Why is spoken language important

Speaking and Writing - Differences in Language

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We do not write so, how we speak. But what are the differences and what should you pay attention to when writing free text?

Written or Oral?

To you the Differences in written or oral texts To clarify, here are a few Examples.

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Text 1

So I was at the zoo yesterday. There are really cool animals there! The koalas, those who eat this green stuff, eucalyptus, just sat on their trees.

The tigers, the ones with the stripes, were also awesome. They ate a lot of meat, really torn it up.

Do you notice something? The Text 1 would you like that do not write. At least that's not how you should write it!

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Text 2

Yesterday I went on a trip to the zoo. I saw a lot of interesting animals there. I was particularly impressed by the koalas. Koalas are gray, eat eucalyptus and sit in trees where they can be seen clearly.

The tigers were also fascinating. They are orange, black, and white patterned and very large. While they were feeding, they tore up large pieces of raw meat that was thrown into their enclosure.

You will definitely notice the difference from Text 2 to Text 1.Now let's take a closer look at these differences.

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That's how you speak

The oral language is not clearly structured. One speaks freely and without a template, which means frequentlynested sentencesand alsoChain sets arise.
If you report in the past, you use most of thatPerfect.With manyAdjectives and Adverbsyou decorate your sentences in the spoken language. In addition, the listener can directly Questions ask if you express yourself unclearly at a point.

In spoken language, we often use words that are not quite "right". We call this "colloquial language". Strong expressions are also typical of the spoken language.

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In official conversations such as job interviews, you should definitely avoid colloquial language and strong expressions and orient yourself more towards the written language!

This is how you write

In the written language In contrast to spoken language, you have to pay attention to a few things.

The sentences should be a clear structure to have. If you are writing a text, you have to pay attention to that Link sentences in a meaningful way. Tries, Chain sets to avoid. Make a point more often and start over. This makes it easier for the reader to understand your train of thought. Unlike a spoken text, the reader here has no way to clarify ambiguities.

Do you write in the pastyou should Avoid perfectly and above all that preteriteuse.

Language in new media

The written language in modern media is orally. You probably know that from chats. Although we are actually writing something here, we are using the oral rules. More detailed information You can find out about the new media and their special features in our text.

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