Enrich Your Vocabulary
Enriching your vocabulary is an integral part of writing well and talking inspiring. This applies to both professional writers and university or high school students.
Do you want to become a better writer? Do you want to talk in public? Start enriching your vocabulary. After all, the stronger your words, the more powerful your writing will be.
Writing well is important. Everyone is expected to enrich their vocabulary and build new writing skills.
There are many methods you can use to enrich your vocabulary. Here are some tips on how to increase the potential of your words.
1. Do You Read a Lot?
Read a great deal and from a variety of sources. Magazines, newspapers, blogs, novels, comics. The more words we make available to our brain, the more words we will have available for writing and talking. Reading opens the mind to a plethora of new words. (Plethora = overabundance, excess).
2. Look up Words in a Dictionary
Reading various types of writings, we come across words that we do not know. It is not enough to simply gloss over them. Instead, we must stop and look for the meaning of each new word. If you are reading with an e-reader, such as Kindle, simply highlight the word and you will see the dictionary definition.
Taking the time to investigate the meanings of the words will help you solidify them in your mind for future use.
3. Make a Notebook of the New Words
Once you have searched for new words using the dictionary, write them down in a notebook. This will allow you to have them handy in one place. Refer to your notebook to review some of the terms you have acquired. Make it a goal to incorporate these words into your writing (for school, social media, personal journals, notes, etc.). Using these new words in writing will help you enrich your vocabulary.
4. Learn a New Word Every Day
There are numerous sites that help you learn a new word every day. Using a dictionary (either online or paper) will help you discover the meanings of new words.
5. Use the New Words Often in Conversations
Try new words in everyday conversations. Set a goal to incorporate a new word into your communications with others every day.
The more you use the new words, the more they will be etched in your memory. There is definitely a connection between speaking and writing. Enriching one’s spoken vocabulary also means improving written vocabulary and vice versa.
6. Play Word Games
Making a crossword puzzle a day can help enrich your vocabulary. There are options online or you can use traditional pen and paper. Interactive word games like Scrabble can be fun and educational for you and your friends.
7. Choose Better, More Specific Words
Once you have started learning new words and expanding your vocabulary, better choose words for your writing. Certain vague words (such as large or small) must be avoided and replaced with specific terms, with more descriptive words.
Was the house big, so was it colossal? Huge? Monstrous? Gigantic? Better choices can be made with an extended vocabulary. Using specific words helps paint a clearer picture for the reader and makes your style less convoluted.
Becoming a better writer or speaker means using words better. The more specific and interesting your vocabulary, the more engaging and understandable your writing or speech will be. With constant effort, you will be able to enrich your vocabulary and improve your writing level.