Studying English vocabulary is an integral part of developing your language abilities when you frequently use the newly acquired vocabulary. Yet many students don't know the best ways to study vocabulary. An enhanced lexicon (vocabulary you use) will enable you to speak more directly and clearly. Furthermore, it will help you to more effectively express the thoughts in your head and to avoid sounding repetitive.
Before you begin, remember that the absolute BEST way to learn is to use the vocabulary in conversations frequently. Doing this will make and strengthen the synapses (connections) in your brain.
1. Develop a list.
2. Learn the Definitions
3. Understand the Context
Even synonyms are often used in different contexts or have meanings that change how they should be used. (Look at Borrow, Lend and Loan.)
4. Get an Image
Google or use another method to get a picture to match your words. Having a picture with each word will likely help your
5. Put Your List Somewhere You Look Often
For example, do you use the computer a lot? Leave your vocabulary list on the monitor or keyboard.
6. Label Things in Your House
Even if you have a verb such as look - put it on your mirror since you look in the mirror.
Put the word evalute or research on your books. Remember - you want to create more connections.
7. Use Your New Vocabulary
Use your new vocabulary frequently in conversation, in your class, in your essays, emails, etc.
8. Learn a Sentence that Contains the Word
Don't just learn the word. For example,when learning "examine," don't just learn "to look closely." Learn a sentence such as, "He examined the clues."
9. Create Associations
Try to rhyme words, sing them, think of
words in your native language that sound similar, etc. CONNECTIONS!
learn vocabulary for a test or to use in an essay. Learn them for life by reviewing consistently!