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    Default Re: Best way to increase your vocabulary?

    I think it is a good way to do a lot of fast reading ,whatever the material,just choose the ones that you are interested in .You also can browse news online everyday.

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    Red face Re: Best way to increase your vocabulary?

    There is a way you can increase your vocabulary so that you can avoid these embarrassing situations. Incorporate the tips below into your lifestyle and talk or write with moreconfidence than ever before.

    1. Have dictionary, will travel. Keep a pocket dictionary in your purse, pocket or car. When you see or hear a word you don't know, look it up (not while driving). But don't stop once you've looked it up. You have to feel comfortable using the word.

    Make it a point to use your new word three times the day you heard it, and every day thereafter for two weeks. Use it when you write. Use it when you speak. After two weeks, try to use it at least once a day.
    2. Carry a thesaurus, too. Are you stuck in the rut of using the same adjectives, like pretty, nice, beautiful, smart, or stupid? Life would be so much more exciting if you would branch out into the use of synonyms, words that mean the same but are different. Instead of describe someone who gave money as nice, use the word "philanthropist," or "generous." Stop yourself when using the same words time after time. The thesaurus can be an intellectually stimulating companion.
    3. Buy a vocabulary book. There are many available at bookstores or on the Internet. These books take you through a process to build a vocabulary. Many people prefer the books that use root words as a guide. In some ways, this may be similar to studying Latin, but don't let that scare you off. By learning root words, you can determine the meaning of virtually any new word.
    4. Incorporate "Word Night" into your dinner routine. Once a week, assign everyone in the family (or at your dinner table) the task of bringing a new word to the meal. Each person must look up the new word, define it, talk about its root and use it at the table. Keep a running log of these words and use them regularly.
    5. Stop, look and listen when reading
    books. Many times, as we read, we encounter new words. The simple thing to do is either ignore it or determine its meaning through the context in which it is used. The more effective response, however, is to stop reading at once. Look up the new word in the dictionary, and treat it like any other new word (i.e. use it three times a day for two weeks). Use it when you speak and when you write.
    Also, take a step back and examine the books you are reading. If you are reading the same types of books (romance novels by the same author, for example) you are probably reading the same words over and over. Branch out. Try a new author, or new type of book. Switch to non-fiction for a while. Read about current events.
    6. Do crossword puzzles. After doing the same puzzles (in the same newspaper, that is) you will learn the writer's style and you will pick up a few new words.
    7. Play word games in the car. When you are stopped at a light and notice a billboard, think of how it could be written with a synonym. It may not work for the ad, but it may make you laugh.
    8. Look at the magazines you are reading. If it's the same few you've read for years, look at what else is out there. News magazines will use different words than women's magazines. Business magazines will have their own language altogether. Pick up new magazines at the store or on airplanes. And be sure to refer to your dictionary for guidance.

    9. Make word games a part of going out with friends. Talk about new words you've learned, or play a game where the challenge is to say a word that no one understands.
    10. Take up a hobby. Hobbies have languages all their own, so you will learn new words just by learning a new skill.


    Most of all, be conscious of your written and verbal style. Stop yourself if you always say, "She is nice," or "She is pretty." Think of synonyms and use them.

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    Default Re: Best way to increase your vocabulary?

    Hi there,

    try this laid back learning website to increase your vocabulary mydonda.com






    Quote Originally Posted by lo2 View Post
    Hi there

    The thing I would like to focus mostly on right now, is to increase my vocabulary. So therefore I would really like some advice and help on this matter.

    So do any of you, have any special tips or tricks? Or I would very much like to just hear your way of doing it!

    Or do you know any games that will help you achieve the task? (know it might sound a bit silly, but you never know)

    Hope to get some advice!

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    Default Re: Best way to increase your vocabulary?

    Read. A lot. Find a book (or maybe a graphic novel) that you like and read it. In my opinion you don't have to look every word that you don't recognize up. We all have a limited amount of words in our active vocabulary, writers too, and most of the time you will end up seeing the same words enough times in a book to give you a good idea of their meaning.
    Of course there are going to be words that you need to look up but take it easy with the dictionary. If you have to flip through it constantly you won't enjoy the book and you probably didn't learn your first language by carrying around a thesaurus.
    If you can find English movies with subtitles in your own language you might find that this is another good way of expanding your vocabulary.

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    Default Re: Best way to increase your vocabulary?

    here are some tips

    1- Reading (read about everything, mainly magazines and newspapers. That's because they write about different issues, which will help in improving your vocabulary. Also, as your standard in English seems very good, you will learn new formal word)

    2- Chat and talk with native speakers, they will use words you are not familiar with.

