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How to improve my vocabulary: a few tips

It is natural for thinking and ambitious people to strive for self improvement, and having a good vocabulary is one of the attributes of a well developed and accomplished person. That is why you can come across so many “how to improve my vocabulary” articles in the net and “how to become more articulate” books in bookstores. There are different ways to expand your supply of words, so keep reading this article to find out some of them.

One of the most effective techniques to build your vocabulary is to use the same methods that you choose for learning a foreign language. Remember the flash cards you had in secondary school for studying your French or Spanish? They helped you to learn the words on different topics: days of the week, cloths, food, shopping, hobbies and so on. Similarly, you can make a card for every unfamiliar word from your native language, but in more sophisticated manner: each card will contain the definition of the word and at least one sentence where this word can be used. You can keep these cards in your pocket and look them through while standing in the line, or in the bus on your way to work, or during the lunch break etc.

Also, do not limit yourself to picking up new words only in print. Reading is extremely effective when it comes to fulfilling “how to improve my vocabulary” tasks, but it’s also very beneficial to keep your ears open while listening to the radio, watching a TV show, talking to a friend and so on. Of course, it will be more challenging to remember the word as you have only a phonetic version of it, but it is always possible to figure out the spelling later.

Make sure you are provided with diversity of subjects to learn, read and talk about. It will give you a chance to expand both subject specific and general vocabularies. Biology, history, arts, human relationships, languages, politics, philosophy, travel, medicine – there are so many fascinating fields to provide you a great number of new words, to make you more articulate and to make the very thinking of yours more sophisticated and diverse.

The quality of reading matters as well. Keep in mind that many US newspapers use a simplified language trying to enlarge the circle of their potential readers. That is why it is not recommended to stick to the newspapers if your goal is to expand your vocabulary: nothing works better than reading classics.







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