Speaking: Make your passive English vocabulary active vocabulary!

My passive English vocabulary is better than my active vocabulary

Do you know a lot of words in English but don’t have enough active vocabulary? If yes, you’re like almost EVERYBODY!!! Very few people use a lot of the words they know. However, some people have a secret. As a result, they use more words than others…. What is their secret? They practice using words!!!



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How can I practice using words to have a better enhance my active vocabulary?

The first mistake you make is that you probably put all new words in one list. Computers have great processors, but you don’t. You CAN’T use every new word you find in your active vocabulary. So Step one is to have a “active – passive word” filter. This means that you need to put “to USE” words one list for your active vocabulary and “to LEARN” words on another.

How do I choose what to put on my “to USE” list?

Ask yourself the following questions, and if you answer is “yes” to a few, then that’s a good sign you want to put it on your “to USE” list, your “ACTIVE” list

Is it in your passive vocabulary already?

You probably already have quite a few passive words that you would like to use more. These are the best place to start.

Is the word easy?

If it’s difficult you will find it more difficult trickier to remember. As a result you probably won’t use it in the end end up using it.

Is it “cool”, “funny”, “wonderful?

If you feel emotions for the word, you are definitely more likely to use embrace it. This time “you’re a person and not a computer” means GREAT NEWS! Do you like the sound of the words, the image of the words, how it’s

Is the word USEful?

USEful  means that you can use it, probably because it is connected with your work, interests, daily life, or topics that you often / like to talk about.Maybe it’s useful for improving your image as a cool guy, or high-level business person. It may also be useful for giving conveying  an exact meaning. For example “it’s cold today”, but maybe you really like to be precise when talking about the weather. Then “It’s chilly today” could be useful for your USE / ACTIVE list. In that case, put the word in your linguistic choice for this topic…. “boiling hot, hot, warm,on the cold side, coolish, cool, chilly, freezing, absolutely freezing”

Do I really need this word?

Perhaps you already know a similar word, and you’re happy perfectly satisfied with that word. For example, if the new word is “the police detained the criminal”, and you already know “the police arrested the criminal”, there’s a good chance you don’t need this word. Of course if you believe it is useful for you, and it is a priority, then put it on your USE  / ACTIVE list 🙂 However, remember that you can’t USE all the words you learn. You have a limited processor 🙁 Maybe you can’t try and make “detain” and “chilly” active at the same time, so you need to choose one of them.

Where can I use the words the “USE” words?

When you have a list of  “USE” words, use them 🙂 Speak them. Put them in sentences and say them.  Ask yourself the question above: Where can I use these words…

By yourself, in the car, in the shower, walking, in emails, Facebook, Whatsapp messages, at work, with your partner, children, mirror, speaking partner, tourists….

It doesn’t matter, start using them anywhere, even if just a bit, then ask yourself “Where else can I use these words?”.

If you want to use more words when speaking, you need to practice using them.

Print out your list and put it up in the kitchen, bathroom, a copy in your car, on your desk at work. Start using!









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