Active vs Passive English Vocabulary: And How to Make More Vocabulary Active

Active vs Passive English Vocabulary TF

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Do you know the difference between active and passive English vocabulary?

In this video, I explain the difference, and also talk about how you can improve your active vocabulary so that you can speak more fluently.

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The Difference Between Active and Passive Vocabulary

The difference is this:

  • Passive vocabulary: vocabulary you can understand but can’t use when writing or speaking.
  • Active vocabulary: vocabulary you can use when speaking and/or writing.

One thing to know is that you will always have more passive vocabulary than active vocabulary.

And that is normal.

As I mentioned in the video, native speakers know more passive than active vocabulary. Think about this in your native language regarding medical terms, legal terms, and even slang.

Additionally, the language that you read in the papers, hear in the news, and listen to on certain podcasts isn’t conversational.

How to Increase Your Active Vocabulary

Before you start trying to make more vocabulary active, know that…

You don’t need to make all passive vocabulary active. It’s smart to focus on what type of English YOU are going to use when trying to make vocabulary active.

You can increase your active vocabulary by:

  • Using it by speaking and writing (you might need to take your time and work with a teacher to help you)
  • Using digital flashcards
  • Repeating after native speakers
  • Getting lots of input and repetition

But remember: focus on the English that you are going to use.

Additionally, after listening to and reading a lot of English, then you will subconsciously internalize this English, and be able to use it during conversation.

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  • jalil

    thank you Mr was very important for me. i will use your direction

    • Glad you liked it and thanks for your comment.

  • Cinara

    Great advice!

  • Asela

    yes, but for general life, day to day life speaking what is the vocabulary. that is more important. How can we gather them. watching videos? reading news papers? or is there any easy method than those.

  • Zara Zieno

    Thanks a lot Mr Jack. I really enjoyed watching the video.

  • MR

    I like your video and I will use your recommendations and advices. Thank you Mr. Jack