10 tips to build English vocabulary

October 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Feeling overwhelmed trying to memorize so many vocabulary words? It doesn’t
need to be a daunting task! Check out these top strategies and practical
pointers that can help you build your word power!

Connect: It’s easier to memorize words based on a common theme.
Make your own connections between words and possibly organize them in a spider
diagram.

Write: Practically using vocabulary can help it stick in your
mind. Write sentences with new vocabulary words or compose a story using a group
of words or expressions.

Draw: Expose the artist in you by drawing pictures related to
the words you study. Your drawings can help trigger your memory in the
future.

Act: Get your moves on by acting out words and expressions you
learn. Or, imagine and act out a situation where you would need to use them.

Create: Design flashcards in English and study them in your
spare time. Each week make new ones, but continue to review all of them.

Associate: Assign different colors to different words. This
association will help you recall vocabulary later.

Listen: Think about other words which sound similar to the
words you’re learning, especially complex words. Associate the other words with
this new word to help you remember the pronunciation.

Choose: Remember that topics that interest you will be easier
to learn. Therefore, carefully select words that you will find useful or
interesting. Even the process of making the choice is a memory aid!

Limit: Don’t try to memorize the dictionary in a day! Limit
yourself to 15 words per day, and you’ll gain confidence instead of feeling
overwhelmed.

Observe: Keep an eye out for the words you’re studying when
reading or listening to English.

Source: Englishtown
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