ー英会話講師の英語日記ー 札幌英会話スクールSTEP UP（札幌駅、大通駅徒歩５分）
Using your words well
Words are tools. If we use them effectively, we can accomplish great things. Even the simplest of expressions – “Thank you,” for example – can have a tremendous impact on people. This may seem obvious, but I think it’s good to be reminded of it from time to time. Words are tools – and the way we use them affects the future we build for ourselves. Think about a first date, or meeting, or job interview that didn’t go the way you wanted it to. Did you find yourself wondering if you’d said the wrong thing? Regardless of how sharp we look or how much we smile and nod, the words that come out of our mouths are ultimately the most influential elements of such encounters.
The same is true with writing. Think about those books or movies that had really good ideas, but bad dialog. Disappointing, right? Or a song that has great music, but terrible lyrics. Not worth a second listen. I think we all tend to forget how powerful language is. Even in the most casual of situations, saying the wrong thing – or not exactly the right thing – can cause unforeseen problems. So when using your native language or one you’re studying, remember to make sure the words you’re using are those that effectively express your thoughts. Easier said than done, I know. Here’s a mantra you can remember that should be helpful.
Short sentences, strong verbs.
But not just verbs – every word in a sentence is important. The better we use our words, the more effectively we’ll be able to communicate with one another. Trite, but true.