be no slouch

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Ume

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Hello.

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[ Oxford Dictionary]
be no slouch
(informal) to be very good at something or quick to do something: She’s no slouch on the guitar.
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[ Longman Dictionary]
be no slouch (at something)
informal to be very good at something: Horowitz was no slouch at languages.
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Can a language name be followed by "be no slouch at"?
Would it be possible to say "I'm no slouch at Italian"?
 
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  • Ume

    Banned
    Japanese
    bibliolept,
    Thank you for the reply.

    Does the phrase "be no slouch" sound old-fashioned?
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    I don't think it's old-fashioned, but I think that younger generations use it significantly less frequently. It has likely passed its moment of greater popularity.
     

    KenInPDX

    Senior Member
    US English
    I am 40-something and do not hear it in speech among my peers or among younger people. Anyone would know what it means though.

    Not something you would usually say about yourself though - more likely to be used to describe a third person.

    I would just say "I'm not bad at Italian."
     
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