Good Speaker but Poor in Writing

@julyteen (13259)
Davao, Philippines
May 23, 2011 9:07pm CST
I observed alot of my colleagues expert in speaking English specially those people who spent several years working here in Middle East but when you ask them to write what they spoke, you will be amazed they don't know the correct spelling of the words they speak. It's annoying to know about it. I admit I am not a good speaker because I am newly associate and newly residence of this country but I am more concerned on the spelling and the grammar of my sentences. In your case, what's matter most a good speaker or a good writer?
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19 responses
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
24 May 11
There is something called 'conversational English'. It both means that there is a good probability the person cannot write (or spell correctly [they spell phonetically]) and that the words they know are literal words (they don't know English slang; everything is taken literally). To learn how to speak is the first part of the equation. To learn how to write it the second. And English is not an easy language to learn how to write. There are many different words that have both different meanings and different spellings on how they are used. write -- to transcribe right -- correct Both pronounced completely the same; both have completely different meanings; both spelled completely differently. There are people that have studied English their whole lives that don't know how to spell... how they made it through school I have no idea. Thanks Zelo
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
20 Jun 11
i emphasize on both - speaking and writing.. it has been like that since my schooldays.. we have always been taught to write correctly - and of course will be tested for it.. and English writing is one of our major subjects in school.. and speaking skills is also made equally important during my schooldays.. we also had 'Oral Speaking Test'.. and the marks is also integrated in our English exams.. and when you enter the Working World.. u will need both skills to get ahead.. u need to speak well to have your opinions heard, and you need to write well to get your presentations + reports well understood by others...
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Jun 11
In other country both matters but here in Middle East who don't care about English language, they don't mind about it. I observe it with my company who is among of the 5star hotel. They prefer speaking than writing
@kukueye (1761)
• Malaysia
25 May 11
Speaking and writing is different. - Crowd speaking is hard, writing correcty is hard too.
it depends what job u are doing and your purpose, many politicians in my locality are good speaker and can really roast the crowd, however, they are bad english writer, usually they use their staffs or sectary to write out the sentences whole they dictate it.If your are in sales, being a good speaker is adequate, if your are in article writing and report writing then your need both.Or atleast the writer type.
@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
24 May 11
For English, it is better to be average in both than to be a master in one and a failure in another. I mean, you have to use both skills when dealing with other English-using people. If you are not good in speaking, for example, you would have a hard time in cases where you don't have any writing tools.
• Mexico
24 May 11
Hi julyteen: It's funny because this happened. If you focus on learning just the speaking skills you'll hav ethis problem and both are important. I had a friend in my school who travels to the US and learn english. He speaks really good but I was better at writing and I didn't have this amazing experience. ALVARO
@polaris77 (2031)
• Bacau, Romania
24 May 11
I consider myself both a good speaker and a good writer in English and I enjoy both activities.I guess there are people who find it easy to express themselves in a foreign language and if that is the case they shouldn't have too many problems writing either,but of course there are also people who speak well but commit a lot of spelling mistakes,but these mistakes can be corrected if they work a little to improve their skills.
• Philippines
24 May 11
it pays to be a good speaker at the same time a good writer. It compliments one another, it becomes spontaneous when we are good at these two aspects of communication.
@ma3121 (29)
24 May 11
well it needs to be both a good speaker as well as a good writer..but if you are a good writer then it is better than to be a good speaker...you can learn speaking fluently in english at any time by joining some good classes or interacting with english speaking people..you will learn it fast as you know the meanings of the words which you are going to speak so it is better to be a good writer than to be a good speaker..and if you are both then it is excellent..good luck.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
24 May 11
For me yes you include me on that case.
@shibham (17022)
• India
24 May 11
Hi friend... Neither i am good speaker in english nor writer. But, it happens to me and i confess. Sometimes i cant write the proper word with correct spelling that i have expressed. Anyway, Have a nice day.
