Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

preaching to the (choir/converted)

preaching to the choirpreaching to the converted
Meaning(s)
1) explaining something to someone who already shares that view or opinion
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    • you're preaching to the choir
  • Analysis
    A 'preacher' is a religious pastor or instructor. 'To preach' means to advocate for something or to teach about a subject or topic. If you are 'preaching to the converted' you are giving instruction to people who are already aware of the issues you are trying to address. A good example of 'preaching to the choir' would be a teacher in a class where many students are absent or late. The teacher gives a lecture or talk to the students who are present or on time about how important it is to be on time and not miss school - but the people who need to hear the message are the students who are not there! So in this situation the teacher is 'preaching to the converted' or 'preaching to the choir'. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. You're preaching to the choir, I've been saying the same thing for years.
    2. No need to explain your distaste for sports, you're preaching to the choir.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I am aware that automation could potentially save us thousands of Euro. You are preaching to the choir.
    2. I know I am preaching to the choir here, but sick days are impacting our productivity massively.
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