Learn the difference between the words social, sociable and socialist in a new English Express episode—a podcast from English Plus Podcast Network.

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[00:00:00] Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about the difference between social and sociable. You can find the transcript on my website, Now, without further ado, let’s talk about the difference between social and sociable.

[00:00:24] So now let me start with social. The adjective social is used in front of a noun. Its usual meaning is relating to society. When we talk about something that is related to society, we say social, for example, statistics on crime and other social problems relating to society, the government’s social and economic policy also relating to society.

[00:00:47] But you can also use social to indicate that something relates to a leisure activity, which involves people meeting each other. For example, we’ve met at a social and business functions, so it is not always business. It was also social— leisure activity, which involves people meeting each other. Or we can say social interactions and social contacts are an important need for every human being.

[00:01:11] This contact with other human beings, social, those leisure activities. So that was about social. What about sociable? Now we do not use social to describe people who are friendly and enjoy talking to other people. The word you want to use is sociable. For example, Adler was an outgoing, sociable kind of man, not social, sociable.

[00:01:33] You also use sociable to describe someone’s behavior on a particular occasion. If someone is sociable at an event, they talk to a lot of people in a friendly way. For example, Kitty had tried to be sociable to everyone. So that was about social and sociable, but I promise you I will add one more word that is closely related to those, but the meaning is completely different, and that is socialist.

[00:01:56] You do not use social to mean relating to socialism or to describe people who believe in socialism, which is a political line of thought. And of course it’s a lot more, we’re not gonna talk about socialism in this episode, but you do not use the word social or sociable to talk about something or someone obviously relating to socialism or to describe people who believe in socialism.

[00:02:17] We use the word socialist, like socialist policies or the socialist leader, et cetera. So that was everything I wanted to share with you in this English Express episode. Social, sociable, and socialist. I hope you know the difference now and you can use them properly in your writing and your speaking.

[00:02:35] Don’t forget to visit my website,, not only for the transcript, but also to check on the great learning opportunities you can find there. All the links you need are in the description of the episode that you’re waiting for? Take your English and learning to the next level and never stop learning with English Plus.

[00:02:51] Thank you very much for listening to this episode. This is your host, Danny. I will see you next time.

<a href="" target="_self">Danny Ballan</a>

Danny Ballan


Danny is a podcaster, teacher, and writer. He worked in educational technology for over a decade. He creates daily podcasts, online courses, educational videos, educational games, and he also writes poetry, novels and music.

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