Vocabulary To Improve Your Speaking

Essential vocabulary to improve your speaking skills. Native speakers use these vocabulary words and phrases all the time in their daily conversations.

By mastering these must-know words and phrases relating to thinking and expressing your thoughts in English, you’re taking a big step toward sounding like a native speaker. 

It’s not just about improving your vocabulary; it’s about feeling at ease when you have daily conversations in English. And remember, practice makes perfect. The more you use these English words in your conversations, the more confident and proficient you’ll become in expressing yourself in English. 

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Vocabulary to improve your speaking

In today’s advanced English lesson, we’re going to talk about words and phrases connected to thinking and how to use them. I’ll share a list of 10 words and provide examples to help you understand better.

It’s nothing complicated, so no need to worry! We’ll go through this vocabulary together and discover some interesting ways to talk about thinking and instinct in English.

rational thinker

Meaning: someone who makes decisions and solves problems based on logical and reasonable thinking


Being a rational thinker, Linda carefully evaluates situations and makes smart choices.

John is a rational thinker. When you ask him something, he takes time before responding to questions.

on a whim

Meaning: doing something suddenly or impulsively, without much thought or planning


One morning, I woke up and felt like it was time for a break, so I booked a holiday on a whim.

I don’t usually do things on a whim, but I thought I would be a little spontaneous this time.

On a whim, Laura decided to resign after a heated row with her boss.

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gut instinct/feeling

Meaning: an intuitive and immediate sense or feeling about a situation or decision


Susan, feeling unsure, listened to her gut instinct telling her not to go ahead with it.

I decided to apply for the new job based on my gut feeling that it would be a good fit for me.

spontaneous decision

Meaning: a choice or action made quickly, without much planning or forethought


While sitting and having coffee, a spontaneous decision to try a new dessert suddenly came into my mind.

He sold his car, received the cash, and donated it to charity. It was a spontaneous decision.

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know subconsciously

Meaning: understanding or being aware of something without actively thinking about it


In our daily tasks, many times our subconscious decisions influence the way we do our work.

It was my subconscious decision to approach the boss differently.

weigh up

Meaning: to think about and compare things before deciding


I am weighing up whether to accept the offer for the new job.

I always weigh up the costs and benefits before making a big purchase.

deep down

Meaning: it’s how you truly feel inside, even if it seems different on the outside


We weigh up the options for a long time, but deep down, we know the decision we have to make.

Deep down, you know it’s the right decision for the team when someone isn’t fitting in properly.

Vocabulary to improve your speaking

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mull over

Meaning: to think about or consider something carefully and for a while


I need some time to mull over whether I should accept the job offer.

Leave it with me, let me mull it over for a few days. I’ll give you my answer on Monday.

think twice about something

Meaning: to carefully reconsider or have reservations before deciding or taking an action


My coworker suggested a change in our project strategy, but I decided to think twice before implementing it.

After accepting the job offer, she began to have second thoughts about relocating to a new city.

have a hunch

Meaning: to have a strong feeling or guess about sth, even if you don’t know why you feel that way


I have a hunch that he is not going to turn up today. It’s 9 o’clock, and nobody has heard anything from him.

I have a hunch that the board are going to make some announcement.

Okay, here is our advanced vocabulary to improve your speaking skills. Learn how to discuss, think, and plan for different situations in English.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Try using these in your conversations and see how they work. If you need more help, contact me at www.englishlessonviaskype.com. I’m here to help and provide additional examples for you if necessary.

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more information

For more information on English grammar rules, English collocations and English idioms, check out the links below:

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You can always study English advanced level at Learning English with the BBC and British Council Learn English.

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