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Top 7 Tips to Enhance Your English Vocabulary

Sep 20, 2016 17:45 IST

    As we all know that English is the only window through which can visualise the whole world due to the reason that it is the world's most popular language. For the same reason, learning English is an essential mean to communicate with the world.

    Vocabulary is one of the keys to speaking fluent English which is a must to enhance your life and career. Though being a pioneer of grammar, if you don’t know the correct words to express yourself in English, you will find it difficult to make an effective and fluent communication. A good vocab not only helps with the effortless speaking but also improves your reading, listening and writing skills. On the way to strengthen and broaden your vocabulary the key is a commitment to regularly learning new words.

    Here we have made a sequence of top tips to help you improve and expand your vocabulary:

    1. Read as much as you can

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    The more you read, the more words you'll be exposed to. Try to spend your free time by reading some good piece of writing especially novels and literary works. Reading magazines and newspapers is also quite effective to expose you to some new unknown words.  As you read and uncover new words, check them out in the dictionary to explore their meaning.  

    2. Try visual and audio resources

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    Watch the English news, movies or TV series to hear new words in context. This will help you understand the pronunciation of words and how to use them in real sentences. In addition to watching films and TV, listening to English music and radio is another great and fun way of improving your grasp of a language. Another more effectual idea would be to put English subtitles on films or television programmes from your own country so that you can read along with them in English and make the translations as you go.

    3. Learn a New Word each Day

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    Instead of memorizing the whole dictionary in a day that will make a mess, limit yourself to about 5 words per day. Taking in as per your capacity will help to adapt the learning more easily and effectively. Lots of tools are available to help you learn a new word every day, including print calendars and Web sites like Merriam-Webster Word of the Day and The OneLook Word of the Day.

    4. Connect the Words to Real Life

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     It’s easier to memorize words based on a common theme or incident from real life. Make your own connections between words and events and organize them in your notebook. For example words like swig, gulp, slurp are related to drinking.  Also, you can memorize words by identifying a common word in them. For example: some words end up with the word ‘tion’ like abstention (refusal to vote) , ablation (removal), abduction (kidnap).

    5.  Make Notes of New Vocabulary


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    Whenever you learn a new word, look up the meaning of the words and jot it down in your notebook. So that whenever you have some free time, you can revise or  practice regularly what you’ve learned. You could even do this on your phone so you needn’t carry around a notebook with you. Try to make a note of the translation into your own language.

    6. Keep a Dictionary and Thesaurus Handy

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    Always keep a dictionary and thesaurus with you in whatever version you prefer -- in print, software, or online. This is important so that whenever you encounter some new word, you may search it in the dictionary to get both its pronunciation and its meaning(s). The next step is to look up for the same word in the thesaurus to find similar words and phrases, and their opposites. Look up the words you use quite often so as to learn the similar but more catchy words, and use those words as well.

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    7. Write to Revise

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    Writing is the most effective way of to check what and how your brain has grasped. Try to write something every day using new words and grammar that you’ve learned. It’s very important to get into the habit of writing. It's a great way to make sure you remember and understand whatever you have learned. Write sentences with new vocabulary words or compose a story using a group of words or expressions. 

    By using the tips outlined above, you should be well on your way to discovering and learning new words to expand your English vocabulary and communicate (speak and write) more clearly and concisely in this international language.

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