Are you having a difficult time building your vocabulary?
If so, you’re not alone.
Many English language learners feel that vocabulary exercises are one of the most challenging parts to mastering English.
Building your vocabulary is one of the most important parts of learning a new language. In some ways, having a large vocabulary is more important than knowing the right grammar rules and word order.
Your extensive vocabulary allows you to be understandable, which is important if you’re in a situation where you’re in dire need of expressing yourself.
You never know if you’ll ever need to say, “My passport is lost,” or “I have food poisoning.” Even if you haven’t mastered English grammar, your vocabulary knowledge may mean the difference between getting help or not.
Here are some tips to help you increase your vocabulary:
- Use new words as much as possible. Mention them in your conversations and include them in your writing.
- Start simple. Learn the words that you use the most in your day-to-day activities. Things involving time, food and daily routine are good.
- Learn in groups. Types of food, modes of transportation, vocabulary for hospital visits are all great groupings. Learning words randomly, like “cheese” and then “submarine,” is only going to confuse you.
- Stay away from opposites. Don’t mix opposites in with your groupings, it’ll only confuse you. Stick with synonyms.