How to improve your vocabulary?

October 30, 2010pdf

There are several ways to improve and expand your English vocabulary. Reading, for example, is great way to learn new words. There are plenty of other methods too.

Create Vocabulary Themes

Vocabulary themes are a great way to enrich your vocabulary. Create themes that include words, their definition and example sentences.

Watch English films

Watch English TV channels and films. They will help you to understand native English speakers. You will also learn many new words used in context.

Use Specific Vocabulary Lists

Instead of studying a long list of unrelated words, use specific vocabulary lists that will help you learn the kind of vocabulary you need for your work or school.

Word Formation Charts

Use word formation charts. Knowing how words are formed will help you score high marks in advanced level examinations like TOEFL and IELTS. A word formation chart will show the noun, adjective, verb and other forms of the key words in alphabetical order.

Visual Dictionaries

Visual dictionaries are great tools for learning vocabulary. Plenty of English learner visual dictionaries are available on the internet.

Learn Collocations

Collocations are common word combinations that always go together. Learning some of the most important collocations is essential to sound natural.

Tips:

Instead of learning a large number of words which you may never use, learn the vocabulary you need to study.

Don’t make random word lists. Try to group them in themes. This will help you memorize them more quickly.

It is easy to learn new words when you add context to them.  Write a few example sentences using the new words you have learned. This will help you learn these words in context.

Keep a notepad in hand when you are reading something in English. Write down unfamiliar words and look them up in a dictionary.

Keep your grammar up-to-date!
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