Improving Your Vocabulary Quickly And Easily

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Improving your vocabulary quickly and easily

When you decide to work on improving your vocabulary, it is rather important to choose the right methods of learning and memorizing the words. Of course, we use a lot of these methods naturally in the course of a day, but for different people some techniques are more successful than others. Needless to say, reading is the most universal and efficient way to build one’s vocabulary, but the simple fact is that not everybody can afford reading in this day and age when the rhythm of life is so hectic. Still, reading at least fifteen minutes a day would be much superior to not reading at all.

In any case, you should concentrate on unfamiliar words you come across. Try to figure out their meaning before consulting a dictionary, then read their definition and practice pronunciation. It’s also useful to pay attention to the synonyms and antonyms of a word you do not know: very often it eases the process of improving your vocabulary.

It’s also useful to know the meaning of the word roots and affixes. You may draw a sort of vocabulary tree, where the word you’ve just learned is a stem and all the derivatives are the branches. It won’t take you long to remember the meaning of most of the derivatives in case you know the general meaning of most prefixes and suffixes.

Make use of technologies: if we can’t afford spending time with a good book, at least we can accept what this century has to offer. Subscribe for the “One word a day” emails, use electronic dictionaries and specialized softwares, listen to audio books on your way to work, watch interesting TV programs etc. All of these are great sources for improving your vocabulary.

It’s also useful to make a list of unfamiliar words related to a particular subject: you’ll remember them better than random unrelated vocabulary. You can make one list every week or every month, and the topics might be various: arts, biology, medicine, politics, history, philosophy, fashion, languages and so on.

If you have a great visual memory and it is easier for you to memorize images rather than words, perhaps it would be useful to go for one of the English visual dictionaries. You can find a great number of them in the bookstores, and the online versions are available as well.

Improving your vocabulary is not only useful, it might be also fun. Think of exchanging emails with your group mate, friend or colleagues, telling about the words you’ve learned. It would be nice to put these words into a humorous sentence or a joke, just to uplift the mood of both of you.

And always remember that improving your vocabulary is doable and achievable, you should only be patient and purposeful enough.