Read To Build Your Vocabulary

One of the best ways to increase the size of your vocabulary is to expose yourself to more words. You won't be able to learn if you don't widen your horizon and read more. According to studies, students tend to quickly pick up many unfamiliar words through independent reading alone.

Why Do You Need A Good Vocabulary Anyway?

A person with limited vocabulary tends to have slower comprehension. Notice that when you are trying to learn a second language, it is very difficult to assimilate the meaning of a sentence or an essay if you don't know all the words used in it. Building vocabulary speeds up learning, and also helps you avoid future mistakes.

In this day and age, literacy plays a major role in our daily functions. Unfortunately, we often take this for granted. This is why we have to pay serious attention to vocabulary building.

How To Read To Build Vocabulary

Start with the reading materials you have around you now. Read the magazines, newspapers and books you have at home that you've been ignoring in favor of the television. Recognize the versatility of many words used in these materials, and remember that looking up the first definition in the dictionary might not give you the full meaning. Many writers these days convey their meaning using simple words but arrange them in a more intricate manner. The simple word you might be accustomed to using in the past can actually be used in different ways. Make sure you also pay attention to the writing styles in the reading materials you are using.

Hop on different blogs. You will be surprised by how many people are well-read and articulate. Thanks to the popularity of books that have been turned into movies, children are becoming more and more engrossed in reading. The influence of these books, and all of the other information available in this modern age, is very evident in the writing style of many bloggers. What is great about these blogs is that they talk about a range of topics: mundane things relevant to daily life; political commentary; popular culture; and even food and recipes. This wealth of topics means you can pick up words that you can use in your own daily communication.

Not too fond of reading? You can start with comics. Many people have developed an interest in reading through comics. The graphic novels known as manga combine pictures and text in a very attractive way that will encourage you to look for more text-filled stories in the future.

Watching movies can also be a very effective to increase your vocabulary, and also helps you improve your listening skills. If you want to build vocabulary more, you can try downloading subtitles for the movies you watch at home, or turning on the "closed captioning" feature on your television. Keep track of the words used in the dialogues and you'll be amazed of the numerous words you can learn from just one movie.

Even knowing the correct lyrics to a song can help expand your vocabulary. Instead of singing along to a song using the made-up words you think the band is singing, go ahead and look up the lyrics of the song on the internet and memorize them.

Make reading a pastime and you can build vocabulary quickly. Check out advertisements, billboards and signs and you can acquire a plethora of new words that you can use daily. You can also purchase books that are designed to teach lists of target vocabulary. These books (often written by educators) can be found in versions appropriate for everyone, from primary school children to adults.


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