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What noun in English would be idiomatic to refer to an opportunity to participate in an activity that one is very good at and in which he normally can show his skills.

I am especially after a noun that would follow smoothly right after the word "real". Like here:

His conversational skills are not great and his passive vocabulary is rather limited. This, however, somehow doesn't stop him from participating in our small in-class discussions. And his real _______ is skits. That's when he does his best and shows off all his talent to the whole class.

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  • Does forte suit your needs?
    – Wehage
    Jun 25 '20 at 10:44
  • @Wehage - Yes, as long as it is idiomatic.
    – brilliant
    Jun 25 '20 at 10:53
  • It is. See these corpus search results.
    – Wehage
    Jun 25 '20 at 11:01
  • @Wehage - I see. Thank you!!!
    – brilliant
    Jun 25 '20 at 11:14
  • In British English - strong suit n. 1. A quality, activity, or skill in which a person excels: Foreign policy was the president's strong suit. 2. In any of various card games, a long suit that contains high cards. - thefreedictionary.com/strong+suit Jun 25 '20 at 11:16
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The word "forte" should suit your needs. It is idiomatic. See these corpus search results. – (Wehage) Note the American audio is incorrect at that link. It is pronounced "fo(r)tei" in both British and American.

Alternatively, in British English - "strong suit" n. 1. A quality, activity, or skill in which a person excels: Foreign policy was the president's strong suit.

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