Words of Wisdom: How to Improve Vocabulary

One crative way to help learners improve their vocabulary is the use of images and funny double meanings. If you have a Facebook account, make sure you have a look at our picture albums and you’ll see what we mean.

When you start to work on building your vocabulary, it’s really important to have fun. Having a great vocabulary, and constantly building it, is something that can be a very beneficial habit rather than a chore.

Here are our top ten suggestions for ways to build your vocabulary enjoyably:

  1. Find things you enjoy reading. Read widely, perhaps trying out reading material that is in a different style than you would normally pick. But dont force yourself to read material that genuinely bores you.
  2. Look out for new words as you read. Make a game of guessing at their meaning, then looking them up to see if you were right. You can learn a lot about a word from the context in which it is used, but its important to make sure you get the correct definition as well.
  3. Listen out for new words when people speak. Remember them and look them up later. Or better still, ask when you dont know what they mean. Most people will love to share their knowledge and will think better of you for wanting to learn than if you just pretend to understand.
  4. Use one of the powerful software products available today to train yourself in important vocabulary power words in a fraction of the time it would take you by more old-fashioned means.
  5. When you learn a new word, find an opportunity to practice it as soon as possible. If you dont find a conversation to use it in, how about using it in an email to a friend? Or you could even just use it when you talk to yourself!
  6. Circle or highlight words in your dictionary the next time you happen to visit that page youll be unconsciously reviewing the word you learned last time.
  7. Subscribe to a word of the day service be sure to use your new word the same day. Share it with a friend whenever you can.
  8. Try out new word games, and find friends to play them with regularly.
  9. Be goal oriented have specific targets to hit as you build your vocabulary, and be sure to reward yourself when you achieve them.
  10. Use your imagination when you learn a new word, play with it and bring it to life in your mind. This is how children learn and you can do the same. It will help you remember your new words almost effortlessly.

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