Is there any difference between Spoken English and Written English?

India
March 24, 2013 10:16pm CST
Is there any difference between Spoken and Wrutten English? Is Spoke Engklsh similar to Written English? Some people told me that if I can spek English good then I can write good. They say Better English is Simple English! I have learned grammar from textbook but yet now I can join or make sentences grammatically. If you can please help me. One more ??? What is the use of hyphens. Eg: Some put hyphen in between ''Sin-Sick'', ''No-a-days''. But unfortunatelty I can't understand where to put hyphens, semicolon and etc... Please teach me. I want to Learn. Thank You.
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16 responses
• United States
25 Mar 13
Spoken English is quite different from written English. People who were born and bred in an English speaking environment tend to speak English more fluently more than their counterparts who may not have had that privilege; this is true for those countries that have their own indigenous languages. You discover that when it comes to written English, they might not be better than those in the rural dwelling.
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@avers27 (31)
• Poland
25 Mar 13
I am an master of English phylology and can tell you that probably no one will explain you deeper than in grammar books where to put hyphens. You need to FEEL their usage and period. But for now, read the use of hyphens in grammar books. I have an English grammar books collection so easilly can email you at least some of them if it seem suitable to you.
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
My mom gave the glare when I bought two more grammar books. Rules on grammar sometimes chnage and it's better to update. Besides, those work exercises does make me feel that I'm still good with words.
• India
25 Mar 13
the best way is to express yourself by speaking and writing. Listening in on a discussion will also improve your vocab and writing skills.
@fannekhan (783)
• India
25 Mar 13
There is a difference, of course. Someone who can write well can speak well. There are exceptions of course. But it may not be true vic versa. Because when you are writing you need good grammar, correct spelling, precise and concise writing skills and the ability to hold the interest of your reader. constant-content dot com is a great site where you can find the detailed instructions to write well. why don't you visit the site and do some research to learn what it means to write well.
@vandana7 (68972)
• India
26 Mar 13
I know whom you meant with that explanation...
@cvodrey (227)
• United States
25 Mar 13
It's not 'write good', it's 'write well'...that's a mild jab done in fun, but true to point. I am not criticizing, btw, I give you my fullest respect. FYI: There are native English speakers who do not know where to put hyphens. You are not alone there. Depending on which writer's 'bible' you use, (AP or Chicago, for instance) style varies. Spoken English is less specific. If people understand you, you're doing fine. People don't normally judge you too critically if you misuse placement of nouns or prepositions (unless they are snobbish), but they can usually place your geographical upbringing and educational levels according to proper and improper syntax, as well as word choice. 'Supper' in the Midwest is 'Dinner' in the West, and whereas Kansans drink 'Pop', a Californian drinks 'Soda'. Texans just call it 'Coke'. Writing is different. If it is done for work purposes, or for school, being able to write and be understood is not good enough. You have to have proper structure and spelling. In the spoken word no one knows if we can spell...it only matters that it is understandable. Until I was 6-years-old, I had experienced five 'burtdays' and washed with a 'worsh rag'. If spoken, these pronunciations would be fine; they would only lead the listener to assume I have family from Arkansas. If written AS spoken, there would be a problem. There is no guarantee that proper spoken grammar will transfer to the written page meticulously, so speaking well does not mean you will write well. Whoever told you that is wrong.
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
In addition, spoken language is more prone to regionalization (adopting the language where you came former situation) and much more change of changing.
@MrGhost (550)
25 Mar 13
It is obviously different from each other. In written English, you have to stick firmly to grammar but in spoken one, you don't need it so strictly.
@ksktika (271)
• United States
25 Mar 13
yes, i am agree with you. in english written more grammar and it happened to me too. i dont speak english very well, and bad in written. but i try to make other people understand me when i speak. hopefully i can be better in english.
