Read the text. Choose a title for each section of the text from the list. Write the letter of the chosen title next to the number of the section. An example (0) has been given. Note that there are more titles than needed. Use each title only once.
SOUND SMARTER – STOP SAYING ‘LIKE’
Like it or not, how you talk can lead people to make a lot of assumptions about who you are, where you’re from, and how educated (or not so educated) you might be. One of the most overused words in recent years has been the word ‘like’ in both casual and professional conversations.
If you’re a habitual ‘like’ user, you’re not alone. Even the President is known to use a few ‘likes’ in his everyday speech. Yet refining your speech patterns can be a big benefit when you’re looking for work, giving presentations, or even just dating. Here are some methods, tips and tricks.
0._____M_____ If you simply can’t seem to break your bad habit of ‘like’ overuse, then it may be time to stop using it altogether. Replace the word with any other word that means about the same thing. Listeners will get your point and you’ll avoid backtracking in your progress.
One way to stop using ‘like’ in weird places throughout your speech is to take the time to learn where it should actually fall with regard to standard usage rules. If you’re unsure, take a look in the dictionary entry for the word. There are several usages explained.
2. ____It’s hard to understand how other people hear you, as often you don’t realize that you have weird speech patterns or tics when you hear yourself in your own head. A solution can be making a recording of your everyday conversation. This will make it easier to see how and when you use ‘like’ and get some ideas on how to stop doing it.
Whenever you catch yourself using ‘like’ to put words in someone’s mouth, replace it with a verb that more specifically describes how the person spoke: yelled, whispered, answered, exclaimed, insisted etc. This keeps the interest of your listeners and gives life to your recollections. Compare “She was like, ‘Mind your own business!’” to “She snarled, ‘Mind your own business!’”
One way to motivate yourself to get rid of those ‘likes’ is to give yourself a goal to meet. See how long you can go without saying the word, track your progress each day, or make a game out of kicking the habit to the curb. It might sound silly, but it can be a bigger motivator than you realize.
|Acquire new words|
|Learn how to use ‘like’ correctly|
|Know the most common ways ‘like’ is misused|
|Pause when you would say ‘like’|
|First think then speak|
|Stop using ‘like’ before a quote|
|Make your speaking shorter|
|Make your vocabulary ‘disliked’|
|Ask others to help you|
|Use other words instead of ‘like’|