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So I wasn't really sure how to phrase the question but do you ever find that when you write essays or certain papers that require more professional language you tend to speak differently than when you speak vocally? In other words, when my parents read my papers they often tell me that what I say doesn't sound like me at all. Do you ever have this issue?

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Well, if you have ever communicated with me in person or even via skype (be it text or voice) you will find that the more essay-like language and punctuation I use in conversing on the forums and in more professional writings is far from how I speak in person or in a more releaxed unfettered environment.

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Oh yeah. I tend to sound very academic when I write. When I speak vocally, I can talk in professional language if I want, but most of the time I don't want to. I usually only speak in a professional style when I'm explaining concepts to people (the exception being if I'm teaching my 7th graders - they need things explained in kid-friendly language).

 

I think most people's tone changes when they transition from written language to vocal language. People change their tone all the time depending on what the situation calls for. I guess this kind of relates to a pretty common social phenomenon in linguistics called "code switching." People switch between different dialects or different varieties of speech/writing depending on the social situation. :)

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My writing vocabulary is superior to my speaking vocabulary.  I've ample time to work out precisely what I want to express when I'm writing, and I'm comparably more comfortable writing than I am speaking.  If I devote too much time to exactly communicating a thought out loud, the moment and opportunity may well have passed.  Not that I'm incapable of putting on airs and vocally flinging my vocabulary someone's way lol, but I'm under the impression that...  People tend to dislike that.  If I resort to that at all it probably occurs within the context of a disagreement.

 

So, in general, my manner of speech is largely dissimilar to my manner of writing.

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No, not really.

 

When I write, it is the truest form of my words coming directly out from me. Writing is my primary means of communication, honed through years of practice on the internet. I am very eloquent, and very skilled. Each word is carefully chosen for maximum effect. The way the sentence looks, the way it sounds when it is mentally read, all of these things are considered in but an instant in my mind. I can write so quickly and with little thought. It feels natural to me.

 

To contrast, when I open my mouth, it is harder to control what comes out of there due to nervousness. When you have to speak, you have to do it quickly because there's a person looking at you expectantly most of the time. You don't have time to just sit there, think, and gather your thoughts alone. They are waiting. This thought of somebody waiting for me to instantly create material results in lower quality and words that are much more haphazardly chosen. When I speak, I stumble and mispronounce more often than I make typos. I use much more casual language because I need to speak quickly. Also, I am very brisk and only say the bare minimum. Lastly, I curse more, and I am influenced by how others speak.

 

I'm trying to make my speech more reflect my true thoughts and mind, but it still takes lots of practice. Still, I think I have improved over the years.

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When I have to write a big essay, I always make it look as fancy and professional as possible. Otherwise I just put in the effort that is needed to receive an A+ and no more.

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Not at all. I never had the ability to word myself perfectly while speaking, but i make up for it by being much more flowing with my writing. Writing things gives me the luxury of time, staying a bit back and checking out what i write before sending it off. This allows me to choose words carefully and get my point across easily. :)

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Yes, I tend to write more sophisticated when writing anything in general. When I speak I still do but my shy nature reflects my simplicity of words so it's not as fancy and long.

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My speech pattern resembles a really mellow dude from the hood. I've spent my time in the streets and around that kind of urban dialect so that is what I am comfortable with. People are shocked when I choose to speak articulately when they are used to hearing my more casual speech pattern, however my bosses are used to my more formal way of speaking. 

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I write the way I talk, usually. Sometimes I get a little more polite, but I prefer to sound the way I would were you talking to me. 

 

*shrugs* I feel like if I'm writing formally, I'm not really being me. 

 

I get more formal with essays if I have to, but if I don't, you better believe I'll be writing in my own voice. It's much more fun, and real.  :P

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Not at all when I type I consciously  try to avoid patterns that I use when speaking because i want to separate who i am online from who i am offline. this makes it quite hard for me to type my own language as it is quite emotionally taxing.

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It depends on what I'm writing. If I'm trying to sound professional I use my professional writing voice. But when I'm just kickin' back and being me I absotootely use my own mannerisms. For creative writing I sort of mix the two and make it professional but with a light and casual touch.

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When writing academically, my writing is nothing like how I talk. When it comes to fanfiction or writing fiction in general, then you will find similar speech(usually when two characters are talking) to what I use every day. I guess it also has to do with my mood at the time of writing. If I'm not particularly happy or something of the sort, then my writing with sound lifeless or choppy.

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