DON'T SAY So, Very, Really
Intensifiers -- Americans love to sound exciting and interesting by using intensifiers.
Yes, they can be overused, but I notice that many English learners don’t use them at all!
The English students I have who DO use them sound much more natural and native-like.
미국인들은 오버하는 표현을 좋아한다.
그런데 영어를 쓰는 외국인들은 그런 표현에 좀 약한듯
그래서 영어 배우는 학생들에게 더 자연스럽고 좋은 표현을 알려줌!
Intensifiers you probably already know include:
And also we can use more interesting words instead of
simply re-using these 3 basic words over and over.
흔히 쓰는 위의 표현보다 더 흥미로운 표현들이 아래 있음.
Very big = enormous
Very small = tiny
Very smart = brilliant
Very bad = awful, horrible, dreadful
Very sure = certain
Very good = excellent, amazing, awesome
Very tasty = delicious
Your house is very big → enormous
My apartment is very small → tiny
You are very smart → brilliant
This movie is very bad → awful
I’m very sure I left my keys on the table → I’m certain
This book is very good → excellent
This food is very tasty → delicious
We can also add more interesting intensifiers before the better vocabulary words:
더 흥미로운 표현들 추가 => 아래 표현들은 미국인들 대화때 정말 많이 쓰긴 함
You’ll notice that often, certain intensifiers are paired with specific vocabulary words, for example:
아래 단언들은 서로 짝을 이루어서 잘 쓰임.
Absolutely dreadful, horrible, delicious
Absolutely amazing, incredible, wonderful, fantastic, brilliant
Awfully good, interesting
Remember these pairings, called collocations! You’ll sound much more native-like.
We can mix them up in different combinations too,
but those are really common and easy to memorize and start using.
아래 조합들을 잘 말하면 네거티브 처럼 말할 수 있음.
다른 방법으로 섞어서 사용할 수도 있지만,
아래 조합이 일반적이고 암기하기도 좋고 사용하기도 좋음.
Your house is very big → absolutely enormous
My apartment is very small → awfully tiny
You are very smart → totally brilliant
This movie is very bad → completely awful
I’m very sure I left my keys on the table → I’m quite certain
This book is very good → particularly excellent
This food is very tasty → dangerously delicious