If you are looking for expanding your vocabulary, here is how you can do it;
The best way to enhance vocabulary is through reading. You must make it a habit to read more. Reading novels, as well as literary works will introduce you to many new words. This will help you to inculcate a strong vocabulary. Also, you must read newspaper and magazines.
Talking about the topics, do not restrict yourself to just one or two genres. Read anything and everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, spiritual text, history, philosophy, etc. Anything and everything!
Here are some books that will surely help you to boost your vocabulary:
“Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult
“Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King
“Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel
“Sincerely, Carter” by Whitney Gracia Williams
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
“The Martian” by Andy Weir
“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
“Evil Under the Sun” by Agatha Christie
“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough
“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell
To build a strong vocabulary, what could be better than a dictionary? A dictionary is the biggest collection of words. Try to read dictionary whenever you get time. Search new words and learn their pronunciation and meaning.
Whenever you read a novel, keep a dictionary handy. Look for the meanings of new words that you come across and try to memorize them.
ATTENTION – If you have no time to open a dictionary daily and learn words. Or, if you think learning words through a dictionary is not your cup of tea.
Here is what you need to do ~
Subscribe to EngVarta Vocabulary series & Get three words each morning in your mail.
Learn those three words along with your morning tea/coffee daily.
Also, keep a thesaurus handy. Whenever you come across a new word, look for the synonymous and antonyms. Find similar words, as well as phrases.
Keeping is a journal is the best thing that you could do to yourself. Where it is said that maintaining a regular journal is a great habit, maintaining a journal solely for the purpose of building strong vocabulary is also an amazing idea.
Note down every new word you read or hear. A journal will help you to keep a check on the new words you are learning and will motivate you to push the boundaries.
Whenever you read a novel, keep your dictionary, thesaurus, and journal handy.
The Calendar Rule
Using a word-a-day calendar will help you to accomplish your vocabulary strengthening goal. You must regularly learn a new word and mark it on the calendar.
You can also take some help from the internet. There are many word-a-day websites that would do the favor for you. You will get a new word every day before you even look for it. Or, you can also use your dictionary or thesaurus. Pick one word every day and memorize it.
Inculcate Practical Vocabulary
You must not start by learning the fancy and difficult words. Start developing practical vocabulary. Learn the words that you hear yourself using every day.
For instance, if you are a doctor, you must select the words pertaining to your field first and then graduate to other levels.
Reach the roots
Many people just read the new words, search their meanings and memorize them. But the best way is to reach the roots of the words. Every single word in the vocabulary has Latin or Greek roots. Reaching the roots will also introduce to another set of words coming from the same root. This will enhance your vocabulary by leaps and bounds.
Mix Learning and Fun
Learning by playing is one of the best ways to build vocabulary. There are many interesting games that are not just fun to play but also, boost the vocabulary.
Play games like scrabble, crossword puzzles, boggle, word jumble, anagrams, etc. You can download these games on your mobile phones and play these games on the go.
Watch English Movies and Series
Watching English movies and series is also an amazing way to boost the vocabulary. You will discover many new words. Note them down in your journal.
There are several movies that actually help in boosting English speaking skills. Watch movies like The Social Network, The Hunger Games, Cast Away, Twilight, The Hangover, Toy Story, etc.
You can also watch series like Friends, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Simpson, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, etc.
While having conversations with people, you will surely come across many new words. Regular practice will not only improve your vocabulary but also boost your confidence to speak in English. If you do not have an English speaking environment around you, you can always take some help from the EngVarta app. The app will connect you with live English Experts who will help you polish your English speaking skills.
Bring in Use Whatever You Learn
Incorporate the newly learned words into conversations and writing. You are not learning the new words to forget them at some point in time. Making them a part of your regular slang is also important.
Follow the above-mentioned tips and you will see yourself conversing in English with utmost confidence.
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