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No matter the reason you choose to learn English, there might be times where you’d want to show off your language skills to impress others more quickly. Expanding your vocabulary can be challenging, but it’s a good way to improve your communication. By studying new words and understanding when and how to use them, you can sound more like a native speaker. 

Here is a simple guide to use if you’re searching for words to make you sound smarter in the English language.  

Improve Your Vocabulary by Using These Higher-Level Words

While they might seem difficult to learn at first, a few choice higher-level words can be used as a way of showing off your language skills, even when you’re still learning. Below are some advanced words you can practice in different situations.  

  1. Modify: To make a modification, or to modify, is a fancier way of saying make a change, or to change something—usually meaning small differences that have happened. 

Example: “I need to modify the text,” or “I need to make some modifications to my study plan.” 

  1. Elaborate: Elaborate can be used as a verb and as an adjective depending on the situation. As a verb, it means “to explain in more detail.” As an adjective, it means something that is complex, with many details and parts involved.

Example: “Can you please elaborate?” or “You worked hard to set an elaborate trap.” 

  1. Innovative: Innovative is the adjective form of innovation, meaning “the process of creating and inventing new ideas and products.” By using the adjective form, you mean to say that something introduces fresh and new concepts.

Example: “Tech companies are finding innovative ways to improve our lifestyles,” or “Innovation is important for progress.” 


Improve your vocabulary by using more advanced words as you learn English

Learn English Faster by Using These Words to Describe People

There are many great adjectives you can use to describe people, but here are some that are sure to make you sound more like a native speaker as you continue to learn English.

  1. Charismatic: Saying that someone is charismatic (adjective) means that they have a lot of charisma (noun). Charisma is used to describe someone’s charm or attractiveness

Example: “Everyone is buying what that salesman is selling. He must be very charismatic.” 

  1. Oblivious: If you use the word oblivious to describe someone, then you’re saying that they are clueless or unaware. You might want to be careful how you use this, since many people like to be thought of as well-informed and could be offended if they are called oblivious. 

Example: “She was never told about that, so she’s completely oblivious.” 

  1. Tactful: Being tactful is a good thing. It means that someone knows how to deal with sensitive people and information. It also means that they are thoughtful and considerate, often thinking before speaking.

Example: “She’s very considerate. She’s always tactful when giving bad news.”

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Improve your speaking skills by using more advanced words in group conversations

Describe Objects or Situations with These Words to Sound More Fluent

If you’re going to an English school, you can enjoy practicing your language skills by using some of the more advanced-level words below. 

  1. Distinctive: Distinctive can be used to mean unique or special. Saying that something is distinctive is like saying it’s particular or different from other things.

Example: “His voice is unlike anything I’ve heard before. It’s very distinctive.” 

  1. Perplexing: A perplexing situation usually describes a confusing situation. If someone is perplexed (verb), then they are likely uncertain and unsure.

Example: “I have no idea how that happened. It’s very perplexing.” 

  1. Straightforward: Something that is straightforward is direct and easy to understand. It can also replace the word simple.

Example: “I won’t get lost. The directions are pretty straightforward.”

Using all of these advanced words can help to improve your language skills, giving you confidence in your speaking abilities. Remember to keep practicing, and have fun in your learning journey!

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