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Tips for Vocabulary

Postby Pirate » Sun May 23, 2004 11:41 pm

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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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Postby 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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Postby 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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Postby 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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Postby 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
thank you

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Postby 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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Postby 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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Postby Guest » Tue Jun 07, 2005 4:38 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:

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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Postby 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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Postby 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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Postby 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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Postby 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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Postby 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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Postby 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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Postby 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

Postby 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.

Mfg
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Re: Tips for your vocabulary

Postby 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)

Learning English forum 2004

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Re: Vocabulary

Postby 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
Doc


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