Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

colorful ways to walk in English

Do you like to take walks?

Where do you like to walk?

In English there many ways to talk about walking.

There are many different ways to walk.

A few weeks ago I was walking in midtown Manhattan and my friend said to me, “you are scurrying.”

I thought about why my friend used that word and I laughed.

She was right.

I was scurrying and I looked silly.

I realized that we should do an episode on different ways to describe movement and walking.


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Walking is cathartic to me.

I remember when I first moved to New York City.

I was 26 years old.

I lived with my college friend at the time.

We found a place on the Upper East Side and we had no money.

We couldn’t spend 15$ on a movie ticket so at night for our entertainment we would pay $2.50 to take the 6 train to the East Village then we would just walk uptown 80+ blocks home to 88th st and just watch people pass us.

It was more than enough entertainment to watch people and the way they walked and imagine what their life was all about.


Why should you learn this skill?

It’s great when you can add these specific words into a conversation.

Don’t just say a person is walking fast.

Instead, describe exactly how someone is walking.

When you have the right vocabulary to tell a story you can paint a picture and build a better connection with the person you are speaking with. 

 Be more interesting and more descriptive when you speak.

Have more laughs.

Feel more comfortable in English.

You can do all of this by building a stronger and more diverse vocabulary.


Ways of walking:

  •  To scurry- to move quickly and intermittently like a rat
  •  To shuffle- to walk slowly in a dragging manner without lifting your feet
  • To mope- to walk slowly with your head down, looking sad and sulking
  • To hustle- to move fast. It can also be not about walking but about an approach to life which means you work hard and you act fast on opportunities. 
  • To limp- to move slowly with an injury. When you limp one leg is not actually bending in the knee.
  • To stroll- an easy walk, calm, happy, can happen on a nice day


What’s the takeaway?

At your level it’s time to get more specific with your English.

Drill down into these generic verbs like walk and run and see how you can get more speciifc.

For today just take a few of these and practice them in conversation.

Remember, as always, focus on Connection NOT Perfection!


What questions do you have today?

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