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Tips for Vocabulary

Post by Pirate » Sun May 23, 2004 11:41 pm

Hello everyone,

This is one part of the series "Tips for learning English". The series is today created in the sake of collecting and assembling tips which come from English learners. Post your own tips which really work :!: Other members can learn from them, and if necessary we could discuss :idea:

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"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."
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Post by hurricane_sh » Mon May 31, 2004 12:13 am

I do not agree with you, I think the best way is to read.
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Post by Pirate » Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:10 pm

One important part of Vocabulary is idioms. If you are interested in them, I think to know the roots of idioms will help remember. You can find many here:
http://members.aol.com/MorelandC/HaveOrigins.htm

If you like a collection with different topics, see it here:
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/6720/

Anyway the most important thing is studying. See you.
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Post by bmo » Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:22 am

Study prefix, suffix and root. Let's look at Latin root cadere, to fall.

When a man falls into a ditch, we say it is an accident; and is accidental. The side the sun falls down is the west, so we call the people who live in the west, westerner or occidental. Both accidental and occidental have the same Latin root, cadere, to fall.

We call Asians Oriental because they live on the side the sun rises or originates.

Let's look at pedal. The root is ped, foot.
If you have something on your foot, say it is shackled, you can't go anywhere. Impede is to hinder, the word is from in, in + ped, foot. When that shackle is removed, you can move fast, so the word expedite, from ex, out of + ped, foot, is to hurry up. Please expedite, this letter must go out ASAP.

If you know accident and pedal, it is easy for you to memorize occidental, impede and expedite. Do you want to be a podiatrist? That is a foot doctor (medical doctor). Pod is foot.

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Post by thinlion » Wed Oct 20, 2004 9:24 am

hi everybody
I know many vocabulary but i don't know how to use them
can everyone say this for me,please!!!
I try to read vocabulary again and again but I can't remember it in my head after a few day.
If everyone have documents about vocabulary
tell me,please
or show me website
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Post by Pirate » Fri Oct 22, 2004 7:38 pm

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?

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Post by hung » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:24 pm

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:

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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:
You're luck that you still remember one word. With that rate of learning vocabulary, I thought you would forget them all at once hehehehhehe :lol: .

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Post by lemony » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:12 pm

and me, hehe I learn by heart 10 words a day then I forget them after that. and when I wanna express something I often look up them in my dictionary ^_^
But Thanks for your webs, may be my Vocabulary will be better day by day ^_^
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Post by hung » Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:46 am

simplyblessedwithlove 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:
You're luck that you still remember one word. With that rate of learning vocabulary, I thought you would forget them all at once hehehehhehe :lol: .
Oh no! I never forgot all what I had learnt. I am proud of my MQ and I think I am really a "live E. dictionary" (but just 365 words, 'coz I have learnt it for only one year)

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Post by Pirate » Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:55 pm

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.

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Post by MissLT » Sun Jun 26, 2005 3:34 am

hung wrote:
simplyblessedwithlove 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:
You're luck that you still remember one word. With that rate of learning vocabulary, I thought you would forget them all at once hehehehhehe :lol: .
Oh no! I never forgot all what I had learnt. I am proud of my MQ and I think I am really a "live E. dictionary" (but just 365 words, 'coz I have learnt it for only one year)
You can be quite an English dictionary for babies :wink: .

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Post by tohir » Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:29 am

hello everyone,i am anew user of this web site and thish forum,before i signed in this forum i checked your discussions all about the English,after that i found and choosed thish forum is the best way to learn english.If i say trully,i learnt english when i was in university,but i am not satisifiying with my english because it is poor.And i am still trying to get improving my english,right now i am in USA,but my roommates are from the same country,where i from,so we use to speak in our language,i think it is not helps me to improve my english.Two weeks ago i bougt a book from bookstore,this book is called "500 essential words for TOEFL"i really like this book,because it easy to understand.I dont want to bother you with my problems,but i would like you to help me whith your gold advices in order to help me.Thank you all forummates and i really apreaciate your considerations. :)

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Post by Pirate » Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:55 pm

It's good that you like the book. Tell us more about how it can help to learn vocabulary easier?

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Post by zaman » Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:22 pm

hello every one :
so i am live in a country can not find much of people talk english langague . i hope if i devlope my english but the best way i think by studing vocabolary as much as possible . and i am studing english for six month and i am feeling better now , because i can make sentences . the favorite way i use it i am i learnt 10 words every day and i am try to use all words every day in my room in the kicthen in the garden every time i am talking to my self and practice second by second , becuse i have the preciuose thing , i think this thing it it like this langague so much this is importent for every one want to learn any langugae now i keep in my mind about 2000 words and use them all the day .

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Vocabulary

Post by DocAndy » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:22 am

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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Post by vimbo » Tue Dec 27, 2005 6:31 pm

This is my opinion too! One has to embed English in one's daily routine. Every day a word. I listen to BBC daily and watch the news on CNN! Additionally I've got an electronic dictionary and look all the time for words I don't know. Unfortunately I have no one to speak to and therefore I have lack of practise. So I speak to an imaginary person to train myself in forming sentences quick. After a while one recognises the increasing amount of vocabulary. My English trainer told me the better you get the less you recognise progress! HE WAS DEFINATELY RIGHT: It comes slowly but surely. Another hint: Write your shopping list in English! Take care y'all!
Pirate wrote:Hello everyone,

This is one part of the series "Tips for learning English". The series is today created in the sake of collecting and assembling tips which come from English learners. Post your own tips which really work :!: Other members can learn from them, and if necessary we could discuss :idea:

You are in VOCABULARY section 8) .

