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How to Improve your Vocabulary?

how to improve vocabulary

A vocabulary is a set of familiar words that a person knows. Usually expanded with age, vocabulary is a useful and essential tool that helps children (and adults!) to communicate and expand their knowledge.

Types of Vocabulary

You may have different vocabularies to draw on depending on whether you’re speaking, listening, reading or writing.

  • Reading
  • Speaking 
  • Listening 
  • Writing 

Vocabulary Building Skills:

  • Learn and use Synonyms
  • Root words, Suffixes and Prefixes 
  • Dictionary and Thesaurus skills
  • Reading 
  • Repetitions to ensure that the word stays with you

“You can’t build a vocabulary without reading. You can’t meet friends if you … stay at home by yourself all the time. In the same way, you can’t build up a vocabulary if you never meet any new words. And to meet them you must read. The more you read the better.”

– Rudolf Flesch 

Adding new words to your vocabulary is one of the easiest ways to bolster your existing communication and writing skills. A strong vocabulary allows you to better communicate your thoughts, verbally or in writing, to avoid confusion and achieve clarity. You can build your vocabulary skills by identifying a learning technique that works for you and continually practicing. Developing your vocabulary need not be difficult or painful. So, just how do you increase your vocabulary? The good news is it’s not too hard and doesn’t take much time. Vocabulary development is about exposure and the ability to manipulate and use the language effectively. The more we use it and develop it, the greater our vocabulary. 

You can kickstart your journey to improve the vocabulary by using the following ways: 

  1. Explore and play with the language like a child. 
  2. Learn with games like Scrabble. Play games and have fun.
  3. Use the built-in Thesaurus tool in your writing tool like MS word. 
  4. Read, read and Read. Develop a reading habit. Get out of your comfort zone and occasionally read about topics that you aren’t very familiar with. 
  5. Subscribe to word of the day or similar apps that help you build your vocabulary as a habit. 
  6. You may use college preparation tests. 
  7. Start using the words you learnt in your daily life and conversations.
  8. Take a writing course.
  9. Have fun with words.
  10. Start making associations with words. e.g. what comes to your mind when you hear the word Moral- Ethics? Faith? Honesty? Virtue? 
  11. Create your own vocabulary test. 
  12. Start having more conversations. 
  13. Binge watch and audio books. 
  14. Make Synonyms and Antonyms words list.
  15. Visualising words.
  16. Ask for open feedback.
  17. Be your own editor.

Learning a new word can create a whole cascade of thinking that leads to better mastery of a language. Students begin thinking of how they use the word. They look at their own vocabulary to create a sentence where the word will fit. They think about the time and place to use such a word. 

At Skillarthi, we believe that it is one of the most important skills and you should focus on developing it. Join the teenverse for free to explore and improve your vocabulary with us.

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