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8 Words Native Speakers Don’t Say & What You Should Say Instead


Let’s talk about some words that you
should probably forget and I’ll tell you what you should say instead. What’s up everyone? My name is
Wes. This is interactive English, which is all about helping you practice
and improve your English skills. So quite often we get asked, hey, should I use this word or
phrase? What’s more common? Is this word frequently used? This
is a question that we get regularly. So in today’s lesson I want to talk about
some words that are not commonly used in English and some of you you
probably haven’t even heard of before, and I want to tell you the words
that you should use instead, but also I want to show you some resources
that you can use that will help you answer that question. If you’re wondering which phrase
or word is more commonly used, these resources will help. Also as a
disclaimer, I’m from the United States, so I’ll be giving you the American
perspective when it comes to the usage of these words. Let’s start with something that that’s
easy and straightforward and that is thou the enzyme. So if you haven’t heard
of these words then, then that’s, there’s a good reason for that. It’s because these are archaic and
very old forms of the word you. The word thou is used as the subject. The would be the object and zine would
be the possessive form. So for example, I could say, thou needs to
forget about these words. I told the to stop using these and then
I guess I could ask you what is thy name? Let me know in the comments.
Write your name. Say Hello. I just want to hear from
you. So as you can tell it, it just sounds really awkward. You’re not going to hear these words
out on the street and everyday spoken English. You may hear them if you are listening to a play and it’s
a very old play and they’re using this as part of the dialogue, or you could
read about these words in a story. If it’s an old story and they’re
using this archaic form of you, but if you’re somebody who would like
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improving your English skills. The next that you can eliminate
from your vocabulary is hither. And what hither means is
to go towards someplace. And when I think of it being used, I always think of the phrase and somebody
saying, come hither, come hither. They’re telling somebody
to come to them. Nowadays, you’re not going to tell
somebody to come hither. I guess you could ask them and say,
Hey, could you please come over here or, or tell them I, I’d like to
ask you something. Or, again, if you’re talking about somebody you might
be attracted to and you want to start a conversation with them instead
of telling them to come to you, I think it’s actually better for you
to go to that person and introduce yourself. So the first resource that I want to show
you is that just doing a Google search for the word. And if we type in
the word hither plus meaning, well then it’s going to bring
up the definition of the word. But if we move down to here
where it says translations, word origin and more definitions, and click on that Arrow and
then move down to the bottom. And you can see the use over time
for this word and hither has declined dramatically in the last 200 years. We can do the same with that if we want
to see its usage. And if we scroll down, you can see that it has
also declined a lot. Are you ready for more words?
Then we have salutations. So this is a word that I, you may not have heard somebody say in
spoken English. It’s not very common. But you may read it in a story and what
it means is, well, it’s just a greeting. It’s a fancy way of greeting
somebody and just saying, hello salutations. When
I think of this word, I think of the story Charlotte’s
web because the two main
characters, Charlotte, the spider, and Wilbur the pig, this is what she says to Wilbur when
they first meet. Charlotte says, salutations. And even Wilbur,
who’s a pig said, Charlotte, what the hell are you talking
about? What does that word mean? And she had to explain to Wilbur
that it is a fancy greeting, a way of saying hello. So when you meet
somebody, instead of saying salutations, just say hi, hello, nice to meet you. There are so many different ways to
greet somebody and you don’t need to use salutations. Then there’s frolic and what this word
means is just to play in a lively and cheerful way. A very carefree way. Often think it’s more appropriate
when describing children there. They’re frolicking on the beach or
out in the field or on the playground. They’re just playing in
a lively manner. Now, this is another word that I think you’re
more likely to read in a book than you would hear being spoken on the street. However it is a word that
hasn’t completely disappeared. You will hear people say
this from time to time. You may hear it in a movie or a TV show, but I think its usage has declined
significantly in the last hundred years. Another useful resource
is word and phrase.info. So we can just go to the frequency list
and put in the word frolic and it tells us how often this word is used in
different styles of writing as well as in spoken English because they
use transcripts as well as
