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Tips for Vocabulary

Help on English vocab, including idioms, slang and sayings

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Postby manofalsubeai » Thu May 26, 2011 10:20 am

Pirate wrote:Well, there are many ways to expand your Vocabulary, just we are sometimes not very sure which are suitable for us. Er ... so just try until you can find a way :wink:

1- 5 words a day! It's recommended by Josef. Hix, but it doesn't work to me. I used to try "Word of the day" provided by Kaplan, which gives just one word a day but along come some more synonyms. I couldn't keep up after 2 months! :(

2- Learn pages each time through articles. This stupid way unfortunately works well to me. I register newsletter, access the internet and read articles. Each long article often gives me about 40-60 new words ( :oops: ). It then takes a lot of time to pick out the new words, look up the meaning in dictionary, write down in a notebook, and simply read them again and again whenever I have free time. Check the progress by reading the article again without having to use the notebook. The content of the articles I read help me to learn by heart easier. Of course later I certainly forget some but some others still stay in mind! 8)

3- Sticky sheets of paper. I think this is quite interesting. Make some small sheets of paper, write down the word and stick it where it should be. Example, make a sheet of "doorhandle" and stick it on the door, right over the doorhandle so you will see the paper anytime you touch the doorhandle. But with this way you cannot learn verbs, I guess, and not too difficult words.

4- Learning with friends. Yeah, you and your friends make a list of words that you need to study this week, then check one another at weekend, ok?

What's your ways?

I agree with you . :ok:
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby Aaro » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:09 am

Nice post...,there are many ways to expand your vocabulary.But i think
idoms,my dear i think there is one best way to learn english.
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby tandvictor » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:51 pm

well.i don't really understand that seeing a fine picture will make you good at vocabulary!how can u do that???
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby Oriani » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:13 pm

tandvictor wrote:well.i don't really understand that seeing a fine picture will make you good at vocabulary!how can u do that???

Throughout pictures or images you can take Vocabulary, for example: Nature, what kind of words you will find regarding to Nature? Animals, Ok, so, let's name some animals. Good. What else? Fauna , Plants, and so on! I just see it from that point of view.

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby Teresa » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:47 am

Hello Pirate,

I know, to improve my English skills, I need to have a very big quantity of vocabulary & I'm looking for the best way to learn.

You know, I learned, even one word per day before, but that word wasn't used in fact often, then I forgot after some days :(...I also learned by reading newspaper, there were many new words in one news, I had to check these with dictionary, but it's difficult to understand & it took too much time. I didn't have much time to read it many times again & again till without using dictionary, because I've to read new news everyday, then I aslo forgot many of them...

I never give learning vocabulary up & now I'm trying to learn by writing, reading, even watching English movies & I hope you can help me get more new words from our conversations here.

I'm really gratefulness & highly appreciated if you can correct my mistakes in English. Thank you in advance.

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby gandalf » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:51 pm

Learning 5 words a day is too slow. You should aim to learn 100!

For instance use a picture dictionary, where systems are shown and explained. Look at a medical diagram of a body and you will quickly learn a hundred words. Look at a mechanical diagram of a motor, or the construction of a house where all the parts have labels.

The hundred words go into your "passive memory" - you can recognise them, but you might not be ready to use them. Talk with a friend about the pictures. Make up a story, like someone who is feeling sick, or how to build a house. The new words will come quickly into your "active memory".

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby albertbrine » Thu May 31, 2012 10:33 am

I understand vocabulary is so much important in English. But I faced a problem how I can remember those words and used it in writing and speaking.
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby critmov » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:55 am

There are many tips. I used to write any new words I found anywhere on my note then checked my dictionary to find out the meaning.
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby McTag » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:52 pm

Obviously this varies from person to person. I would suggest trying lots of different techniques because you will find that some work better for you than others.

When I was learning French I enjoyed reading, listening and watching things and noting down any words I didn't know so that I could look them up later. By varying the activities between reading, listening and watching things, I found that doing the work to find new vocabulary wasn't boring. Another benefit of this approach is that you are more likely to come across words that are used more regularly. Obviously this depends on what you read, listen to or watch, but you can be selective about this in order to learn the right vocabulary.
For example, if you want to learn some political terminology, reading newspaper reports is often a good start. Or, if you were looking for vocabulary about going on holiday, try finding and watching a travel program.
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby Rajeshvig » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:37 am

I love to learn new English words everyday. This is a very good website to learn and share new things about English.
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