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  1. Newbie
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    Talking Black Belt

    Dear Teachers,

    I know the word "Black Belt" normally relates to Martial Arts.
    I was quite confused when I read something like these on the net:

    Black Belt in Cooking
    Black Belt in making something
    Black Belt Golfer
    Black Belt Spanish

    Which means the word "Black Belt" can be used in some other areas, please correct me if I am wrong.

    My second question is if the word "Black Belt" refers to someone who is very skilled in a particular area, is it correct to say:

    She has a black belt in playing piano. She is a black belt pianist (?)
    or
    I have a black belt in singing. I am a black belt singer (?)
    or
    He has a black belt in painting. He is a black belt painter (?)

    Need advice!
    Thank you very much!
    Last edited by Balea; 17-Mar-2014 at 11:52.

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    I am not a teacher.

    These are not standard expressions.
    It is easily understood but, apart from using it for comic effect, I would restrict its use to the martial arts where it belongs.

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    #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Balea View Post
    My second question is if the word "Black Belt" refers to someone who is very skilled in a particular area, is it correct to say:

    She has a black belt in playing piano. She is a black belt pianist (?)
    or
    I have a black belt in singing. I am a black belt singer (?)
    or
    He has a black belt in painting. He is a black belt painter (?)
    The have a black belt in xxx forms work better for me.

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