July 28th, 2012
There are so many awesome words that I never hear non native English speakers use. I really want to change that and teach you guys the good stuff. Make sure you actually use these words and don’t just “understand” them. If you don’t use it, there is not much point to learning it.
I’m going to talk about a word like “laughable“. You already know what it means to “laugh”. If you hear a native speaker use this word in context, you might even be able to guess the meaning. But… Can YOU use it? Do you? YOU SHOULD!
If something is “laughable” it means it’s so stupid and ridiculous that you can’t do anything but laugh at it. It’s not because it’s actually funny, it’s really closer to “pathetic”.
Here are some examples:
1. My new job offer was totally “laughable“. — That means, “The job offer (salary, commission, etc) was much lower and worse than I expected.
2. Those two have only been dating for 2 weeks and they are already talking about getting married? That’s such a “laughable” decision. — That means, “It is ridiculous and stupid for that new couple to be discussing marriage after only 2 weeks of dating”.
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