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Hi,
Do native speakers find it awkward for a non-native speaker of English not to use any idioms? I guess it would be really impressive to hear a non-native who has full command of idioms, especially of the less common ones, but does it really matter to use them frequently? I don't know why, but I use them rarely, even in my native language, and I don't even know why that is either...
Thank you.

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movoDo native speakers find it awkward for a non-native speaker of English not to use any idioms?

No, not at all. On the contrary, they are too often used wrongly—especially slang—by learners. Idioms, beyond the several very common, daily ones, should be among the last items to acquire in the process of gaining fluency.

movo use them rarely, even in my native language,

I don't use them much, either.

movo I don't even know why that is either...

I like to speak standard English.

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Here is a list of very common idioms.

I use most of these a lot. A few of them are odd to me, but maybe it's a British English list.

http://www.smart-words.org/quotes-sayings/idioms-meaning.html

My standbys:

At the drop of a hat
(It's) back to the drawing board
(The) ball is in your court
Barking up the wrong tree
Beat around the bush
Best of both possible worlds
Best thing since sliced bread
Bite off more than you can chew
Blessing in disguise
Burn the midnight oil
(You) can't judge a book by its cover
(It) costs an arm and a leg
(Don't) cry over spilt milk
(Don't) cut corners
Don't count your chickens before the eggs have hatched
Don't give up your day job
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Every cloud has a silver lining
(I) feel a bit under the weather
Give him the benefit of the doubt
(I) heard it on the grapevine
He hit the nail on the head
It takes two to tango.

And many, many more!

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I don't find it awkward if non native speakers do not use idioms, I don't think I would even notice. I would be really impressed however and would notice if they used a lot of them correctly.

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