Tips for Vocabulary

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Re: Vocabulary

Postby DocAndy » Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:35 am

I know. Me too. I come from Austria.
Now I make this. I read at 1st the German book. After that I read the Englisch one.
And I have it of Hear Book in Englisch. :twisted:

Another HP where I am sometimes.

I think it is a interressting site too.


vimbo wrote:Yes, reading is the only way to get used to the English sentence order. I have problems by myself because I'm German and I tend to use the German sentence order. Sometimes annoying! Bye
DocAndy wrote:Hello everyone,

I learn Vocabulary with a programm. Every day I learn 5 Vocabularys.
My programm ask me the 1st day if it is right he ask me after 3 days again. If i know that again he ask me in 10 days. This procedure after the 30 and after the 90 day. After the ninety day it is in my brain(I hope so :) ).

I make this since 4 month. The last two weeks i was in drouble with tests and so on.

But I have drouble to build right sentences and talk. I read a lot of articels. I hope it will be better.


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Re: Vocabulary Cards from Word Surfing

Postby justinlan » Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:42 am

will mcculloch wrote:Hi, I´ve recently designed some "Word Surfing" Vocabulary Cards - and the idea is now available at "English Specialist" (thanks to George)

The concept gives learners an opportunity to actively develop their vocabulary (and grammar) skills in a “game” which encourages good language learning habits. This “game” involves a dynamic framework that produces virtually random testing of graded vocabulary and grammar items. It challenges learners to use what they choose – and demonstrates their progress over time through a motivating scoring system.

The rationale behind the "game" is also given at the above link - and any feedback on the concept would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks

Will ;)

Good advices :D ,Thank you~ :idea:

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Postby justinlan » Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:06 am

Vocabulary is a big problem which enlgish learners always meet.To me ,those words are too difficult to memorize :? I always made a plan to memorize new and old words,however, It fell at last.It is too difficult to persist :roll: Now ,in my oppinion,to keep contacting English like reading is a best way to master vocabulary.Language is a tool ,you must practise and use it frequently if you want to master it,Those words stimulate your brain frequently ,then you will master them unconsciously 8)
Just memorizing words doesn't work well,and I always forgot them.That really hit my confidence badly,what is more,it is so boring when memorize words day and day,and it is hard to persist :shock:

now,I often sign in some english web sites like this web site to read sth,to post sth,and keep it as one of my daily life.I guess that will work :roll:
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Postby tikay » Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:54 pm

hurricane_sh wrote:I do not agree with you, I think the best way is to read.

:lol: :lol: :D :) :o :? :shock: :lol:

That is so cute!

Learning vocabulary is for me so interesting. I wish I can speak to everyone in their native tongue but since I cant I feel it is good to know mine pretty well. It erases walls between us so that we will be able to understand each other better. I think I still like the picking up a dictionary and starting on any word to be led through some new words sometimes. This is just my favorite way to get new words into my head, plus you learn the meaning so it sticks more...I have done this ever since I was little kid. Thanks to my mom, she loves the English language too. She got me to do that. Read dictionarys! So fun and so smart. :lol:

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Postby modier » Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:04 pm

hi im Muhamed from Egypt this agood chance to make friendes ithinke we will help ourself to improve English language...... speaking with ourself is the faster way to be too in english ....

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now i prepare to study master in business administration

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Postby tamaneden » Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:44 am

is there any good program/software help improving vocabulary??

Thank you

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Postby calla » Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:56 pm

Here are my experiences:
. U have to meet a new word for 7 times to remember.
. I found when I read yours message, I learnt one more new word from yours.It made me exciting and remember longer.
. Don't learn by heart new vocabularies by one word a day. You should choice a short story u like and read it, underline new word or phrase u don't know. Then, learn by heart new words, your words will go up.After that, try to use it often when u speak to everyone.
. Use your new words often in writing and speaking.
If someone has any good ideas, share with me.

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Postby babara » Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:00 am

hmm..I agree with you Calla and I do that too but not always! :)

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Postby Talal » Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:47 am

good points , but I prefer to read short stories in order to increase my vocabulary.

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Postby nemo » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:16 am

hi everybody......i like to discuss about vocabulary....i still remember my first time in improving my vocabulary is so weak.......but i told myself it is just the beginning.......of course it is hard.....

