how to improve your vocabulary in 3 easy steps
: If you struggling with vocabulary in Competitive exams, here’s a blog to improve your vocabulary in 3 easy steps!
- Personal Dictionary: Well, this is actually one of the most efficient ways to learn new vocabulary and track your overall progress. Buy a new notebook or create a new memo on your phone where you will regularly update a word list of all the new English vocabulary you have mastered thus far.
- A Word A Day Keeps All Worries Away! : Try to learn a new word every day. Growth is a gradual process. A new word everyday will add a branch to the tree of your English Vocabulary.
- A Dictionary Is A Must: Words are incomplete without proper meaning and association and for that you need a handy dictionary. Keep one near so that whenever you have to tackle a tough word, you won’t feel alone.
- Engage in Conversations & Use the Newly Learnt Words in Sentences: Engage in active conversations and use your words while speaking or in oration.
- Word Games & Crossword Puzzles: Challenge your colleague in a word game or sit with your family engaging with each other in word games and scrabble. Crossword puzzles are mostly based on tough words and it is another great way to add to your ever growing vocabulary.
- Knowing The Roots: There are many English words whose roots are in ancient languages like Latin and French. Having a clear knowledge of roots just makes it easier to remember the word.
- Making Words Meaningful: understands new verbal concepts better when they are linked to an image or another concept. For example, if you learn the word “temperament”, you may link its meaning to “temperature” to memorize it easier, and more importantly, be able to recall its meaning based on that connection at any given time. The concepts you connect don’t have to be related in any way as long as they help you memorize new vocabulary.
- Repetition: Repeat the previous words so that it’s imprinted in the memory through constant usage, thinking and writing.
- Write and Label: Form sentences with the learnt words and use it in different kinds of writing. Label the names of complicated things and use sticky notes to remember the tough ones.
- Listen: Listen to the English news broadcasts. There are several news channels. It’s a great way to come across new words that is specific to some situation or some new term that has been coined lately.
- Actively Use What You Learn: Don’t limit your practice of new words to mere app usage and simple repetition to check what you know. Your true mastery shines when you are able to use new vocabulary in a real-life setting. Engage in conversations. While doing so, try to include those new words where appropriate as a sign of confidence and for additional practice.
- Read: Reading, in combination with a dictionary, is one of the best ways to come across new vocabulary. What is more, try to read as many different reading materials as possible, e.g. books, newspapers, magazines, etc. to be able to find a variety of new vocabulary
- Analyze Vocabulary In Context: When reading, try to test yourself by not checking the meaning of new words in a dictionary immediately. Instead, infer the meaning from context. Just continue reading after stumbling upon a new word and you’ll see that this particular task is, in fact, not that hard. It’s a more advanced method of mastering new vocabulary but it’s definitely worth a shot.
- Make Use Of Games And Apps: This is probably the most frequent method of learning new vocabulary and mastering new languages among the learners of today. Most language learning apps, such as Duolingo, Memrise or QuizUp are vocabulary-centric and utilize repetition and behavioral patterns to aid your learning process and help maximize your time and effort. They’re easily accessible and usually don’t have any time restraints so you can basically learn only when you want to.
- Stay Motivated: This is actually the backbone of learning anything new, especially when it comes to languages. We’re talking about motivation. In order for you to improve your vocabulary as much as you can, you need to cultivate the curiosity to learn new words every day. It’s the inner motivation that can fast track your progress and get you way past your goals at any given day.
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- The reading comprehension from which 50% of the English language section questions are based requires the candidate to have a good reading skill and requires a good hold on the English vocabulary. A good vocabulary will give the candidates of a better understanding of the comprehension which will benefit them in scoring maximum marks.
- A good vocabulary also helps a candidate to crack the interview round of the banking exams. The candidate can form a sentence perfectly if he/she has a good vocabulary.
- Apart from the reading comprehension section, there are multiple English tests where vocabulary can be used.
Start Learning Where You Are: Whether you are at your home or at work or at any part of the world, if you come across a new word, don’t leave it. Instantly look up its meaning and usage. Learning comes with a flow. It’s up to you whether you nourish it or let it wither.