Can you SPEAK better than you WRITE?

Can you speak or write better? - A picture of a microphone and a quill.
Singapore
April 2, 2007 12:55pm CST
I used to be terribly bad at both. My English teacher will shake her head and express disbelief at my incompetence at writing. When I needed to give presentations, my face will turn red and I would endeavor not to trip over my tongue. Well, those were the dark days. Ah... to be finally free of the manacles of ridicule! ^^ So can you speak better than you write? Or can you write better than you speak? I used to be terribly bad at both. Now I am passingly adequate at both. I can't decide if I am better at one or the other. How about you? Are you more in your element when conversing with people? Or are you an artist with your quill and ink? Do share your thoughts. ;-)
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
2 Apr 07
I am actually the other way round! I can write far better than I can speak, in actual fact I actually prefer to talk to people via writing, be it through texts, emails, letters. I am more confident when it comes to writing. I have excellent spelling skills and being a typist and secretary I can relay my thoughts and can get more done via writing than via talking. I've always been this way. I am also very creative in my writings, I used to write stories, poems and I keep a daily journal.
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• Singapore
2 Apr 07
If you try reading aloud those words you write, might it help you to improve your speaking?
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@AmbiePam (49887)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Good suggestion - my English professor in college always urged us to do that.
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• Singapore
3 Apr 07
With anything, you need discipline. ;-)
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
As you well know by now, I'm mostly alone all the time. Whatever thoughts and feelings I have are all kept intact in my mind. I don't know though if I still have a heart (LOL). Whenever something is troubling me, I found that writing down helps me a lot. I'm certainly better at writing than speaking. Honestly, I feel that my mind is the only thing that's alive and not my heart.
• Singapore
2 Apr 07
I am sure you do. A small bunny heart. :P
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@AmbiePam (49887)
• United States
3 Apr 07
We love the bunny. : )
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
Thanks ambie. I just feel that my brain is bigger than my heart. Don't want to use my heart too much for now. :)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I am about the same in both if I am speaking English but in a foreign language I am much better in speaking than writing.
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• Philippines
2 Apr 07
It is easier to learn to speak languages than write. Some words, specially French, are written so differently from the way they are spoken. I highly agree with you on this.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
no I write better that I speak. Because I can go back and change the words
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• Canada
2 Apr 07
I can write a lot better than I speak, mostly because of my newfie accent...we all have different slang phrases here depending which part of the island you grew up in. Some of us put letters in where there isnt any and sometimes we take letters out...its just our culture I guess, but I know its what makes us unique from everyone else on the globe...most folks outside the province of Newfoundland say that we sound Irish...or English...I dont hear it, but my friends who hear me speak say so.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Speaking is easier if you truly believe in your topic.
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• Singapore
3 Apr 07
;-)
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
2 Apr 07
Who would have thought you were not good at English... It amazes me that you are from singapore and me born and bread in Australia you are I think better than me.... I have trouble speaking sometimes maybe I'm nervouse and my brain thinks faster than I speak sometimes and I muddle words and don't always speak clearly(get tounge tied).. I've found since becoming a member of a few forums it has helped me alot in writing. I feel I write better than I speak overall... I find I get confused with what I'm trying to say sometimes when speaking especially in public...
