Improving it day by day is a challenging task faced by entrepreneurs,leaders,students and ambitious people.
Though building a sound vocabulary takes time,it’s a matter of practice and the process can be simplified by following some useful techniques.
Some useful tips are outlined below which are very useful in becoming a vocabulary pro.
Read, Read and Read
Reading a lot is the best way to learn more of the language.
Try reading books,magazines,journals,newspapers reports on the topics you find interesting.
Get a newspaper or magazine subscription if possible to read and learn more and more.
A dictionary in any form,app or online or hardcover here will come to the help in learning about the word.
Learn one word a day
Mark a word from your daily readings and use the word that day in relevant contexts when there is a conversation or while chatting on social media or emailing someone.
Just imagine learning one word a day can improve your vocabulary to more than 1500 words in four years and that is an impressive vocabulary.So just think how much your vocabulary would be if you learn 2 words or more per day.
Try to remember the entire sentence containing the word and relate or review the specific word at whatever point required as lerning phrases have two advantages it adds context to words that might be generally hard to recall and, second,it permits you to understand the whole sentence comprising of words block making general perception more smooth.
Activities with Words
*Start a blog in the language and put up the words in today’s blog wherever the word is relevant.
*Various activities like speed reading,Reading bilingual books,playing crosswords,scribbles,games and puzzles assists in improving learning about a word.
*Use a thesaurus and Look up synonyms and antonym for each word.
*Make up as many associations and connections as possible,by playing with the synonyms and antonyms.
*If you are an art lover or love drawing art ,incorporate the word into a picture or an art or draw something relating to a particular word.
*various good dictionaries or self-help sites allow you to sign up for their one word a day email programmes, so put up your email in their forms.
Doing the activities helps in absorbing the word in your subconscious and recalling a word whenever required is easier and spontaneous.
Mnemonic is a memory technique helpful in remembering a particular date,time,person name or words.Try bifurcating the whole word into funny small sentences or funny situations like CAPACIOUS is a word which means roomy or able to hold much,imagine a big cap your friend is wearing and think of the sentence as CAP SPACIOUS,such funny associations helps you remember the word and recalling the word is easier when needed.
Using Flash card is a great way of learning new word,write the word and its meaning on one side and a sentence using the word on the back side using familiar facts or incidents in your real life,keep some space on the back side of the card write one more sentence or synonym or anything relating to the word again.Review the card multiple times keeping a gap of few days.The best thing about cards are that they can be carried anywhere in your pocket while standing in queues,or while waiting for someone,it’s a good idea to review.
Practice and Practice the words again
Research says we don’t remember the things we don’t revise as revision is a practice of directing the brain that a particular word is important to you and it helps in absorption and recalling the word when needed.
As soon as you learn a particular word put up that word into a card,with a sentence including the word and revisit the cards again after a few days.It’s a good idea to review the words 10 to 20 times keeping some time gap as per the retention capacity of the individual.
Take periodical Vocabulary tests
Playing games,that test your knowledge will help you learn new words and also let you know how much progress you’re making. Offline sources for vocabulary tests include SAT prep books and the Reader’s Digest Wordpower section.
Here are some useful tools for helping improve your vocabulary: