Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

English vocabulary can be tough especially when it comes to words like “twist,” “turn,” and “spin.”

These are words that seem similar in many cases but there are nuanced differences in their meanings and the way that natives use them.

Listen to today’s episode to start using them correctly!

“Hi you two. I got a question for your podcast. Can you explain the differences between turn, spin, twist. in German it seems to often translate to the same German word. Can you give examples where to use one and where an interchangeable use is or isn’t possible.”

Thank you, Tamer


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1)To Turn:

“To cause to move around on an axis or about a center; rotate ” (

This word usually involves moving around but usually not turning 360 degrees.

Example: “Can you turn to the right? I need to get a good shot of your profile for this picture.”


Also: turn on/turn off, take a turn


2) Spin:

“to cause to move around on an axis or about a center; rotate:” (

This is used when you are talking about doing a 360 degree turn and you are often turning fast.

“The diver did amazing spins in the air before she hit the water”

Also: spin something


3) Twist:

“To combine, as two or more strands or threads, by winding together; intertwine.” (

This also means to turn or rotate on an axis.

This usually includes tension.

“In yoga we are asked to twist our spine.”

“I twisted my ankle while I was playing soccer.”

“Can you twist the top of the jar for me.”


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