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• Singapore
3 Apr 07
Lol.. we all have to start somewhere. :P
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@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Public speaking would still put me into silence I have stage fright more than the fact that I can speak publicly. But if I meet a lot of strangers it is not that I can not converse I can express myself quite well and also make new friends! But still I feel I write much better. I am good at communications. In school it was much different I could never have the courage speak at presentations, infact I would develop all kind of throat problems (contrived ofcourse)before a presentation and be magically cured just after the presentation! But college changed that part quite a lot I became more confident of myself and was involved in a lot of active debating and public speaking, I even went campaigning for my friends whenever it was the election time. We would have this every year to select the president, counsellors, vice president, etc etc representing our college to the student body at the university level. I became quite good at public speaking but after I quit college I have not had much oppurtunities for the same, but I still am good at communications its only the stage that would kill me I think! But when it comes to writing I can be quite good at it, I can be atriculate, I can be fancy , I can be communicatively uncommunicative, I can be coherent, I can be sensitive, I can be Flossy and at times rude too if need be. ;)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Haha:P
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@Macthedj (630)
2 Apr 07
I have to admit I write better than I speak. I love to speak to an audience aswell but I can never find the right things to say at the right time. I might be needing to use a certain word during a speech but I cannot think of anything suitable so all that will come out is gibberish. But whn I want to write something i find that the words come to me with more ease, I think my main problem if i am being honest is that I try to make myself sound more intelligent than I am, to do this I try to use big fancy words that only a few would know the meaning, thats when I become the idiot.lol
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• Singapore
3 Apr 07
Try speaking slower. It might help you to form more coherent thoughts. ^^
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2 Apr 07
Well if your message above represents incompetence I really have no idea what your teachers expect from your. Your English is very good, and you have a wide range of vocabulary. Personally, I find it easier to express myself in writing than speaking but it depends upon who I am speaking to. For example, if I am speaking in a group then it is easier to get my point across in written form, because I can get embarrassed which makes it harder to speak what I want to say.
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• Singapore
2 Apr 07
Thank you, thank you, thank you. :P
• Canada
2 Apr 07
I prefer to write, so I guess I'm better at writing lol. English in school was my best subject, but I hated giving presentations because like you, I would turn red and trip over my words, and I was convinced that everyone thought my presentations were rubbish lol. Even nowadays, I much much prefer writing or texting over actually talking to someone. My heart races when I talk to strangers and I get a little embarrassed and I do still trip over my words sometimes. I find that absolutely horrifying lol.
• Singapore
2 Apr 07
Does it still happen? The blushing like a flower in full bloom thingy?
@hezoid (2148)
2 Apr 07
I'm actually quite good at both, probably a little better than average, mainly due to the fact that i've been in education most of my life up untill last year, which basically means i've been continually improving both skills. Not sure about my spelling though, i do tend to rely on spell checkers a lot especially in Word!
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• Singapore
2 Apr 07
Haha, I use the in-built spell checker in Firefox too. Save the trouble for me (though I do get most words right most of the time :P).
@rainbow (6763)
2 Apr 07
My typing seems to get worse all the time, years ago I worked in an office and could type really accurately but now the typo fairy seems to be living in my keyboard so I must talk better than I write now.
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• Singapore
2 Apr 07
Maybe your wrist and fingers want some rest.
@afreddy (182)
• India
2 Apr 07
I am equally bad at both, I used to be very eloquent at one time in both my speech and my writing. That was the time when I was a voracious reader. Now I have lost the ability toconverse on any topic and to put my pen to paper and come out with a good page of effort.
• Singapore
2 Apr 07
If you had it, you can get it back. Try!
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Apr 07
I've always been a writer, since I was very young. As a preteen and young teenager, I had several poems and stories published and won many writing contests. While I don't have the best confidence in my writing abilities now, having been out of school for almost ten years, I do know that I have at least some raw talent in that area. Speaking, however, does not come naturally for me. In fact, I didn't start speaking at all until I was four years old due to trauma. When I did start speaking, I would either ramble pointlessly for hours about nothing, or suddenly feel shy and go back to saying nothing. I didn't really deal with this difficulty head-on until high school, when I found out that my English teacher was also the coach of the speech team. Not only that, but when she was in high school, she and my father had been on the speech team together, and she was hoping I would be as good as he was. I was terrified, but I tried it, and I found it helped me get over a lot of my fear. I did impromptu speaking, in which I was given a topic just a few minutes before I actually had to speak on it, and I even competed at the national level. So I'd have to say these days I'm worse at writing than I used to be, being out of practice, and better at speaking than I used to be. So I must be just okay, but I get along. =)
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@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Lecanis I can not help but say that you are good at writing dear and if you are good at speaking then you are good at both of them! Cheers :)
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• Singapore
3 Apr 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Maybe you were putting too much pressure on yourself.:P
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
3 Apr 07
Thank you, DeaXyza! It's great to hear that you like my writing. =) Lordwarwizard, I think I did put a lot of pressure on myself, and it made me feel like the things I loved doing were less fun. I'm still youngish (26) so maybe one of these days I'll find the fun in them again. =) Wooohoo medal! Thank you!
