Change Your Words – Change Your Life: From A Teacher’s Perspective

I was sitting in a dormitory one night before a party with one of my friends back in college in Arizona.  She then realized that I used a lot of repeated words…..”ummm, you repeated this specific word so many times! You need to vary your words!”

“HOW!” I replied.

“Right click and look at the synonyms you can use!”

From that point going forward, I began memorizing synonyms for words I often used.  Example, if I used “beautiful” all the time, I could easily type the word in on Microsoft Office and look at some of the synonyms.  Now, be careful because some of the words  would be “over-the-top” (example: striking), but you get the drift.

After heading back to Vegas at semester’s break, my friends and family realize that my language had completely changed and I didn’t “fit in” with the crowd anymore.

As soon as my language changed, the people I began to attract into my life weren’t the typical, negative slander using teenagers.  My social circle expanded; therefore, opportunities began to expand, too.

I had a particular individual comment on my YouTube video and said, “how could I develop new language and new words.” This was an incredible question coming from a native speaker in its own.

Well, it’s kind of like how I tell my Thai students.  Listen to your language everyday.  Listen to what you say and how often you repeat specific words.  You don’t want to open a page to the dictionary, pick a 13 letter word then fire off.  That’s not “sounding” smart, but it’s how descriptive you could be.

Learn synonyms of some of the words you’re already using…for starters.

In terms of positive vs. negative language (as I’ve talked about in today’s podcast:, being around the idle gossipers and the doom and glooms will ultimately derail your life.  Instead, surround yourself with people who want just as much as you do in life.

Eric Weinstein once said, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”

Become an expressionist.  Someone who can describe a mountain in vivid detail and make the reader visualize, through words, their surroundings.  It’s a beautiful thing.


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