How to improve your vocabulary

by Emmanuel Ozoamalu
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In order to greatly improve your vocabulary, you need the right tools. Having a good vocabulary skillset ensures that your communication ability is as eloquent as possible. In this article, I’ll show you how to develop a strong vocabulary.

Set aside time every day to learn new words

To ensure your vocabulary development is on track, set aside 20-30 minutes every day to learn new words. You don’t have to learn a lot of words at once. You can just learn a few you can use in conversation when the opportunity arises.

Don’t worry about learning them perfectly. Simply practice using and pronouncing them correctly and consistently until they become second nature. Don’t worry about whether or not this exercise is futile. Just focus on making an effort each day and seeing how much progress you can make!

Pay attention to new words, especially those that relate to your interests.

Pay attention when you hear a word or see it in print especially when you read a book or an article and notice the use of a word that’s not familiar. Whether it’s scientific terminology like “miscible” or slang like “dope”, pay attention to how it is used. Use a dictionary as needed to look up possible synonyms before using them to fully grasp their contextual use.

Find a word game or app that suits your need.

If you’re looking for a new way to improve your vocabulary, there are tons of word games available online. Some are free, some cost money, some require an account and others don’t.

These games are designed either for adults alone or for people of all age groups. Some even have separate versions for kids. The best part? Most of these apps can be played on the go!

Make a list of new words and their meanings.

Make a list of new words. These can be words you read somewhere or random words that you aren’t familiar with. Look up their meanings and use cases of the word in a sentence. Repeat this process as often as you need till you are comfortable saying them out loud.

Enroll in an English class.

Getting enrolled in a formal English class will make it easier to learn new words and concepts. If there are no English classes available where you live, consider taking online courses as a viable option. The same goes for any kind of writing course. You’ll see how much easier it is to have someone guide you through the process!

It’s also worth noting that learning new grammar rules can help improve language use and writing skills. Both are necessary components of becoming fluent speakers of any language at all.

Read, Read, READ!

Reading is one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary. It helps you gain exposure to new words and understand how they are used. Reading also helps you learn about the world, as well as the people who live in those worlds.

Reading can be a great way to expand your knowledge of different cultures, languages and history. For example, if you are interested in learning more about Chinese culture or language then reading some books by Chinese authors would certainly be beneficial for this purpose!

Going out of your way to learn a new thing can get a bit tedious at some point. In fact, if it’s not a part of your daily life, it’s easy to slack on it. But we’re here to encourage you and let you know you CAN DO THIS.

Here’s a more precise breakdown of all we discussed earlier;
  • Pay attention to new words that relate to your interests. If you’re into cooking or gardening, there are many types of vegetables like rhubarb and fruits like tomatoes that you may consider new knowledge. If something strikes your fancy, search online for related terms like.
  • Find an app or game on your phone or computer that helps teach new vocabulary. An app like Word Bot has over 1800+ different categories such as animals/plants/foods etc. This can help expand one’s knowledge base on one’s interests!
  • Make a list of the most common ones first so they’re easier for later reference when needed. Also, refer back to them whenever possible – especially during exams where cramming isn’t always realistic but still important nonetheless 😉.

There are many ways to improve your vocabulary. We’ve just shown you some of the most popular ones. As with any skill, it’s important to keep practicing it to grow. So practice in any little time you get.

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