really important to learn, use, and live by.

We’re going to show you how to use this and other similar phrases to help yourself and others to slow down and enjoy the world around you.

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This One Phrase Can Help You Slow Down

When you break it down, to “take something in” can mean other things, including with clothes and objects.

But this meaning is a great way to talk about your experiences  and living in the moment.

You are likely to hear it used quite a bit when people talk about travel or even new or exciting experiences.

It can apply to just having the ability to slow down and relax too though.

This is something that many of us aren’t good at, and therefore it’s a vital part of how we talk about relaxing and gaining perspective.

It can even be a bit of a wake up call if you look at it that way.

Slowing Down and Gaining Perspective Is So Important

People tend to have trouble slowing down and “taking it all in” lately.

We are so busy that we don’t focus on what is going on and don’t take a moment to really enjoy.

This can happen when life is too hectic, but we need to take a deep breath and take it all in.

Do you have a time where you stopped what you were doing and just took it all in?

Yoga or meditation can help with this sort of thing.

Sometimes you just need to slow down in life and really take inventory and appreciate the world around you before it speeds by.

Saying This In The Best Way Possible

You hear “take it (all) in” used all the time.

It works perfectly to get your point across and serves as a great reflection.

You might say something like “Wow. The Eiffel Tower is so beautiful. Let’s take a second to take it all in before we get on the train to go home.”

There are other ways to say the same thing.

Knowing about these phrases can help in conversation, but can also help you to slow down and perhaps might even help you to make connections in the process.

  • Live in the moment: This is all about living in the here and now. It’s not about dwelling on the past or even “I love doing yoga because it forces me to live in the moment.”
  • Enjoy the here and now: You aren’t worried about what happened or what is about to happen. You are only focused on enjoying where you are at in this very moment. This isn’t always possible, but once in awhile it’s so good for you. “Don’t worry about tomorrow! You’ll do great. This restaurant is amazing, so enjoy the here and now and we will have a great time!”
  • Be present: This is all about filtering out the distractions and instead focusing on what you are doing in this moment. You are engaged, focused, and living in the situation that you find yourself in right here and right now. “It’s important to be present when you travel because it’s so rare to get the opportunity to really get away”

These things also go for learning English and can help our listeners.

As we have discussed, learning a language is so difficult and there are hard times.

However, it’s important to just take it all in and enjoy the experience for what it is!


Try to find moments to take it all in and be present.

Use these phrases to express yourself in these situations and to do a bit of reflection.

Though it may be hard to slow down at times, if you give yourself this phrase it can act as a wake up call.

We all need to slow down sometimes and just appreciate the world around us–and this is the perfect way to do just that.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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