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colloquialcol‧lo‧qui‧al /kəˈləʊkwiəl $ -ˈloʊ-/ ●○○ adjective  SLlanguage or words that are colloquial are used mainly in informal conversations rather than in writing or formal speechcolloquially adverb
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colloquialYou shouldn't use phrases like "sort of" in essays -- they're too colloquial.The wire services demanded language stripped of the local, the regional, and the colloquial...There is nothing colloquial about the auditor calling the company his/her client.There is also growing differentiation between colloquial and literal vocabulary.The best way of improving your colloquial English is by listening to native speakers.colloquial expressionsIt's a useful little phrase book, full of colloquial expressions.Catledge inserted the more rustic touches, a kind of hominy style that gave their writing a colloquial flavor.Although some students have a good grasp of colloquial language, few have ever got to grips with the concept of register.This tale was collected in the Louisiana Creole colloquial speech.There is a colloquial standard to learn on the playground and a literary standard to learn in class.For an ordinary wedding a colloquial way of speaking will be suitable.
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