So....what i do is....i read a lot of english books....then i listed any words that i don't know the meaning is.......and look at my dictionary.......i have more than 20 words a day because i 'm bookworm.

Besides that, i read my dictionary in my leisure time, watching english programmes and listening to english helps me a lot......

That's all.......good bye

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Postby Sontung » Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:32 am

So....what i do is....i read a lot of english books....then i listed any words that i don't know the meaning is.......and look at my dictionary.......i have more than 20 words a day because i 'm bookworm.

Besides that, i read my dictionary in my leisure time, watching english programmes and listening to english helps me a lot......

you learn very hard, I wish doing like that

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Postby Rogeryan » Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:09 pm

Pirate wrote:
hung wrote:Pirate, how can u expand yer E. vocabulary if u merely learn 1-5 new words a day? Personally I learn more than 20 words a day but I forget 15 ones the day after. And after a week I just rem. only 1 word :lol:

Ha ha, the more you learn, the more you forget!!!

5 is a good number to learn daily and the important thing is how long you keep it going on. 1 week, 1 month or 1 year? 1 week is easy, 1 month is possible but 1 year (=365 days) is a terribly great effort :!:

It's not how many words you have learnt, it's how many words you can remember (meaning and using), then learn them well! Make sentences, think of situation where you find the new words and imagine when you yourself can use them.

Absolutely...Can we find the better way to keep them going on?Ohterwise,the word we had learnt will be out of our brain after several years.It's too bad.

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Postby KuteSophia » Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:27 pm

I think reading only helps improve vocabulary if you note down the new words while you read and take sometimes to look back the noted words in the days after. Reading without noting down new words doesn't enrich your vocab.
Expand vocabulary through learning root word, affixes (suffixes and prefixes)is also a good way, but it's a little bit difficult at first. To me, it's not really helpful, ‘cause it's so boring. I have to study that since it is in my syllabus.
To me, the most effective way is reading the article on the things i interested in, or my work related to. It helps me remember better.

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Postby robertjr. » Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:07 am

my problem is i do not know how to use the vocabulary in grammar construction and can you help me how to use them in a sentence.

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Postby Bambang » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:18 am

Memorising some words in every single day doesn't work to me.

Psychologically speaking, we'll learn something better if we enjoy the lesson.

The concept is the same when we are learning vocabulary.

If we are not interested in the words and we still push ourselves to memorise them, then sooner or later the words will be out of our minds.

Contrastly, when we are curious about a word and the word interests us, then we'll be happier to look it up in our dictionaries. And it will be in our mind for a long time or maybe it will even be in our memory permanently.

So, I enrich my vocabulary by looking them up in my dictionaries when I am curious about the words.

The words I look up are from the articles I read or the English programs I listened.

The point is : Reading and watching, then find some words that interest you or make you curious.

That helps me a lot.

Supernaturally speaking all EC members are curious people, especially in learning English.

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Postby Tora » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:12 am

the advice I was given by my former English teacher:
- if you have a note-book for vocabulary, make sure you write an English word on the right and the definition in your language (or the description in English) on the left - it helps to memorize new words

- work with a new word, find synonyms, write out several sentences including new words, phrases and leave it for two weeks time, then revise it and do it after a month time once again, pretty long, but words do really keep in mind :wink:

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Postby iamvitaly » Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:31 am

I realy like to improve my vocabulary. I have an interesting book about english idioms and phrasal verbs and everyday learn 15-20 new words and phrases. After I create an article with new words (I try to use the most of them), and repeat words helps me special sowtware, which test me in a different kinds. It's my way.

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Postby Andrianna » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:36 am

I have a program that appears on the desktop every 20 minutes during my work day. It offers to write the translation of different words. It helps me very much.

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Postby VeKa » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:22 am

and how can I study english spiking language??? and if you seems of my mistakes,please tell me :)

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Re: Tips for your vocabulary

Postby fabulous » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:41 pm


i used to enrich and enhance my vocabulary is jot down the strange word whenever or wherever i encountered from reading articles or story books. later on, i find for the meaning of those word. that is very effective way if you keep reading repeatedly.

:!: however, if you write down one or two useful example sentences for the word you are finding, it might help you imprint those word.
:!: this way really help me. it does worked!

hope it might be a help you, brilliant!
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Re: Tips for your vocabulary

Postby faithfulman » Sun Dec 23, 2007 5:50 pm

it's a very intelligent mean thank u

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