@dpk262006 (56531)
• Delhi, India
24 May 11
Hi july! For us Indians, English is not our first languauge. As far as am concerned, I think when we write something we get some time to gather our thoughts and we can modify and frame our Note accordingly. However, speaking English is entirely different and even if one speaks wrong or incorrect English, s/he will not be caught easily. On the other hand, if you are conveying something in 'writing', the expressions should be very clear for 'reader' to understand. I have no problem either in writing or speaking English.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
24 May 11
I think in reality, you need to have both knowledge. Without writing skill, you won't be able to write out your speech using the proper spelling and grammar. And without good knowledge of speaking skill, you won't be able to be a good speaker. In order to succeed in both online and offline job, you will need both skills. That's why, it is important to upgrade knowledge in both skills.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 May 11
I think it has alot to do with how you communicate with one another. If it is by writing then it is very important for them to be able to write and spell words correctly. If they have to speak, then they need to be able to speak and pronounce words correctly also.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
24 May 11
Yes many of the surfers in Bali also speak fluent and conversational English, but they do not write well. I guess, they learned English by associating themselves with the Native Speaker and they do not bother to learn them in writing. I believe the Native Speakers can differentiate who are the best speakers when they do hear us talking. They can determine whether our English is learned in school or on the street. Don't worry, continue with learning the correct spelling and grammar, you will have a different value to your friends who do not learn more of the English.
@larish (2195)
• Philippines
24 May 11
It's important that we familiarize ourselves in both correct use of grammar in speaking and writing. This also includes correct spelling in writing.
• United States
24 May 11
I find that if you do not write the English language well then perhaps while speaking it they will not do as well either. See the brain and voice both need to be coordinated. Therefore, while some learn to get around speaking enough to be understood, you can get a sense if they English proper speaking is not correct as well. Therefore I am afraid that both need to be done properly to be a able to capture audience's full attention. But then it depends on the audience as well.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
24 May 11
Hi,i think you mean some people can communicate very well with other in english. But when it comes to writing, they may don't know how to spell some words. I think this kind of people need to speak english in their working. So little by little, their spoken english become excellent. Maybe they don't need to write a lot in english, so their written english isn't proceed with their spoken english. But i don't know whether have you noticed this or not: there are also some kind of people who are good at written english, i mean they may can express themselves very clear with writing, but when it comes to speaking, they may dumb or can't speak fluent english.
• Philippines
24 May 11
For me I want to be the best of both. It's an essential for my job. However, I guess a person can only be adept in a skill and not in another. In my condition, I'm better off in writing. Tough I really can save myself for good grammar in speaking, I tend to stutter a lot when I speak especially in English since it's not my native tongue. But I can write forever and my thoughts are freely flowing in writing.
@laydee (12813)
• Philippines
24 May 11
In my line of work, which is teaching college students, it's different. Most of them are good with writing but if they are to express their thoughts, most of them can't. However, there are also those who are not good with speaking as well as writing. Perhaps I could blame the text generation and the short-cut words that are used which is why most people nowadays can't seem to spell right, neither are we proficient in the proper use of English words either. More importantly, I think it comes with culture. There are a lot of cultures around the world which do not use English nor treat it as a second-language, however, since they have to adjust to it because of work then they're more likely to learn to use them quicker and learn to write them slower. I couldn't blame the people you are working with to not really have a high caliber or satisfactory writing ability because perhaps their job isn't about writing in the first place. As for which of the two is more important? I think it depends on the kind of job or business you are holding. If your task is more of speaking like perhaps someone who is in operations who needs to tell workers what to do, then perhaps you need to be good in conveying your message through speaking. On the other hand, if your job entails that you need to communicate all throughout the company and other branches through paper, emails, notes and correspondences then perhaps your knowledge of properly conveying messages in writing should be superior - else confusion would come in the instructions you have sent to everyone. But in the end, if the company is working smoothly, or if your employee is effective in the task that he is expected to do, then perhaps it's not really a big deal if he can't write better than how he speaks. Else, it would be high time to choose employees with the right capabilities. Good luck! Have a great mylot experience!