For advanced learners, one of the most difficult challenges is to speak using the vocabulary you learn in class. Speaking doesn’t allow you to think and your speech level automatically is reduced to a comfort-zone in which you know you will commit no mistakes. I always tell my students that the trick to appearing as if you have a higher level of English is just to memorize some alternate vocabulary words to replace those you overuse.
- Instead of saying «It’s cold«. You can replace the word «cold» with nippy, chilly, or freezing
- Instead of saying, «It’s raining«. Why not try, «It’s pouring! It’s a downpour! It’s really coming down! It’s sprinkling….
- Instead of saying, «It’s humid«. Try instead, It’s muggy. It’s clammy. It’s sticky.
Work on word replacement when writing:
- It was a hot, sunny day. The wind was blowing hard. It was really humid.
- It was an oppressive, sunny day. It was really breezy and muggy.