7 Things to Do to Improve Your Vocabulary
Do only writers and poets need a rich vocabulary? Learning new words and using them in our daily life makes us sound much more serious and helps us say exactly what we mean. A great vocabulary is an essential tool for everyday life.
For a lot of us, it might look like a really tedious task. Will it involve you sitting around with a dictionary in our hand all day? Not really.
Here are 7 ways you can develop your vocabulary like a pro!
- Read, read and read some more
Reading in various forms gives your journey towards learning a kickstart. But now you might be thinking, I am not even interested in reading those gigantic novels. Actually, it’s not just about reading books and newspapers. Read anything and everything that comes your way! Read billboards, look at TV advertisements, read a newspaper! When you read the words that are used in daily life, forgetting them will be difficult.
- Learn from context
Okay, now you’ve learnt a few words, but how to use them? It takes a great deal of effort to learn to use the words you’ve just learnt randomly. When you learn new words, learn from context. Understand the meaning of the word just by how it’s placed in a sentence or a phrase. Once you understand the meaning, the word is bound to stay with you for a long time!
When you hear the word ‘Resume’ on a job advertisement, you can instantly understand that it must mean a document where the candidate lists her or his skills and education to show the prospective employer. To know all about how to write a resume, you can visit Resume Points.
- It’s all about being personal and emotional
Let’s be honest, it’s really not worth using words like ‘Disintermediation’ and ‘Cardinality’ in your daily conversations and have people look at you like you’re some fancy Business Analyst. You need to learn words which you can use in your daily life without sounding pretentious. When you learn words you can relate with, they stay with you for a long time.
- Just link it!
So you’ve recently learnt a new word, but aren’t really sure how to remember it. Link it to a certain aspect of your life. This is called forming association.
For example, you’re learning the word ‘contrast’ which means something that differs. Think about how, to look good, you always wear colours which contrast each other.
This way, the next time you think about wearing contrasting colours, you’ll remember the word ‘contrast’!
- Have some fun
No learning is complete without having a bit of fun. Make learning new words fun by playing word games like Scrabble and crossword. Don’t make learning plain boring. The more fun you have, the better the learning will be!
You can’t learn something new until you enjoy it, and you cannot enjoy something until you like it! So, start appreciating the new language you are learning. A positive attitude will go a long way!
- Speaking is important
Now that you’ve learnt all about how to develop a rich vocabulary, don’t forget to actually speak the words out loud. Use them in your daily life and see your confidence grow!
Hopefully, this list gives you a fair idea of how to start. Now all you need is a little push to just start. Once you get the hang of it, it will be just as easy Sunday morning!