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Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« on: June 22, 2013, 02:17:15 AM »
What is the most effective way to expand your vocabulary when speaking in English?

I type better than I speak and would like to change that.

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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2013, 02:24:25 AM »
Read a variety of good books, respected newspapers and other publications. Listen to English-language radio programs from countries other than the United States. Get to know older folks who've been educated in the English language where English is not their first language. Chances are, their command of English is linguistically and grammatically superior to native English-speakers under the age of 35.

Or, if it were possible, you could hang around me for a while. I'm sure I could teach you a thing or two.  ;) :laugh:
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2013, 08:46:02 AM »
Read a variety of good books, respected newspapers and other publications. Listen to English-language radio programs from countries other than the United States. Get to know older folks who've been educated in the English language where English is not their first language. Chances are, their command of English is linguistically and grammatically superior to native English-speakers under the age of 35.

Or, if it were possible, you could hang around me for a while. I'm sure I could teach you a thing or two.  ;) :laugh:
Just curious: why "from countries other than the United States"?
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2013, 08:48:46 AM »
Read a lot, and read aloud. Keep a dictionary handy - you'll be surprised how many words we recognise in writing but don't know how to pronounce! ;)
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2013, 08:50:30 AM »
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respected newspapers

This is actually a serious question. Which american newspapers are considered "respected"?  
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2013, 08:56:39 AM »
Read a variety of good books, respected newspapers and other publications. Listen to English-language radio programs from countries other than the United States. Get to know older folks who've been educated in the English language where English is not their first language. Chances are, their command of English is linguistically and grammatically superior to native English-speakers under the age of 35.

Or, if it were possible, you could hang around me for a while. I'm sure I could teach you a thing or two.  ;) :laugh:
Just curious: why "from countries other than the United States"?

Because English-speakers tend to reflect the vocabulary common to their respective countries. By this I mean standard usage, not slang.
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2013, 09:15:50 AM »
Memorize good poems, KJV psalms, lines from Shakespeare.

Personally, I'm trying to talk more like Captain Ahab in everyday speech.
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2013, 09:18:23 AM »
In what situations would you like to speak better in?

When talking to a religious congregation?
When talking to girls at the club?
When talking to your boss?
When talking to an 8 year old about thermodynamics?
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2013, 09:20:30 AM »
In what situations would you like to speak better in?

The same preposition at both ends of the sentence is not a good look ....  ;) :laugh:
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2013, 09:21:27 AM »
What is the most effective way to expand your vocabulary when speaking in English?

I acquired a big Dutch vocabulary by reading antiquated books and I trained myself in rhetorics by studying and sometimes memorising passages of Lysias, Demosthenes and Dio Chrysostom. But that's how you can learn to give good speeches. Don't know if that's what you're looking for.
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2013, 09:24:39 AM »
The same preposition at both ends of the sentence is not a good look ....  ;) :laugh:

Twas only a matter of time  8)
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2013, 09:30:15 AM »
The same preposition at both ends of the sentence is not a good look ....  ;) :laugh:

Twas only a matter of time  8)

Apostrophe, man! Where's the apostrophe?? :P  :P :D
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2013, 09:41:54 AM »
Perhaps taking the opportunity to use some of the words in speech.  Speaking the words help to ingrain them into your  memory.

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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2013, 10:57:39 AM »
Read a variety of good books, respected newspapers and other publications. Listen to English-language radio programs from countries other than the United States. Get to know older folks who've been educated in the English language where English is not their first language. Chances are, their command of English is linguistically and grammatically superior to native English-speakers under the age of 35.

Or, if it were possible, you could hang around me for a while. I'm sure I could teach you a thing or two.  ;) :laugh:
Just curious: why "from countries other than the United States"?

Because English-speakers tend to reflect the vocabulary common to their respective countries. By this I mean standard usage, not slang.
That can be misleading-Question Time doesn't quite mean the same thing here. :D
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
A hasty quarrel kindles fire,
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If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
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                           and both come out of your mouth

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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2013, 11:33:04 AM »
In what situations would you like to speak better in?

The same preposition at both ends of the sentence is not a good look ....  ;) :laugh:

Looks like a good Germanic sentence to me.
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Re: Expanding your vocabulary in speech
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2013, 11:35:12 AM »
Anyone who actually sets out to do what the OP suggests without getting paid for it is off the charts tedious. It is worse than studying for the SAT.
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