- The best way to improve your vocabulary is to read. It is more effective than talking or classroom instruction.
- Read shorter materials if you don’t have time or don’t like reading a book.
You can also read:
- Read newspapers, comic books, or magazines.
- Read a magazine. There is one for every hobby or interest. Choose one that you are most interested in.
You will discover new words, idioms and expressions. It will also help you start a good habit.
- short online articles about settlement (like what you’re doing right now)
- bedtime stories to your kids
- signages, advertisements, and posters while you’re on a bus
Do it bit by bit
- There are more than 600,000 words in the English language. You can’t know them all at once!
- Learning three to five new words a week is a good target.
- Choose a theme and learn words for each set.
- Learning in small chunks will help you remember words better.
Watch English lessons with Adam below to know how to learn words in groups:
Keys to remembering
Knowing words is the first part. Remembering them and knowing when to use them are harder. Here are some tips:
- Use your imagination
Use your new words as often as possible. Use them when:
- What does the word remind you of? For example, to remember PACIFY (to calm, soothe or quiet), imagine a calm Pacific ocean.
- How about CADENCE (regular beat of sound; rhythm)? Imagine people dancing to a beat.
- writing emails or notes
- writing in your journal
- talking to someone
Play games and puzzles
Make learning fun. Play puzzles, word searches and quizzes online. You can start with:
Know the root word
- The root word holds the most basic meaning of any word.
- Knowing the root word leads you to know more related words and their meanings.
Write these words down on a card or a board to remember them.Check this site to get root words and their meanings. You will also need a good dictionary.
- Audio means sound or hearing. It is related to words like audible (able to be heard), and audibly (loud enough to be heard).
- Nov means new. So you have words like NOVEL (new), NOVATIVE (of the nature of a renewal) and INNOVATE (to bring in something new).
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