In order to master any language grasping the intricate vocabulary is the key. To speak, write more of a language vocabulary is the glue that helps to bind your thoughts, emotions and the vagaries presented by life itself. The word ‘bad-tempered’ can also be presented as ‘churlish’ or ‘cantankerous’, and it just spices up your monotonous conversations.
The beauty of learning new words is that you will be able to dress up your thoughts properly, giving them a word that they truly deserve than trying to cover up with some vague, often ineffective, words. Building vocabulary needs commitment, dedication and perseverance: they all might sound same but are quite different with their levels of intensity!
Brace yourselves, put on your thinking hat and dive into the wonderful world of words.
We are always surrounded by books in colleges and rely on them for writing essays in order to complete a project etc. But once we are out of any course, it doesn’t occur to us that we haven’t actively done any reading at all for quite a long time. There are so many other things that will be vying for our attention and we’re usurped by them.
When we’re contemplating to add new words to our vocabulary, it is reading that will make us acquainted with words. It is also an exciting game to guess the unknown words by relating them to the context and then looking them up in the dictionary.
Riddles and puzzles are some of the time-tested ways of building vocabulary. We can also play these games with like minded people to brainstorm and collaborate. Crosswords are an all time favorite for many out there, and added to that is ‘Scrabble’. These are fun and focus on sharpening your intellect, whatever the new words you acquire here tend to last longer in your memory.
- Don’t isolate words
Unlike flashcards, that have random words and their meanings written to read and remember, the better way to do it is by not to isolate words. Our brains do not, usually retain the stand-alone words as compared to the ones that are learned within a context.
For example: instead of remembering the word ‘flock’, we can put it in context as ‘flock of sheep’. This not only helps retaining the words but also in knowing its usage.
- Imbibe these words into your life
You are on a word-diet, literally! You’re learning as many words as possible but somewhere down the line these words, when you go back to them after sometime, are absent from your memory. So, what’s the solution?
The ultimate solution for you to remember these words is to use them in your daily life. If you write a journal or a blog, put these words in there. Use these words in your conversations and jot them down in a book for later use. Look for a way that works for you, some remember things better when they write it down and others when they talk about it or see any related pictures.
- Root and form helps
When you’re learning new words it is important that you know the root and forms of that word. If you’re learning a noun be vary of its plural form, and if it is an adjective see how you can use it in superlative degree. And at the same time, with little effort try to learn the root word.
Each and every word has a root word in it, which if separated has a meaning of its own and if you come across the root word elsewhere you’ll be able to guess that new word with the same root easily.
Root word- Macro, which means large, great.
If you come across words like: Macroevolution, Macromolecule, and Macroeconomics it is easy for you interpret these words as they all are related to something large the meanings would be Great revolution, large molecule and overall studies of economics respectively.
Once you start accumulating words and using them in your daily life, you could see a tremendous change in your articulation. You can also subscribe to apps and newsletters that mail or notify you a ‘word of the day’ right into your inbox. Till now the words that you couldn’t find to express yourself exactly will now be on your finger tips.
It is an amazing thing that you can gift yourself, go ahead and do it.