How Spoken English is different from Textbook English.

How Spoken English is different from Textbook English.

You will get Surprise to know Most English language learners learn textbook English. Where native people speak English only “Real Spoken English”. Then What is the difference?

The difference can be perfectly described in this conversation:

Textbook English Rahul: “Hello Frank. What are you doing today?”

Spoken English Rahul: “Hey Frank! What’s up?”

See the difference?

The Problem is in school, classes tutor will teach only that part, which is mentioned in the books. In real-life situations, most native English speakers don’t speak this way. Everyday English conversation is becoming less formal (informal) and easy than what we read in English textbooks. In fact, not even, “Hello” is that common!  Most people say, “hey”, “hi”, or a more casually, “what’s up?”.

Below are a few key examples of how Real Spoken English is different from textbook English.

  • Wanna

The Phrase “Wanna” is used by people when they want something or when the desire or they required things. Wanna used in place of “want to”.

Textbook English:- I want to visit Taj Mahal, you know it is one of the wonders of the world.

Spoken English:- I wanna visit Taj Mahal, you know it is one of the wonders of the world.

  • Go-to

The phrase “go-to” is used by native speakers when they want to know your favorite dishes to eat at a specific restaurant or your favorite places to visit in a certain location. In real-life, it is used in almost in any situation when you want to specify some of the preference.

Textbook English: “Which are your favorite places to visit around India?”

Real Spoken English: “What are your go-to spots around India?”

  • What’s up

While this one might be very common if you’ve ever been around native speakers, it’s important to mention. The term, “what’s up” is very common. It most often means, “How are you?” but can also be a casual way to ask a friend how they are feeling.

Textbook English: “How are you feeling sad today?”

Spoken English: “What’s up?

  • Close

The term close isn’t only used to express proximity of geographical location. This word close can also be used when speaking about emotional attachment to a person or a thing.

Textbook English: “My brother and I have a strong emotional bonding.”

Spoken English: “My brother and I are very close.”

  • Hit the

Native speakers will use to say, “Hit the (location)” to mean they will go somewhere. By using, “hit the (location)” it is implied that they will be at the location for a short period of time.

Textbook English:  Today, after working, I am going to the store.

Spoken English:  Today, after working, I’m gonna hit the store.

  • looking to

In Spoken English, native people use the phrase “looking to” to mean take action to do something. Some of the examples:-

Textbook English:  I want to sell my car, that’s why I will put it on the market.

Spoken English: I’m looking to put my car on the market.”

  • On edge

If a native speaker says they are “on edge”, this doesn’t mean they are literally on the edge of something. “On the edge” is used to describe a mental state of mind. This phrase tells the person is feeling nervous and annoyed by someone. When people say “on edge”, it’s implied this is a feeling. Therefore, you don’t need to specify you are feeling on edge. You can simply say you are on edge.

Textbook English: At this house with my friend’s dog makes me feel uncomfortable.

Spoken English:  This house is making me on edge.

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