Informal speech is casual and relaxed, like conversations with friends. Conversational speech may include slang, contractions, and everyday phrases.

What is the difference between informal and formal speech?

Informal speech differs from Standard English, favoring a more relaxed tone and deviation from the typical grammar rules. You may hear conversational speech between friends, families, peers, and strangers. It is commonly heard in everyday life.

Informal speech may include slang words such as ‘lit,’ ‘shook,’ and ‘squad.’ People speaking informally will typically use contractions to save time, choosing to say ‘haven’t’ rather than ‘have not.’

For instance:

“Cheers for ringing, Dude. Feels like I haven’t seen you in ages! Have you seen Jono and Mark lately?”

Formal speech is more likely to adhere to the rules of Standard English. Eloquent speech is most commonly used in the workplace, places of learning such as universities, or events with a serious tone.

Formal speech rarely includes slang words. Fewer contractions will be used, and the speaker will likely follow a proper sentence structure.

For instance:

“I’m so pleased to be here today. Thank you for your invitation and kind words regarding my recent promotion. I feel truly grateful to be surrounded by such wonderful, distinguished individuals tonight.”

Examples of data handling

There are many examples of data handling that you will encounter, both in the classroom and in real life. Some school-related examples could be:

  1. Taking stock of the remaining buns after a school bake sale.
  2. Creating a tally chart of what color eyes class-mates have.
  3. Drawing a pie chart to show how many boys and girls there are in a class.
  4. Making a bar chart to show different people’s favorite colors.
  5. Finding the mean, mode, and median of a data set.

Some real-life examples of data handling would be:

  1. The National Census
  2. Voter Polls
  3. Online Marketing Surveys
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