Written English is different to Spoken English

I’ve been reminded this week that written English is different from Spoken English.

Why am I stating the bleeding obvious?

Because when we write scripts or go to the laptop or notebook first when preparing our presentations, we run a very real risk that we’ll write our talk. And we write differently to how we speak. We write longer sentences. They are often more complex. They may be grammatically correct but they don’t ‘flow’ when we say them.

This is not to say that on occasion (rare) we shouldn’t put our words on paper. It’s just that we should sound them out first. And relish the freedom and expression spoken English provides us.


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