Hi everyone hope your all keeping well. Todays post is about Having A Good Vocabulary. I choose to do this because everyone needs to have some sort of vocabulary just to get on in every day life.
Building A Better Vocabulary
Having a strong vocabulary is one essential part to a writer’s toolbox, which includes punctuation, grammar and so much more… Try expanding your vocabulary as it comes across more effective, which gives it a more powerful affect and helps you to get what you want to say and mean.
Building your vocabulary is the easiest way to improve the power of your writing and makes any writing task just that little bit easier, you will also have several synonyms added to your repertoire to pull from every time.
Every write needs to have a substantial amount of words in their vocabulary that’s as a wide range of words, the more words you know, the easier it is to write. Here are some ways to help you improve your writing vocabulary.
The Use of New Words:
The use of words is a vital part of everyday life, without it, you would not be able to communicate with each other. For writers words mean everything, without them we would not be able to tell the stories that need to be told, or create so many worlds for readers to live. A journalist needs to use words to be able to keep you informed on what is going on in the world, whether its good or bad.
The best way to learn any new word is to memorize it by saying the word over and over again for about five minutes, then try incorporating it into making a game out of it, using new words as soon as you have learnt it. Everyday try inserting the new words into a conversation, write it in a journal entry, or an email to someone you know,
Learn Words Daily:
A way to improve your vocabulary is to learn words daily. There’s plenty of ways that you can do this, and one of the best way is using Word of the Day or you can simply choose a word from a dictionary or thesaurus. Always look up words that’s unfamiliar to you. It’s not often you come across words you do not know while you read. Don’t just skim over the word, if you don’t have time the time right now, then write it down and look it up later.
A good way for the memory to remember new words is by doing mnemonic techniques its a memory trick a way for you to obtain words easier. A way to remember a word is by sounding the word out and then thinking of a funny sentence to go with the meaning. One way to use mnemonics in spelling is “I before e except after c” It’s always an easy way to remember which way round they go.
Use a Thesaurus and Dictionary:
It’s always best to keep both a thesaurus and dictionary to hand, as there’s always something that needs looking up and helps you come up with alternative words to use instead of using the same word too often. In turn this will help you express yourself better and in the long run you will have learnt a new word. It’s always a good idea to carry a pocket thesaurus or dictionary with you, that way if you’re stuck in traffic (passenger), or using public transport or even while waiting for an appointment you can boost your vocabulary up.
Keeping a Journal:
You can create your own vocabulary list and write it in your journal of new and interesting words you’ve learnt every day and soon you would of built it up into your own personal dictionary.
Read + Make a Reading List:
Set aside some time to read, this is one good way to progress your vocabulary. It is always good to have a selection of reading material such as: reading a well written essay, or keep up with news articles every day, magazines articles or a book. I love fiction books but non-fiction books are best books to quickly teach you new ways to speak and think with unknown words that you are unfamiliar with, but any type of reading will help you progress faster. You need to diversify your reading list, especially if you’re someone who reads the same type of things every day, I’m not knocking it but you’re not really exposing yourself to a wider enough range of vocabulary. Try diversifying the topics you read which include contemporary literature, Shakespeare, history, biography, architecture, and so many more topics for you to enjoy…
Word Games That Boost Brain Power!
Word games are good places to help with your vocabulary. There are plenty of board games for you to choose from, but in this day and age most people use apps, or online games. Try downloading word games on to your phone, iPad or computer, so you can practice while you relax after a busy day at work. Some games are there to challenge you like practice your typing skills, spellings.
These are a few word games, and there are so many more word and memory games to try, but here’s some to help you get started. Good luck and happy learning.
- Boggle https://www.wordplays.com/boggle
- Scrabble https://www.scrabblegames.info/play/scrabble-online
- Scattergories https://scattergoriesonline.net/
- Word search (board game and puzzle books) https://www.free-word-search.com/
- Crossword Puzzles https://simplydailypuzzles.com/daily-quick-crossword/
- App Games by Word Mill Games https://www.wordmillgames.net/
- Hangman https://www.hangmanwords.com/play
- Four Letter Words https://www.improvememory.org/brain-games/word-games/four-letter-words/
- Word Up https://www.improvememory.org/brain-games/word-games/word-up/
Vocabulary Tools + Websites:
Here is a list of helpful online tools to help with your vocabulary
- Word of the Day – https://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/
- Collins Dictionary – https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-thesaurus
- Merriam-Webster – https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus
- English Word Information – https://wordinfo.info
- Get the Words – http://getwords.com//
- Vocabulary.com – https://www.vocabulary.com
- Wordplays.com – https://www.wordplays.com
- Word-grabber.com – https://www.word-grabber.com/mobile-word-games/34-amazing-word-games
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. See you back here next week!