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    #1

    English vocabulary

    How can I develop my english vocabulary?

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    Re: Mister

    Hi Dhanelbi.

    Welcome to the forum.

    What has the title of your thread got to do with your post? If it is meant to be an address, it is not required.

    I think your vocabulary will improve naturally as you read and listen more in English and pay attention to new words that you come across. That is better than memorising new words from the dictionary. New words are only good if you know how to use them. It is a gradual process to build up one's vocabulary and there is no quick and easy method. Constructing sentences with new words helps, as is done by forummers here

    By the way, "English" is written with a capital.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 28-Aug-2020 at 08:01. Reason: fixing typos
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: Mister

    Read.

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    #4

    Re: English vocabulary

    Dhanelbi, please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #5

    Re: English vocabulary

    There are plenty of different ways to grow your vocabulary right away, including:

    Flashcards
    Use a flashcard app and take your words with your wherever you go. Practice them in your spare time.

    Create categories
    A great way I've found with many English learners is to find synonyms to some words and create categories. For example, you can put the most common words you need, for example, for Food, Travelling, Personality, etc. Then, write words you know well and put them at the beginning of a list. After that, you can put five other words underneath it with similar meanings. For example, leave – forsake – abandon – quit – give up. This is bound to grow your vocabulary!

    Reading
    Read widely (and slowly) and take notes alongside whatever you're reading. For example, if you're reading a book in English, make a mess of it! Use a pencil to underline, circle, and add definitions of words you don't know. Look them up and add them to your flashcard app. Here's a great list of classic English stories [link deleted by moderator] where you can find a book to suit your level.

    Conversation, conversation, conversation
    Nothing beats conversation to grow your vocabulary. If you have a tutor, language exchange partner, or willing friend, you can get corrections while you speak and also, you'll start to pick up word you want to say but don't know yet. Then, you can look them up and add them to a flashcard app.
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    #6

    Re: English vocabulary

    Welcome, Dhanelbi!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #7

    Re: English vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by Dhanelbi View Post
    How can I develop my English vocabulary?
    Remember to capitalise all proper nouns.

    I echo Raymott's advice - read! Read a lot! And get a good English dictionary (and bookmark OneLook and Fraze.it.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: English vocabulary

    I wouldn't use flashcards. I especially wouldn't focus on words I'm not likely to use. Instead I would read stuff at my level (more or less) with a " new" word every once in a while.
    Not a professional teacher

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    #9

    Re: English vocabulary

    huntingthemuse, welcome to the forum. We look forward to getting the benefit of your knowledge and experience, but please change your username.

    Our Member Profile Rule #1 reads as follows:

    Profile names should be real name or avatars, not advertisements. If your profile name is either a web address or the name of a product then this equates to it being an advertisement and you will be required to change it. You request to change it by following the FAQ entry called 'How do I change my username?'. If you refuse to change it you will be banned for attempting to spam our forum.
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