Who doesn’t want t stand out in a crowd? Besides being a powerful tool for the writer, vocabulary can do wonders in developing your personality. It can help in expressing yourselves and your thoughts in a more effective way. Besides, having great vocabulary is one great trait of the smart person. Building up your vocabulary is not as difficult as is seems. Just by putting great effort into it can improve your vocabulary skills.
Following are nine effective ways that would lead you to thrive your vocabulary to highest levels…
1. Read more often
Once you are out of school, the storm of words and assignment becomes calm and many people feel free. It doesn’t have to be that way. Just give 20-30 minutes daily to a well-edited magazine or any good book. Give priority to non-fiction books as they can be helpful besides developing the vocabulary.
2. Watch and Learn
It is scientifically proven that things are learned more easily and effectively when they are seen more than reading. A great example can be taken from kids. In a research, it is seen that children who watch Sesame Street are better at school than who do not. That does not mean spending hours in front of the television just for the ‘sake’ of developing the vocabulary. Try to watch those shows which challenges your mind.
3. Utilize the Dictionary
In this modern day, dictionaries are available are easily available on cell phones and all over the internet. Keep a pocket dictionary near you all time and make a habit of using it look up for unfamiliar words. During some reading, if you come across any unfamiliar word, consult the dictionary without delaying it.
4. Describe Things Around You
You can do this any time of the day, even at a party. Simply choose a thing which is around you. Try to describe it with maximum words you can come up with; authentic words. When I did it, I was surprised to discover that I suck at it. I couldn’t come up with more than five words to describe a piece of furniture. After this exercise, open up a thesaurus and consult the words.
5. Start From One Word
If you get the motivation from somewhere to expand your vocabulary, no need to just grill words in your mind. That would be the wrong start. Start from one word a day. Train your mind for learning and soon you will be able to learn ten words a day without a pressure cooker inside your brain. However, it would require to be patient to get to this stage. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
With a lot of categories present of games available online, there are some specifically made for purpose of increasing the vocabulary. Try to fish out different websites that offer online games to help you. Moreover, games like hangman, word search, Taboo game, Pictionary and charades are many games that are both; fun and useful.
7. Note It Down
If one does not write the words they learn, it’s more likely to forget them. A separate vocabulary journal can be kept to keep your words managed. Write the meaning of the words with them as you learn them. Try to make new sentences with them. More difficult words can be written on sticky notes and stuck where you are most likely to go many times a day like a closet, dressing mirror corner or even fridge.
Mnemonic is a great tool for learning vocabulary. It is a technique to put words together and make rhymes with them. You can learn the word by putting it in a very funny sentence that matches the meaning of the word. Often, out of world things are hard to forget. Just use your imagination
There are to phases of practising or even testing your vocabulary skills. One of which is oral communication. Try to use the words you learn more in your speech. When you feel comfortable in using a certain word in your speech, make a tick mark against it. If you are too shy to practice it with other, talking in front of the mirror can be helpful.
The other phase is writing. When you scribble your thoughts on a piece of paper and evaluate it afterwards, you can see progress and points that need to be developed. Write down different stories and poems, anything that challenges your mind.