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Vocabulary building: the power of reading

There are many ways for people to express themselves: they compose music to show their deepest feelings, they create paintings to replicate the visual images of their mind, they dance to release energy and emotions. And of course they use verbal methods to communicate with each other. Of course, the main purpose of human speech is communication, but the potential of it is much greater: it is a universal tool for expressing yourself on different levels: intellectual, emotional, creative, interactive and so on. That is why vocabulary building is so important: having a limited supply of words would also limit your personality when it comes to expressing yourself.

Even in our age of developed technologies and computerization there is no better source of knowledge than a good old book. So, even if you are not an avid reader, it is still highly recommended to dedicate at least half an hour a day to reading different books: novels, non fiction, textbooks etc.

Of course, it would be preferable to give the highest priority to the classics so you can combine the useful activity with pleasure – it is impossible to stay indifferent while in contact with the masterful language of a great novel, and aesthetic pleasure will stimulate your mental power to remember the words.

Of course, it is necessary to understand the meanings of the unfamiliar or difficult words you come upon while reading. Needless to say, it is a very beneficial method of vocabulary building to consult a dictionary in order to discover what the words mean, but in many cases you will be able to figure it out from the context, from the way an author uses the word you do not understand

Reread the sentence with an unfamiliar word and try to define its meaning on your own. Than compare it with a definition in the dictionary. After performing this simple manipulation it is highly unlikely that you are going to forget the word. Some people dislike this method as you have to interrupt the process of reading a fascinating book, but if your purpose is vocabulary building, it’s worth making some sacrifices.

If you read an electronic book, it would be nice to keep an online dictionary open: you can mark the unfamiliar words with a different color and find their definition after you finish to read a page.

Try to use the words you discover in everyday conversations with your family, friends, colleagues, college teachers and other people: vocabulary building won’t be of any use if you are going to keep your knowledge passive.







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