If you’re obsessed with building a MASSIVE English vocabulary (just like I was all those years ago!), you might have fallen for the trap of learning some pretty sophisticated English words taken from English fiction you might be reading, or from any other source of information.
Now, while there’s nothing wrong with learning such vocabulary words for as long as you acquire them contextually, there’s another aspect to contributing vast amount of time and effort into the process – namely, USEFULNESS.
You simply have to ask yourself the following question:
Is this particular English word going to come in handy in my everyday life?
More often than not, little known words just aren’t used in daily English conversations; just because they’re used by authors in order to illustrate this or that particular concept in the very depth in their pieces of literature, doesn’t mean they’re used in colloquial English (which is the main focus of us – foreigners who aspire to become fluent English speakers!)
Let’s take, for example, a couple of words so that you get the full picture on what exactly I’m talking about here (I’m heading straight to Dictionary.com website to pick some recent “words of the day”):
Now, the last two of these words aren’t even recognized by MS Word Spell-checker, that’s how obscure they are! 😀
And without a shadow of a doubt 9 out of 10 native English speakers wouldn’t know these words, either!
You may learn such English vocabulary words all you want, but at the end of the day it’s the simple idiomatic expressions that will make you into a fluent speaker – not sophisticated vocabulary words which are totally detached from reality!
What’s your opinion on this?
Have you had any experience with learning such and similar vocab only to find out later on that it hadn’t availed you of much in terms of oral fluency?
Post all your comments below!
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Would you like to find out why I’m highlighting some of the text in red? Read this article and you’ll learn why it’s so important to learn idiomatic expressions and how it will help you to improve your spoken English!
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