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Thursday, 03 May 2012 15:45

The Ten Best Tips for Further reading  Vocabulary Learning


•  Tip One: Read, Read, Read! Most vocabulary words are learned from context. The more words you're exposed to, the better vocabulary you will have. While you read, pay close attention to words you don't know. First, try to figure out their meanings from context. Then look the words up. Read and listen to challenging material so that you'll be exposed to many new words

Further reading about vocabulary learning tips. The Ten Best Vocabulary Learning Tips


•  Tip One: Read, Read, Read! Most vocabulary words are learned from context. The more words you're exposed to, the better vocabulary you will have. While you read, pay close attention to words you don't know. First, try to figure out their meanings from context. Then look the words up. Read and listen to challenging material so that you'll be exposed to many new words.


•    Tip  Two:  Improve  your  context  skills. Research  shows  that  a  lot  of words  are  learned  from context.  To  improve  your  context  skills  pay 112 close attention to how words are used. Doing a search on a word using dejanews.com (for searching newsgroups) will give you many examples of how that word is used in context. Play our Daily Context Vocabulary Quiz.

 

•    Tip  Three:  Practice,  practice,  practice. Learning  a  word  won't  help very  much  if  you  immediately  forget  it.  Research  shows  that  it  takes from  10  to  20  repetitions  to  really  make  a  word  part  of  your vocabulary.  It  helps  to  write  the  word  -  both  the  definition  and  a sentence you make up using the word - perhaps on an index card that can later be reviewed. As soon as you learn a new word, start using it.


•    Tip Four: Make up as many associations and connections as possible. Say the word aloud to activate your auditory memory. Relate the word to  words  you  already  know.  For  example,  the  word  GARGANTUAN (very large) has a similar meaning to the words gigantic, huge, large, etc.  You  could  make  a  sequence:  small,  medium,  large,  very  large, GARGANTUAN.  List  as  many  things  as  you  can  that  could  be considered  GARGANTUAN:  Godzilla,  the  circus  fat  lady,  the  zit  on
your nose, etc.


•    Tip Five: Use mnemonics ( memory tricks). For example, consider the word EGREGIOUS (extremely bad). Think EGG REACH US - imagine we've made a mistake so bad that they are throwing eggs at us and a rotten EGG REACHes US. Such funny little word pictures will help you remember what words mean, AND they are fun to make up. Also, find out which learning style suits you best. Everyone learns differently!


•    Tip Six: Get in the habit of looking up words you don't know. If you have a dictionary program on your computer, keep it open and handy. America  Online  and  other  internet  services  have  dictionaries  and thesauruses on their tool bars. Find them and look up any word you are not absolutely sure of. Use a thesaurus when you write to find the word that fits best.  •    Tip Seven: Play with words. Play Scrabble, Boggle, and do crossword puzzles. These and other word games are available for the computer, so you are not dependent on a partner to play. Also, try out the Franklin Electronic Dictionary that features built-in word games.


•    Tip  Eight:  Use  vocabulary  lists.
For  the  serious  vocabulary  student, there are many books that focus on the words most commonly found in standardized  tests,  such  as  the  SAT  and  GRE.  There  are  also  many interesting  word  sites  on  the  Internet,  many  of  which  will  send  you  a word a day by e-mail.


•    Tip Nine: Take vocabulary tests. Playing games, such as the ones on this  site,  that  test  your  knowledge  will  help  you  learn  new  words  and also  let  you  know  how  much  progress  you're  making.  Offline  sources for vocabulary tests include SAT or English Vocabulary in use.


•    Tip Ten: Get excited about words!
Come to appreciate the sometimes-subtle  differences  between  them.  Do  you  know  the  difference  between something  that  denotes  something  else  and  something  that  connotes something else? If not, go look it up. Learn to say what you really mean and discover the joys of being able to express yourself in writing. Your future can depend on how rich your vocabulary is.

 

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