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
3 Apr 07
On the whole, I would have to say that I am a better writer than speaker. I'd BETTER be, I suppose, since I write for a living! Seriously, though, I think I express myself better in writing because I have the benefit of the "backspace key," pure and simple. In conversation, you can't really sit and noodle a sentence around until it sounds "just right." Well, I suppose you CAN, but usually the conversation will have moved on by the time you get around to saying what you want. That said, speaking is not really a "problem" for me, especially around friends who know that my mouth often spits out stuff that's rather nonsensical. The only place I might come across as a little awkward is in large groups of people I don't know at all... I really don't have a very good "hail fellow, well met" routine for talking to complete strangers. Public speaking (whereas it does make me nervous) is less of a problem because I tend to work from a written script.
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
That's cool. I don't mind writing for a living too. Maybe like that potter gal lol. Can't find anyone to give me a writing job. *sniff*
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
5 Apr 07
well said, denmarkguy.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
5 Apr 07
well said, denmarkguy.
@crackhead (1826)
• India
3 Apr 07
I write better than i speak. In School i was a terrible speaker and writer later on did lot of home work on improving my english. While i write i have enough time to think upon what i am writing and will check two or three times before i end the letter or what ever article it is. I am neither and artist with quill and ink nor good and conversing i am yet to develop a lot of skills in english speaking and writing.
@crackhead (1826)
• India
3 Apr 07
Lol thankx AmbiePam.
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• Singapore
3 Apr 07
Keep trying, way to go. ;-)
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I defintely write better than I speak, although I speak well. The problem with my speaking is that I sometimes am at a loss for the right words and therefore, my speaking isn't as effective as my writing. I have more time to choose my words carefully when writing and it is my preferable form of communication.
• Singapore
2 Apr 07
Seems that we have many good writers here. ^^
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
2 Apr 07
yep. atleast when writing, we can edit and review and edit and review as much as we want to. we do have more time to think of great and better words to use than when infront of a group speaking.
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• Singapore
2 Apr 07
You guys and gals are hardworking! I normally just post my responses straight without editing. I only spent a bit more effort for my discussions since it would be the very first post. :P
@weemam (13377)
2 Apr 07
I am artistic in the sense that I can knit , sew ,crochet , I can also paper paint do DIY and make cards and I write poems , but to be honest ,, I think I can chat face to face better than write,When I started on My lot , It took me ages to write responses because I thought they would all sound silly ( and maybe they do lol ) but I just went for it , and I write from the heart , If it's wrong , then it's wrong but it is the best I can do and I am thoroughly enjoying it . xx
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
But if you just pretend to talk instead of write and just type what you are going to say...
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@weemam (13377)
3 Apr 07
Thanks for that pal I will do that xx
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
4 Apr 07
Hello wizard..To tell the truth I am not really up to par on either my writing or my speaking.I am also not really good at spelling..I am always making mistakes in my writing and it is mostly due to the fact,I am not that good at spelling..I know how to write and really enjoy writing but i have trouble with my spelling..I am not to sure where all the comma's and periods,are suppose to go.I have written many poems,and have written a few articles but it always has to be corrected...I mess up in my speaking as well.
• Singapore
4 Apr 07
Hmm.. you thought you write pretty well. And I think you have a very sharp mind. As for spelling, why don't you download the Firefox browser and use it? It has an in-built spell checker that I find quite useful. ^^
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
4 Apr 07
Oh come now sweet wizard...your writing is superlative and you know it. You are also very creative. i have a good vocabulary but I lack creativity. I speak rather well so I think my writing would be just a tad below my speaking abilities. I pride myself on being grammatically correct as i cannot abide people saying things like seen instead of saw and done instead of did. Education is available to the majority of people these days...I just wish people who need it most would avail themselves of it. I guess some things will never change. My wish is that my typing ability would improve. LOL
• Singapore
4 Apr 07
Oh gosh, you can't stand people making grammatical errors? But I do make them sometimes because I prefer writing for the ear - which needs me to ignore some grammar rules. :P