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01/24/2019
An extensive vocabulary can benefit your social, academic, and day-to-day life. To help you build yours up, read and follow the tips in this post by The Tutoring Center, Houston TX (Memorial).

How to Build Your Vocabulary

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Become an Avid Reader

For starters, if you have a goal of increasing your vocabulary, you should realize that the best thing to do is crack a book open with some regularity. This is because, when you read material written by skilled writers that have a mastery over the English language, you're sure to find words that are unfamiliar to you on its pages. Aside from reading more, it is suggested that you expand your reading horizon: read different material about different and new subjects to you. This will guarantee that you will learn more and come across unknown words. Still, if this first tip is challenging to you because you aren't much of a reader, you can set a doable goal to help you get started. For instance, you can work towards reading 30 minutes each night.

Use a Dictionary Effectively

If you followed the tip above, then you now have a new collection of words you didn't know before. However, unless you figured out those words' meanings through the context they're presented in, you will need to have a dictionary close by to look up the definitions of the recently-discovered words. If you don't look them up, what's the point in even trying to find new words? While you have your dictionary with you, remember that you can use it to learn more about words. For example, depending on the edition you have, you may be able to learn about a word's part of speech, pronunciation, and even some synonyms and antonyms. One thing to keep in mind is that, if for some reason you don't understand a word's definition, you should make an effort to clear up any doubts, so you can use it correctly.

Become an Avid Writer

By now, you've found a myriad new words and you've learned their meaning. However, to make sure that you assimilate them and you make them part of your regular vernacular, you need to put them to good use. A great tip to make this happen is to become an avid writer. As you write, you should make it a point to utilize the words you've just incorporated into your vocabulary. If you aren't much of a writer, either, you can do a couple of things to get you started. For example, you can keep a journal. In it, you can document your day-to-day life, as well as your feelings, thoughts, opinions and more. Writing often can reap many benefits aside from helping you build up your vocabulary: it can boost your creativity, allow you to organize your thoughts, give you clarity, and much more.

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Engage in Conversations

As mentioned above, you need to find new words and practice those new words in order to include them properly in your regular lingo. To that end, you can read more and write more. However, another strategy you could use is to engage in conversations with other people. When talking to them, you can listen in for any unfamiliar words they may use (likewise, pay attention to how they use them). When it's your turn to reply, you should try your best to employ the words that you just learned. Talking to others will allow you to work on our vocabulary both passively and actively, but in a very entertaining and fun way.

Learn in a Fun Way

Lastly, if you truly want to work on your vocabulary and build it up in a fun way, you can play a few games. Playing a game of Scrabble or working on a crossword puzzle can inadvertently help you turn into a more savvy communicator, as it will force you to learn and become familiarized with words you may not know or employ often. Moreover, these games can also assist you in developing your spelling skills, among other academic abilities. Get your family and friends to play with you so you can learn more all while having a fun and enjoyable time!

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