Use synonymous to make your spoken or written English better
Do you prefer to watch a movie in colour or in black and white? Most of us would prefer a movie in colour I think, because colours make the pictures more interesting, lively and lifelike…and also possibly, more beautiful.
So, when you speak or write in English, do you do it in black and white or in colour?
Many people get into a groove of only speaking in black and white. Compare for example:
We had a nice day.
We had an absolutely amazing day!
For the same reason that most people would prefer to watch a film in colour rather than black and white – so speaking in colour should also be your goal.
It is easy to stick with our tried and tested adjectives ’nice, good, hot, interesting, happy’, even though there is a good chance that you know the more colourful ones. It is probably just that you are not in the habit of using them, so try and make a conscious effort the next time you want to say that something is ‘good’ to think of an alternative…and there are many…amazing, fantastic, marvelous, great, wonderful…all words that you probably know already.
Try and avoid ever using the word ‘nice’. If nice was a colour, it would definitely be grey…and grey is just well, plain old boring – mind-blowingly boring even!
If you are writing an essay, read through it when you have finished and look at the adjectives you have used. Are there any better ones you know that will make what you have written more attractive for the reader?
If you are speaking though, it is not so easy to keep all of the more interesting adjectives on the tip of your tongue. However, there are some strategies you can use to help you:
- When speaking in English with friends, make a game of avoiding the boring adjectives. If somebody uses one of the boring ones, brainstorm together some better alternatives.
- Practice speaking for a minute about various topics: ‘my best holiday’ ‘my favourite restaurant’ ‘a film I saw recently’ ‘a book I read recently’ and try and avoid using any of the adjectives in red below.
- Make sentences using the adjectives in black below, because remembering words in the context of a sentence is easier than remembering individual words.
And there is a practical reason too for getting familiar with the less common adjectives because if you ever take an English exam such as a Cambridge exam or IELTS or TOEFL, in the speaking and the writing sections, the examiners will be looking for you to use more advanced vocabulary. So don’t wait until you have an exam approaching – make a start now – you will be
happy chuffed that you did!
To get you started, here is a list of some of the less interesting adjectives and their more colourful alternatives:
Well, that was an initial review of making your English sound more colourful using synonymous. Besides the synonymous you can improve your spoken and written English with English Idioms for everyday use. Waiting for your comments below.