interviews and as you can see it is a word that you will more
likely read than than here in spoken English. I always think it’s good to check and
see what the trend is like as well. So we can go down here and see
that frolic is on the decline. We can also look up salutation and it is
a word that you are much more likely to read than here because it’s not
that common in spoken English. Another cool little feature about
this site is that if we go down here, it will actually show you how
the word is used in context. We can also check out the trend and you
can see that salutation is becoming less and less common. Here are a
couple more words for you. Then we have whippersnappers. Now this may be a word that you’ve
never heard of before and yeah, it’s just not commonly used, but a Wipper snapper is a person and
it’s talking about a young person who is maybe a bit arrogant, over
confident, presumptuous, and an older person might refer to them
as a wiper snapper and they’d often use it with the word young and say that, oh, this person is just a
young whippersnapper. They don’t know what they’re talking
about. These young whippersnappers. Finally and I, I’m going to catch
a lot of heat for this word, but I’m going to put it on the
list anyway. And that is so, so now this is a word that’s actually
become more popular over the years. But the reason that I’m putting it on
there is because English learners tend to overuse the word. So. So I imagine
that most of you know what it means. It just means that that something is okay, that you really don’t have a positive
or negative feeling one way or the other things are just so. So now the reason I say that English
learners tend to overuse it is because I often hear them use it to
describe themselves, to
describe their feeling like, oh, you know, how are you doing? And
they’d say, well, you know, I’m so, so in this case, I think it’s more
common for somebody to say, you know, I’m okay, I’m good, I’m not bad. If you don’t really want to convey a
really positive or negative feeling, you wouldn’t really say that that
inside you’re feeling so. So it’s a, it sounds a little awkward. You may use this word if you’re describing
the way you feel about something else. So for example, maybe I
were to ask you a, well, you know, what did you think of the movie?
And you didn’t really love it. You didn’t really hate it. You could
say, yeah, you know the movie. Well, you know, it’s just so,
so, so keep that in mind. If you’re going to use this word, try to use it when you’re
describing something else, like a meal or an event and you don’t
have a good feeling about it or a bad feeling, you’re just going to say, man,
you know, it was so, so, but still, I’m going to keep it up there and try to
discourage you a little bit from using sozo because it’s not a,
it’s not a descriptive word. I always encourage learners to try to
be more when they want to convey their feelings. And so, so yeah, just, it just doesn’t give a
lot of lot of information. And personally I feel when somebody says
it to me, I get the feeling like, okay, this person just, they just don’t
want to talk to me about this thing. They don’t want to describe the
way they feel about it. So okay, we won’t talk about it. And that’s
probably not what you want to do. You want to practice your speaking
skills and find ways to engage in conversation, not shut it down. So try
to use a more descriptive word than Sosa. Finally, and I’ve saved the best for
less is Google’s end. Graham viewer. Now in Graham viewer attracts
the frequency of words
and phrases in books over the last 200 years. And the best thing about this resource
is that you can type in more than one word or phrase and see how
they compare with each other. So let’s take a look at
whippersnappers. Now as you can see, it really took off in the first half of
the 19 hundreds but then it went down significantly before
leveling off and as for so, so it has been on a steady
climb these past 200 years. And I know you’re looking
at Soso thinking, okay, I can’t wait to go out and use this, but still I would encourage you to use
more descriptive words and we can also compare Soso and whippersnappers. And
when you put both of them in there, you can kind of get an idea how much
more commonly used one word is over the other. So I hope you learned something today
about those words and I hope you can use those resources to help you better
understand which words and phrases are commonly used in English.
If you enjoyed this lesson, then I want you to hit the like button
and write the word frolic in the comments. It’s lively,
it’s fun, it’s carefree. If you thought the lesson was okay, I
want you to hit the like button and right, so, so, all right. It’s just, you know, that’s the way you felt about
it wasn’t good, wasn’t bad. If you didn’t really care for the lesson, I want you to hit the like button and
write the word whippersnappers in the comments because then yes, I’m
just a young whippersnapper. A bit presumptuous telling you which
words you can no longer use in English either way. Right. To me in the comments. Thank you guys so much for watching
and I’ll see you next time.

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