Before the starting of English New Year 2021, I broadcasted a message to my friends on WhatsApp, supposing it to be a short survey to get me more ideas about the content I should post.
Many said that they were really impressed with my knowledge and personality. They believed that I should share my secrets behind it.
Even when I uploaded the video on youtube, some were still not satisfied and wanted me to be more descriptive about it.
So, I have decided to write an article about it.
Why is having a good vocabulary important?
Knowing more words and phrases means having more number of ideas going on in your mind; or simply, being more expressive.
Hence, having a good vocabulary is really important.
My secret behind the vocabulary
I started building vocabulary when I turned 13. I aspired to prepare for law, though I’m not pursuing it right now.
I used to list out the difficult words from my textbooks. Subsequently, I began to sort out the words from magazines and newspapers as well. I started reading extensively when I turned 14.
When I was fifteen, while surfing through the school library, my friend approached me and said, if you can read anything, then read the dictionary. I accepted the challenge.
So, this was the dictionary, the very basic one. It took me 60 days.
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I don’t claim to have learnt every word from the dictionary, there’re many words which cannot be a part of your day to day vocabulary, no matter what. What would I have to do with an animal species of the Andes?
However, many words came up in my active vocabulary, for which, earlier I had to pick up the dictionary.
Also, learning different languages and their sublanguages exposed my mind to more impressions.
Let me share with you the 5 vocabulary tips.
5 Vocabulary Tips To Learn Any Language
1. Don't Force Yourself
Rote learning or cramming doesn’t work out when it comes to building your vocabulary.
Learn everything with softness. Even adults don’t get the difference between learning and cramming.
2. Read as More as Possible
Reading is to vocabulary what research is to a scholar. Word lists are important, but improving vocabulary by reading more is far more effective.
Set your reading targets right away.
3. Memorize The Dictionary
This is what I believe in. Just remembering two or three words is a lengthy and time taking process. Rather read the dictionary at stretch and note down the words you don’t know in a notebook in list format. Revise it according to how you’re comfortable.
In essence, learn at stretch, revise in parts. You’d be building your vocabulary at a faster rate.
4. Use Those Words
If you don’t use the words, you’ll definitely forget them.
Use the words when you communicate with someone. You can also use them while writing.