Your Vocabulary Limits your Ability to Think and Experience Life

To live a full life you must expand your vocabulary around familiar topic areas and entirely new ones

Kesh Anand


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An English speaker can get through most daily situations with a vocabulary of about 3000 words. Most other languages have a similar number of words required to get through the day-to-day.

If your vocabulary is significantly less than this — you will struggle to communicate your message and intent to others or understand theirs.

Why then, is it important to learn more than this?

Because words allow you to identify, analyse and communicate experiences and ideas that are difficult to otherwise get your head around — let alone succinctly. This applies to familiar topic areas as well as entirely new ones.

Familiar topic areas:

You’ve probably drunk a glass of wine before. If you’re an average person — you can probably tell if a wine is red or white, sweet or….not sweet. You’d also describe it as such.

Having a greater vocabulary around wine tasting would allow you to make a statement like this:

“It is a cloudy dark ruby drop. On the nose it was earthy with cedar overtones. Strong tannins coming through on the palate, with only a little bit of acidity. Had a very smooth finish.”

Having the descriptor words like the above in your verbal arsenal allows you to break the wine tasting experience beyond your tongue — but to include your eyes and nose.

It also equips you to look for those particularly nuanced smells and tastes whilst drinking the wine itself — thus allowing you to have a more immersive experience.

Now imagine trying to communicate the above experience to a friend by being limited to saying “oh yeah, it was red and it wasn’t too sweet”.

Now consider how building your vocabulary around activities from your everyday life might change how you experience life. Having words to better describe your food and coffee; the clothes you wear…