Building Vocabulary in the New Year

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If English happens to be your second language, you may have a very special New Years resolution this year: building your English vocabulary. 

If that sounds like a resolution that might be too difficult to keep, then check out the following simple tips for making English vocabulary learning fun and interesting.

1) Join a social network for others wanting to practice their English.  Sites like EnglishForums allow new English speakers to create a profile and interact with many other people from around the world who want to practice their language skills and make new friends.

2) Have an English movie marathon…call together some of your ESL buddies and pick out your favorite movies, or movies you have all been wanting to see, and then watch them…completely in English…and completely with English subtitles.  See how much dialogue you can catch as it whizzes by on the screen!

3) Hold an English karaoke contest.  Send out invitations to people that you know are all trying to learn English and set up a one-night English Karaoke competition.  Remember – – all songs sung MUST be completely in English!!

4) Spend a little time each day playing the fun games at Just 10-15 minutes a day of game-playing at the website will quickly start to make a difference on your English vocabulary knowledge.  The games are fun, and can be played from any computer with an internet connection, so you can fit your practice into even a few minutes at the coffee shop!

You can probably discover many other fun and easy ways to practice your English vocabulary, too.  Setting a New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be boring or time-consuming. 

Happy New Year from those of us at!!

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