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Talking and Socializing Improves Vocabulary
Word power affects more than just your studies and career. Your brain needs words to analyze problems, think about situations, and come up with solutions. Expanding your vocabulary knowledge enables you to think about things differently, view problems from different angles, and come up with better solutions. Reading, vocabulary lists, and effective vocabulary programs are the most popular ways to learn new words. However, it's possible to keep learning vocabulary even when you are not using any of these methods, simply by talking to people and socializing.

The value of socializing for English language students

The vocabulary you acquire through study is often categorized by topic and aimed at advancing academic standards, improving careers, or passing a certain exam. For English language learners, vocabulary for daily use may be different than English for academic purposes. Communicating with native speakers or people with advanced knowledge of English gets you accustomed to the natural way of using the words you learned, and how they are used in a normal daily conversation.
Moreover, you're exposed to new words through the context of the conversation. This helps you deduce the meaning of the new word, and makes it easier for you to remember in a manner similar to that used in learning new vocabulary through reading. Engaging in active conversation will make the new word easy to remember as it is linked to the memory of the social encounter and to the context of the dialogue. The practice you get through active conversation is another way socializing can benefit your vocabulary. A basic rule in learning new languages is to constantly practice to avoid forgetting words. This is easily and enjoyably provided by simply talking to another person.

The value of socializing for native speakers

English language learners are not the only people who can benefit from socialization to promote vocabulary improvement. Speaking to different people can open up new areas for native speakers, too. Our vocabulary is often limited by our activities and our lives. When we interact with a person who has different interests and activities, we learn new words that they acquired through their own unique experiences. For example, if you socialize with a person who is interested in sailing, you will learn new sailing terms that you had no previous knowledge of.
Socializing with successful individuals can also be used to your advantage. Watch how your company's CEO employs words to convey meaning and compare that to your delivery method. Think about how you would have phrased what the CEO was saying, and compare the difference between both approaches. This can teach you much about word power, and how language is shaped to create success.
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