Talented Terminology

I’ve written before about replacing the term talented in my vocabulary. Because I’m trying to encourage a growth mindset in my students (and sons), it’s important to me that I never imply that their success comes entirely from something innate.

Here are some phrases I’m trying not to use, and some options for replacements.
NO
“What a talented pianist.”
“You’re a natural!”
“You’re a born singer!”
“She’s got a great ear.”
YES
“A sophisticated musician.”
“Mature interpretation.”
“A finely-tuned ear.”
“A skilled conductor.”

“You clearly have practiced.”

What are some phrases you use for praise to encourage a growth mindset?
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