Ten Tips to Build English Vocabulary





How should I increase my English Vocabulary? My pronunciation is not good. How to improve it?

By Mr. Krupali, Mumbai, India - 26th July-2007

Feeling overwhelmed trying to memorize so many English Vocabulary words? It doesn't need to be a daunting task! Check out these top strategies and practical pointers that can help you build your word power!

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Connect: It's easier to memorize words based on a common theme. Make your own connections between words and possibly organize them in a spider diagram.

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Write: Practically using vocabulary can help it stick in your mind. Write sentences with new vocabulary words or compose a story using a group of words or expressions.

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Draw: Expose the artist in you by drawing pictures related to the words you study. Your drawings can help trigger your memory in the future.

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Act: Get your moves on by acting out words and expressions you learn. Or, imagine and act out a situation where you would need to use them.

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Create: Design flashcards in English and study them in your spare time. Each week make new ones, but continue to review all of them.

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Associate: Assign different colors to different words. This association will help you recall vocabulary later.

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Listen: Think about other words which sound similar to the words you're learning, especially complex words. Associate the other words with this new word to help you remember the pronunciation.

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Choose: Remember that topics that interest you will be easier to learn. Therefore, carefully select words that you will find useful or interesting. Even the process of making the choice is a memory aid!

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Limit: Don't try to memorize the dictionary in a day! Limit yourself to 15 words per day, and you'll gain confidence instead of feeling overwhelmed.

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Observe: Keep an eye out for the words you're studying when reading or listening to English.

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