If vocabulary is your forte, you are blessed. You are in good stead to succeed. I hope that you will continue to hone your language skills especially your vocabulary, and in particular your functional vocabulary.
Here are 12 reasons a strong vocabulary is good for you..
- The world perceives people with rich vocabularies to be more creative, and more intelligent.
- People with larger vocabularies get hired quicker,
- People with larger vocabularies are promoted faster.
- People with larger vocabularies are listened to more.
- The big winners are the ones who are able to use rich vocabularies with grace.
- People with good vocabularies use words which fit the situation.
- People with rich vocabularies carry out rich conversations.
- People with rich vocabularies hardly sound inappropriate.
- Their words and sentences slide gracefully off their tongues.
- People with rich vocabularies are more esteemed and more respected.
- People with good vocabularies sound more confident.
- People with good vocabularies are more interesting to listen to and to read.
How do you build a good vocabulary that will stand you in good stead to succeed?
Experts say “the difference between a respected vocabulary and a mundane one is only about fifty words! You don’t need so much to sound like a big winner. A mere few dozen words will give the impression that you have an original and creative mind.”
“In his book”How to talk to anyone,” Lell LOWNDES says acquiring a “super vocabulary is easy. You needn’t strain to do that.”
Let me summarise the advice that Lell Lowandes gives. He advises you to think of a few tired, overworked words you use every day – words like smart, nice, pretty, or good. Then get a dictionary or book of synonyms (online) Look up the boring, tired word and find a list of alternatives. Taking the word smart as an example, he says you will find dozens of synonyms such as ingenious, resourceful, adroit, shrewd. You must choose a few favourite ones and practise saying them aloud ‘until they become a natural staple of your vocabulary.’ The next time you want to compliment someone on being smart, say instead:
“How ingenious!” “It’s ingenious!”
“How astute!” “Quite astute of you”
“That is resourceful”
“That is clever.”
If you do this, and take it serious, within a short time, you will be far ahead of thousands of your peers.
Dear friend, flying to the top is not magic. Sometimes, just a little trick will put you miles ahead.