The majority of people find it difficult to speak and write in perfect English. This is a rather widespread viewpoint among a group of people. We mean fluent English conversation with another individual, not public speaking when we say speaking. And by writing, we don’t just mean texting or SMS chats; we’re talking about writing lengthy or short paragraphs.
When people are being evaluated for interviews at MNCs or other companies, it is common for them to be perfectly fluent in speaking and communicating, but there is a significant gap when it comes to writing skills in English. The same tendency can often be noticed in appraisals of people who work in government or academia. They, too, are proficient in writing but fall short when it comes to speaking English fluently.
Why Are Most People Better at Speaking English than Writing?
Learning to write fluently in English is far more difficult for many English learners than learning to speak fluently. Even for skilled learners, written communication in English can be substantially slower than verbal communication. There are many reasons for this condition. The key causes of the fallback will be discussed in this article, along with measures to improve it.
- Written communication is more formal than verbal communication. Writing in English requires a far higher level of adherence to grammar constraints than speaking English. Because written communication lacks visual context, words are even more significant. Making mistakes, especially in a business situation, can lead to miscommunication, which can lead to complications. You can make a favourable impression by smiling throughout a conversation. When it comes to writing, you just have your words to work with. Writing in newspapers, novels, or magazines can be significantly more structured and complicated than conversational English. This is due to the fact that formal writing requires punctuation as well as proper sentence and paragraph structure. Instant messaging writing can sound more like spoken English. Speaking is a broader skill that involves an understanding of intonation, stress, rhythm, and pitch.
- It is an unavoidable fact that we have fewer possibilities to write and communicate in our day-to-day activities. Because writing, unlike speaking, is an unnatural act, if we have fewer opportunities to write, we will grow better at what we do on a daily basis, in this case speaking. The easiest method to deal with this is to work on your writing skills and keep a daily journal of your activities. This will assist you in improving your writing skills.
- More ‘Mistakes’ are acceptable with spoken communication. You may just understand a few words in a conversation with someone. There isn’t much room for error when it comes to writing.
- Face-to-face spoken English is more narrative, event-based, action-based, and story-based. Written English can be explanatory, idea-based, and descriptive of the future and past.
- Writing is usually done in a widely accepted standard variant of the language, while speech is occasionally done in regional or other context-specific dialects. The many spoken dialects of some languages may even be mutually incomprehensible, yet the written language is universally understood.
- Spoken English requires less reflection than written English. The spontaneity of spoken English is far greater than that of written English. It’s more relaxed, and mistakes don’t always have a negative influence on your ability to speak clearly. It’s critical to consider how to write to the desired audience when writing. You must consider who will be reading your work. These things take time to figure out. In writing, the information is conveyed in a much denser manner. The information is “diluted” and conveyed through a greater number of words in the speech: there are numerous repeats, glosses, and “fillers,” resulting in a text that is notably lengthier and contains more repetitive passages.
- For formal written English, the stakes are much higher. We demand more from what we read. We expect it to be accurate, engaging, and educational. There is pressure to do well when there is an expectation. There isn’t nearly as much pressure when speaking, with the possible exception of delivering a presentation—unless you’re negotiating a business deal. The written text must be explicit about the context and its references. Because of the real-time circumstances and shared knowledge between the speaker and the listener, some information can be assumed and does not need to be stated explicitly in a speech.
Most people are better at speaking than writing since there are significantly fewer opportunities to practise writing while going about our daily lives. Second, writing necessitates adherence to a greater number of rules and nuances than speaking.
The main conclusion is that most of us are worse at writing than we are at speaking because we don’t write enough. Start writing more if you wish to improve your writing skills. It’s all about practising and getting better. Download the Entri app to help you improve your speaking and writing skills in the English language.