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Learning Styles: Verbal-Linguistic

Explanations and strategies for different types of learning styles.

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Verbal or Linguistic Learner

Is this you?

Has anyone ever called you a "wordsmith?"

Do you excel at word games ranging from crossword puzzles to tongue twisters to word related board games?

Do you seem to have a knack for making up rhymes or acronyms?

Do you consider your vocabulary to be more robust than most others?

Do you look up the meaning of words that you do not know? 

A person with a verbal learning style may often say these phrases:

  • Put it in writing.
  • I need to talk to you about something.
  • Did you mean to say this word?
  • In other words...
  • Let me spell it out for you.

Implications for learning

Recognize that being a "verbal" learner can be a real advantage.

There are many learning strategies that may come naturally for you and be quite effective. Consider using these learning strategies:

  1. Read the content out loud to yourself. Verbal learners pick up on clues when they can both see and hear words.
  2. Make use of acronyms when memorizing or organizing content.
  3. Talk out loud to yourself and put the subject matter in your own words.

Strategies for the Verbal Linguistic Learner

    • Enjoy Talking and Asking Questions
    • Love to read, write and listen
    • Enjoy rhymes and sounds
    • Good memory for general knowledge, names, places
    • Appreciate grammar and meaning
    • Good with spelling
    • Enjoy word games, jokes, puns, riddles
    • Are self reflective, understand philosophy and abstract reasoning
    • Like to acquire new words and new languages
    • Enjoy possessing books
    • Reading, Writing, Narrating - Stories, Sequels, Poems, Drama, Jokes, Descriptions, News Reports
    • Encouraging - Debates, Declamations, Impromptu Speech (on current affairs, life, practically everything)
    • Starting - a Newsletter, Magazine, Journal
    • Conducting - Mock Interviews, Chat Shows, Role Plays, Dramas, Story Telling
    • Solve - Puzzles, Crosswords, Vocabulary Games
    • Preparing and Giving Presentations
    • Creating Slogans, Defense, Case Studies etc
    • Creating glossaries

Word Games

Verbal Linguistic Learner

You Are a Verbal-Linguistic Learner

Your mantra: Tell me in words -- written or spoken -- and I will understand.

Verbal-linguistic intelligence (along with logical-mathematical intelligence) is often associated with doing well in school. You have the ability to use words effectively for reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The poet has been described as the epitome of verbal-linguistic intelligence.

Tips for the way you learn:

  • Use words to explain complicated subjects.
  • Ask questions.
  • Engage in the Socratic method, digesting information through a question-and-answer exchange.
  • Hone your native ability to tell a story.