    3- watch movies and listen to episodes or radio.

    4- try to think of words in your own language that you don't know in english. As not being a native speaker, you will probably find that there are words that used in daily life but you don't know about. Well, I'm not a native speaker too so I know how it is lol.

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    Default Re: Best way to increase your vocabulary?

    I actually have a book from my high school days aimed at increasing vocabulary. It gives some novel words, definitions, and examples of usage. I'm not sure if you can actually buy books like that, but it's worth a shot.

    More than anything, I would say read all you can. Write down words you don't know and look up their definitions and usage. Try using a thesaurus to look up alternatives of words you know.

    M-W.com has a Word of the Day feature, which can been sent via e-mail or seen on their homepage, which gives a word, its history, definitions, etc.

    Try also a Google search for increase vocabulary which gives some excellent results.

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    Default Re: Best way to increase your vocabulary?

    Lots and lots of exposure to the language you're learning - TV, magazines, internet, radio etc, I think this is a better approach to learning vocabulary than memorising lists of words as you learn the most commonly used words first and you'll see them in different contexts too.

    Learn to guess the meaning of words/phrases you don't understand. Don't over-use the dictionary. Don't worry too much if you don't get it this time.

    Use materials that interest you.

    Enjoy -

    I like Tullia's reply - stickers. One way to improve this, is not only to write the word but to write a sentence e.g. Instead of 'telephone' write ‘This is my telephone. I call people on it.’

    Or better still, if you have a good friend whose native in the language you're learning - ask him/her to write sentences on the sticky notes (perhaps even record him/her).

    Like Tullia said - change the language on your computer to the language.

    Oh, there's Anki - space repetition. I haven't used this but this is software to optimise 'memory' of words and phrases. A lot of people swear by this - I think it basically reminds you review your new 'phrases' at 1 minute, 10 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, 10 days -- something like that,

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    Learning English (my personal tips/technique). Share you tips and advices

    Hello, wonderful community! :D

    My native language is Russian/Ukrainian. English is my second language. I'm automatically become a non-native speaker.


    How do I learn English?

    Wonderful community, let me present for you a couple of tips I use myself:

    THE MOST IMPORTANT - JUST ENJOY LEARNING ENGLISH

    #1 READ VARIOUS TOPICS

    I try to read a lot in English. If I detect an unfamiliar word I immediately underlie/highlight it and write it down on a card. I try to read various thematic and academic topics such as biology, biodiversity, psychology, history, philosophy, astronomy, cosmology, astrophysics (say hello to Stephen Hawking for popularizing it.) I do enjoy to read fiction sometimes, however I prefer non-fiction more, some real discoveries and memoirs of thinkers, writers, pioneers. I would like to know what do they think, why do they think so. For example I started to read "The life and discoveries of Michael Faraday".

    #2 INTERNET

    I visit specific forums dedicated for English learners, non-native speakers. I post questions bother me and receive responses.

    If you love cinematography as I do, please visit this link. They have outstanding essays. You can learn a lot of new words. The Criterion Collection

    Visit this link. Midnight Eye - Visions of Japanese cinema - interviews, features, film reviews, book reviews, calendar of events and DVD releases, links and more... Site is dedicated to japanese cinema. They have interesting essays, informative reviews.

    #3 WRITE DOWN

    Each day I write down at least 50 new/unfamiliar words on my cards. When I walk outside, ride on a bus, buy groceries or I sit in cafe and drink tea I review my cards with words. It works for me. It's very simple and funny. Each card consists of 8 words, 4 words on each side with definition and synonyms.

    #4 WATCH & LISTEN

    I watch american sitcoms to hear and imitate pronunciation. (Friends, Sex and the City, Futurama, Simpsons, X-files, old good Scully and Mulder :D).

    Why do I choose sitcoms, the answer is obvious, you are hear people chatting and talking. Very interesting process, hear how native speakers talk and try to imitate them. I'm fond of performance of Jim Carrey, he has an outstanding pronunciation (Mask, Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber.)



    I'm gratefully waiting for your responses.
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    There have been many good idea in this thread, but a lot of them have concentrated on words. Words have real meaning only when they are used in context.

    Many learners understandably try to translate new English words into their own language. This can help, but there is rarely an exact one-to-one correspondence between words that appear to mean the same thing in different languages.

    When you come acoss a new word that you think would be useful in the future, try to make a note of as many sentences as you can in which it is used.

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    The most important thing - just enjoy learning English. It is funny.

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