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Linguistic intelligence and ways to improve it

Linguistic intelligence is often referred to in association with verbal intelligence and is collectively called verbal-linguistic intelligence. This refers to the ability of a person to use a language effectively. It includes both written as well as a spoken language. Gardner considered that the traditional IQ tests that were used as a measure to judge the intelligence of a person were too limited. he reiterated that a range of capabilities and talents are present in an individual and the traditional tests measured only the intellectual capabilities. There were still other researchers and theorists who argued that the types of intelligence that Howard Gardner talks about were just skills and cannot be considered as a type of intelligence. The arguments and differences continue to date. Nevertheless, linguistic intelligence is part of the 9 types of intelligence suggested by him.



How do we learn a language?


Learning a language usually involves 4 steps. They are referred to as LSRW skill. It includes

• Listening
• Speaking
• Reading
• Writing

You can call yourself a literate in a language only when you have acquired the four skills in order.


What is the importance of linguistic intelligence?


Linguistic intelligence offers you the super convenience of not only communicate well with others but also offers the advantage of being able to express your thoughts, opinions, and wishes. This ability to interact and convey the thoughts using the right words at the right time and in the right situation can go a long way in making you a successful person. It promotes effective interpersonal relationship and communication and also gets a person or a crowd to listen to what you wish to convey by virtue of the vocal skills that would follow mastery of the language. The vocal skill here refers to the intonations in the voice that would help in improving the delivery of the material.


Likewise, people who have a penchant for using words intelligently would also be able to appreciate the meaning of the words. They would be able to play with words and would be able to combine the structure and syntax appropriately depending on the context in question. This is because linguistic intelligence entails mastery not only of the language but inclusive of all other components like phonics, pragmatics, semantics, and syntax.


A child trained in linguistic verbal intelligence at an early age is considered to be a step ahead of others as far as getting things organized in their mind, putting forth their ideas as well as expressing their thoughts are concerned. Since most of the time people are judged by the way they speak and write, linguistic intelligence could well be the key to create a great first impression in the minds of people. It could go to an extent that you can become a great orator who can get the listeners mesmerized to your talk.


Ways to improve linguistic intelligence


There are quite a number of ways to improve linguistic intelligence. Few options that are simple yet effective include

• Reading a lot. It could be a novel, book or a magazine, however, it is important to choose a variety of styles and diverse genres.
• Play games especially those like Boggle, Scrabble, etc the game itself would be helpful. You also gain the advantage of interacting with the other players which would do you a lot of good. Solve crossword puzzles
• Writing letters
• Making it a point to learn a new word every day along with its meaning.

Last but not least, being connected for it will ensure that you apply your linguistic skills and keep polishing it over time.

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