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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Re: Vocabulary

Post by vimbo » Tue Dec 27, 2005 6:38 pm

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.

Mfg
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Post by 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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

I think it is a interressting site too.

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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.

Mfg
Doc

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Re: Vocabulary Cards from Word Surfing

Post by 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)

http://english.specialist.hu/wordsurfing/cards/

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 ;)
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Good advices :D ,Thank you~ :idea:

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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by tamaneden » Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:44 am

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

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Post by 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.
Thanks.

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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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 english.......so terrible.....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 songs................it helps me a lot......

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

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Post by 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 songs................it helps me a lot......
you learn very hard, I wish doing like that

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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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

Post by fabulous » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:41 pm

'alo,

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

Post by faithfulman » Sun Dec 23, 2007 5:50 pm

it's a very intelligent mean thank u

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Re: Tips for your vocabulary

Post by ILANA » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:32 pm

desertrose wrote:hello...how can learn english words easily?
I think it depens on your pimary modality. For example, I have good visual memery and I should look at words, write and repeat them and give english explaination for each. And a perfect way of learning new words it is assosiation each one in your native language, but it's not easy.

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Re: Tips for your vocabulary

Post by forum » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:31 am

The best way to learn vocabulary is to use it! That means you need to READ, WRITE, LISTEN and TALK!!

You will find that if you do this with NATIVE English material, you will find a lot of USEFUL words to learn. I think this way is much better than learning from a vocabulary book.

I know in my experience, when I learned a new word by EXPERIENCING it, I would REMEMBER it! By experiencing it, I mean:
[1] meeting the word in a real language situation
[2] not knowing what it means
[3] finding out the meaning (maybe with a dictionary or from a friend)
[4] then using the word.

If you are always READING, WRITING, LISTENING and SPEAKING English as much as possible, your vocabulary will grow and grow and GROW!
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Post by Sunnypk » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:29 am

forum wrote:The best way to learn vocabulary is to use it! That means you need to READ, WRITE, LISTEN and TALK!!

You will find that if you do this with NATIVE English material, you will find a lot of USEFUL words to learn. I think this way is much better than learning from a vocabulary book.

I know in my experience, when I learned a new word by EXPERIENCING it, I would REMEMBER it! By experiencing it, I mean:
[1] meeting the word in a real language situation
[2] not knowing what it means
[3] finding out the meaning (maybe with a dictionary or from a friend)
[4] then using the word.

If you are always READING, WRITING, LISTENING and SPEAKING English as much as possible, your vocabulary will grow and grow and GROW!
It has great sound my ideas were as well something like yours one

Do u know what do I utilize other implement to improve my vocabulary, beside all I have installed some English dictionaries in my computer chiefly I use to make the best of finding out many interesting words and use it in speaking with my friends
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6 words per day

Post by awrang » Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:41 am

Hello everyone to increase your vocabluray follow this:

1. Learn 6 new words related to the same subject per day
2. Read these 6 words 50 times per day with yourself
3. Write/rewrite them on a peace of paper 50 times per day
4. After one week read/write all of your words again three/four times that day

Trust me you will have a very powerful vocabulary after several months.... {-;
when you have good vocabulary you will speak,read and understand a lot more.. :!:
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Post by forum » Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:57 am

Great advice!
I had a friend who practiced new words everytime he walked through a door...Whenever he walked through a door, he would think about the word and try to make a sentence in his head. He said he learned 50 words a week doing this. Amazing!
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Post by echho » Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:34 pm

hi my friends
I think to learn vocabulary is the most difficult the others.
2 days ago my friend and I memorised some phrasal verbs. sometimes it could be funny. I think you had better study with your friends. so you aren't bored.
finally I remember most of them.
however, twice a day you shoul read the list of vocabulary. It is very helpful for you.
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Post by PrinnySquad » Sat Sep 06, 2008 4:12 am

My First Post:
This is an awesome website. I love the Tips for Learning English series. Even the post section has an amazing spell-check function built-in. Talk about Awesomeness 8-)

I just love words (a.k.a Vocabs), and I do have this ambitious dream of one day being able to use English to communicate just like a Native Speaker. I do recognize the importance of vocabulary and its usage. Vocabulary is essential in reading and writing English. I would love to get some practice on this Website everyday, like posting my rants up here and get some help from the forum members :twisted:. This will be one of my daily activities.

I am currently on a plan of extending my vocabulary by following some of the methods posted in couple hundreds posts above(That's quite a long read I know). There will be time you will see my awkward word usage, sometimes broken sentences but please be patient and help me achieve my dream. {-:

I also want to share my own method: (just for reference but creating your own method is the best way)
Get some Vocabulary books, believe me, those author know what they are talking about. Study at least 10 words per day. Make sentences, make jokes, and learn the right way of using words. And typing up Articles or short stories that you like.
I 've been following this schedule on and off for sometimes now but I think it helps.
Thank you for sharing and all the help, people.

P/S: Where should I post my rants and article to get help :roll:

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Post by Jads » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:14 am

Hi, is it a good start for english-beginner to learn those sentence connector words as their vocab homework?
I somehow think if they learn it well it would be great, as they can use it to write stories or composition,would it be the case for your'all too?

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