How an “as soon as possible” synonym improves communication

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How an “as soon as possible” synonym improves communication

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Transcript: Today's lesson is meant to show you ways of increasing your vocabulary. I know some of the other teachers on engVid.com have done these lessons, I just want to throw my two cents in. If you know what that means, it means I want to give my own piece of advice. I have few ideas for you, we're going to start with these, we'll look at a few others, more practical ones as well. The most important thing that you can do to increase your vocabulary is read, read a lot. What should you read? Anything and everything, but the most important thing is: read what you are interested in, okay? If you like sports, read a sports magazine. If you like movies, read a movie magazine, even better, read the script of the movie. If the movie is based on a novel, read the novel. For example, recently the movie "Life of Pi" was very famous in the theaters, it's based on a novel, read the novel, it's a pretty good book. My favorite movie, "Shawshank Redemption", based on a novela by Stephen King, read it. Best way to increase your... See more →

Transcript: Today, you're going to learn how to speak more professionally in business situations.Now, at times, it's all right to use informal language. It's acceptable in everyday situations.But there are times when you'll want to create a more powerful impression. And at that time,you'll want to be able to use business English. What's the difference between general Englishand business English? Well, sometimes, there's not very much difference. Sometimes, generalEnglish is used in business contexts. But sometimes, you use a higher-level word. Andthat's what I'm going to teach you in this lesson. Let's look at somereally easy, common examples. For example, if you say -- or if you want tosay, "I got your email", in regular English, you might just say, "I got your email." Whatwould you say if you want to make it business English? You would say -- I'm giving you a clue.The word starts with R. Instead of saying, "I got your email"; "Ireceived your email." Okay? Now, it becomes moreformal and more business-like. Suppose you want to tell someone, "I needyour help" or, "I need some help." What word could you use that startswith R instead of "need"? "Require." So insteadof saying... See more →

Key quotes:

  • "Your co-worker just sent you a message on Slack: Bossy McBosserpants I need the report as soon as possible What runs through your head? Here’s a tip: Want to make sure your writing always looks great? Grammarly can save you from misspellings, grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and other writing issues on all your favorite websites"
  • "Your writing, at its best"
  • "via GIPHY Requests that include “as soon as possible” (or the ubiquitous acronym ASAP) can come across as rude"
  • "Whether we view ASAP as rude or demanding depends on intangible factors like the context in which it’s used and your relationship with the person you’re communicating with"
  • "Here are a few pros and cons"
  • "There are a few other ways to express need without resorting to the gruffness or ambiguity of “as soon as possible”"
  • "Consider these alternatives: When you weigh the pros and cons, there are few good reasons to ask for anything ASAP, and some compelling reasons not to"
  • "The best alternative is a simple one—be specific"
  • "Let’s compare: Bossy McBosserpants I need the report as soon as possible Vs"
  • "Helpful McHelpfulson Our team’s goal is to finish this project by the end of the month."
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Key quotes:

  • "Instead of “Tabitha… Bob… do you think we have the human capital to get this product off the ground?” try something more humane like “Do you two think our team is capable of launching this product?” I’ve found business people use this phrase when they want to make their underwhelming organization, product, service or marketing plan sound more impressive than it actually is"
  • "Instead of “Seriously guys and gals — we can’t work in silos and expect to meet this deadline” try something like “Why aren’t we communicating with one another and how can we fix it?” This is a phrase business individuals use to make themselves feel less guilty for acting like assholes to one another or to make themselves feel better about someone else acting like an asshole to them"
  • "Instead of “Forward thinking senior leaders are exceptionally talented at circling back on key deliverables” try something like “Great leaders remind their team to get what needs to get done, done.” Alright, that’s it for now folks — after getting my ducks in a row I opened the Kimono and hit the ground running, giving you 110% — while there are a lot of moving parts in this piece hopefully I’ve empowered you to buy-in to double-checking your business buzzwords instead of drinking the Kool-Aid — together we’re really going to move the needle."
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Key quotes:

  • "Some effective strategies for learning new vocabulary words that you can put to use in your writing include: Reading everything you can get your hands on is one of the most passive and most effective ways to boost your vocabulary"
  • "Exercises such as this will help you put the new words you use into practice in order to better commit them to your memory"
  • "Learning just one new word every day is a highly effective way to incrementally expand your vocabulary over time"
  • "However you choose your daily word, though, take the time to memorize the word and try to use it as much as possible in conversation or in your mind throughout the day"
  • "Learning new words alone isn’t enough to truly improve your vocabulary; in order to make the words you memorize a functional part of your vocabulary that you can use in your writing, you also need to put the words you memorize into practice"
  • "If you choose a handful of these methods and commit to them each day, you can rest assured that your vocabulary will improve over time, helping you write more effective content for your business."
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Key quotes:

  • "Deep Learning only started to gain momentum again at the beginning of this decade, mainly due to these circumstances: Most machine learning methods work well because of human-designed representations and input features, along with weight optimization to best make a final prediction"
  • "To do so, the model trains on global co-occurrence counts of words and makes a sufficient use of statistics by minimizing least-squares error and, as a result, produces a word vector space with meaningful substructure"
  • "Needless to say, this approach skips hundreds of important details, requires a lot of human feature engineering, consists of many different & independent machine learning problems, and overall is a very complex system"
  • "Neural Machine Translation is the approach of modeling this entire process via one big artificial neural network, known as a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN)"
  • "Developed in Hong Kong, Neural Responding Machine (NRM) is a neural-network-based response generator for short-text conversation"
  • "First, it formalizes the generation of response as a decoding process based on the latent representation of the input text, while both encoding and decoding are realized with Recurrent Neural Networks"
  • "The model can generate simple conversations given a large conversational training dataset."
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Key quotes:

  • "We used Grammarly’s handy (and helpful, convenient, etc.) double-click synonym feature"
  • "A strong vocabulary is essential for good communication, which is why Grammarly offers several ways to help you build yours"
  • "When you’re staring at a word that’s almost right, Grammarly makes it easy to find the one that’s perfect"
  • "Next time you’re writing with Grammarly’s browser extension, double-click a word you’ve written to see a list of synonyms"
  • "(This works in the Grammarly Editor, too.) Clicking one of the synonyms automatically inserts it into your text"
  • "Here’s a tip: If you’re double-clicking but not seeing any synonyms, click the green Grammarly logo on your browser’s toolbar"
  • "In the first sentence, “walked” doesn’t fully describe what Sarah is doing, so we need to amplify it with “quietly.” But there’s another, better word that captures both ideas: “crept.” In the second example, “remove completely” becomes “eradicate,” and in the third, “very strange” becomes “bizarre.” Grammarly Premium automatically flags vague or bland words and suggests vivid synonyms that your readers will find more engaging"
  • "Apparently it started with a weird phone call in the middle of the night."
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