How to Express Yourself with Intermediate Vocabulary

Do you find yourself using the same adjectives over and over again? I'm British and study Spanish, but even when I’m speaking English, I describe experiences as “good”, “nice”, “really good” or “okay” over and over again.

Is it a problem for language learners? I can feel like a bit of an idiot if I describe everything in Spanish as “bueno” or “interesante”, but how much does it matter?

A good narrative does not need a hundred adjectives. Adding little details and your own personality is just as important. At the beginner stage, it is easier to memorise adjectives than to master irregular verbs. When you’re at the intermediate stage, a bigger vocabulary is great, but you should practice or show off all the sentence structures you’ve learned.

How could it work? Are you seeing New Year's Eve fireworks? You could say they were astonishing, incredible or breathtaking, or you say they were “great” and then add a few details:

We loved it! I could have watched it for an hour. It was the perfect end to the day.
This example has simple vocabulary, but demonstrates the strengths of someone with intermediate English. If you don’t know lots of descriptive words, you can still express your reactions.

The best way to improve your vocabulary is by reading and writing as much as you can. You can improve your fluidity by speaking and listening, but your vocab will grow more slowly.

A smaller vocab set does not stop you from expressing yourself: think about your reactions, your opinions and your feelings.
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Flag
English
globe
United Kingdom
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25
Speaks:
English
Native
,
German
C2
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Spanish
B1
,
Swedish
Hi! I'm Natalie, I'm from the UK, I live in London, and I have a "clear" British accent. I am qualified to teach English to adults, I have a degree in English and American literature, and I enjoy helping people learn this amazing language! AVAILABILITY: - I am on holiday from March 3rd to 14th - If you do not see the time you want in my schedule, send me a message and I might add an earlier or later slot. I have a Monday to Friday full time job, but I have more time at the weekend. My qualifications: - 120-hour CELTA teaching certificate with real classroom experience - Undergraduate degree in American and English literature - I work as an editor My history with languages: - I have advanced German skills - I have intermediate Spanish - I want to learn the language in every country I visit! I enjoy lesson planning and creating new activities, so tell me what areas you want to focus on and I will shape the sessions to your needs! Tell me your hobbies so we can focus on topics which interest you! I can help with: - British English and differences with American English - Specific skill practice - reading, writing, listening and of course speaking. - Studying real, authentic English - Grammar exercises which target your weakest areas - Business English for meetings, interviews and emails - Developing a clear writing style and English for academic purposes. My own interests include travelling, cooking, reading, history, podcasts, comedy, documentaries, and crime shows.