@vandana7 (68972)
• India
26 Mar 13
Personally, I dont find much. You need to read a lot of English story books..say about 60 to 100 to get habituated to correct grammar usage I suppose. I too make mistakes...but that is because I have stopped reading much. Good books help to create a thought process in English, and some of the grammar starts fitting in automatically. You can also experience similar effect by watching English movies. But reading is always better. :)
@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
26 Mar 13
Hi Admin! For those who are were born on English speaking countries, of course speaking in English in easier. But I find speaking more difficult than writing basically because that is not my primary language. Have a great day!
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
26 Mar 13
Speaking good english does not mean you will write it well. But the vice versa is true. Reason, there are many lingo that people will use when they speak. When put it in text format, they ain't proper english.
@biman_s (1061)
• India
26 Mar 13
There is a lot of difference in spoken English and written English. You might be a very good writer but you might not necessarily be a good speaker. Or the opposite might be true. So I think there is a lot of difference in both.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
25 Mar 13
I don't think it's that way. There are loads of native speakers who can't spell words in a right way to save their lives. English is a splendid language in that way that from a word's pronunciaton you might not be able to guess the spelling - I'm not a native speaker, and sometimes I have a problem with writing down words that I haven't heard before. Like the word fir (which is not fur! haha :D), I wanted to write phir... or razilliant instead of resilient. And I have to say that, otherwise, I speak English pretty well, and I can write pretty well, too. Also, you have to bear in mind that spoken language is in a lot of cases more informal than written language. It might not matter if you write an informal letter, but some terms might be accepted in spoken English, but not necessarily accepted or liked in more formal writing.
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
25 Mar 13
Better English is simple English? To me English is the English spoken in England, more specific Oxford English. I think people who do speak that will write in exactly the same way. If it's really true that if you speak English well you write it well also I doubt. My children do speak Dutch very well, at a way higher level as other children in their age, still they are not writing it perfectly. Since they are only 9 and 7 years old. No-a-days???
@meumeu25 (917)
• United Arab Emirates
25 Mar 13
Ok, so I'm just gonna answer this logically. The difference between spoken and writen English are, in writen you only get to write words in English although you will have to be careful with spellings, correct usage and right way to write the English words. While in spoken you will have to voice out the words and pronounce them accordingly. For both you will have to know the meaning and when or how to use them. I hope my logic is right .
@jricky1 (6808)
• China
25 Mar 13
I believe oral english can be much relax and not that formal to use when speaking.Written english is most seen when we are learning the language.To be honest,i love to speak with local people to learn how to communicate and it's the most important thing to consider,isn't it?
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
Speaking and writing any language is always different because both are two completely unique skills. Many people pick the language faster when it is spoken because we can learn easily by mimicking sounds. In terms of writing, it is a little more difficult because you have a set of rules that serves as guidelines or standards. In addition, writing is more complex and complicated since it is somewhat more considered as formal and thorough. You have a lot of things to consider before people can judge you as a good writer. Some people try to combine the two – as in writing as they speak. It’s not a rule but sometimes some writers can pull it off. However, as mentioned, there are additional things that needed to be attended to before a piece is considered worth of even reading. In learning grammar (assuming that you are writing), you need to learn the rules but you also need to have an ‘instinct’ about them. If you exposed yourself enough for the language, you don’t need a grammar book constantly at your side. You can take a peek once in a while to make sure that your piece needs it. But you’re also observing your ideas and thoughts if you subconsciously put the rules firth. Let the idea flow; grammar is there just to make your message clear.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
25 Mar 13
Hi Admin1993, spoken english and written english is completely different for me. I can express my view, opinion as well as feeling relaxing via writing. I even don't have to bother the pronunciation of he words I write. I can find the meaning of the word if I don't understand. I don't have to answer instantly if I'm questioned in the mail or letter or question paper. I find difficulty if speaking face to face. May be the opposite side doesn't get the meaning what I speak for my poor pronunciation. I do my best to improve my spoken english watching more english movies with the same subtitle frequently. I believe doing more reading we can learn how to use hyphens correctly. Happy posting
@allknowing (72751)
• India
25 Mar 13
If one has got a good grounding by learning the language from books,learning by going to school, from listening to channels like the BBC and mingling with those who have also got a similar grounding then there will not be much difference between what is spoken and what is written.