Expanding your vocabulary is fun and there are a lot of creative ways to do it if you look around. Of course, reading is one of the best ways to learn new words because often, you can get the meaning of the new word just by reading the words around it. We use context clues to understand what others are saying when they use words we don’t know and often, this works. However, sometimes, we’re left in the dark because we just don’t understand the meaning of the words people use. Vocabulary building is an exercise that will help you avoid these situations entirely.
You can also learn new words by playing word games like crossword puzzles and many of the word games found online. I know one woman who has earned a lot of prizes by playing word games online. The site gives away tickets for each game played and you save up your tickets until you have enough to redeem them for something you want. She has gotten several tech gadgets and a few kitchen gadgets as well. She says she plays the games to relax and since she likes word games anyway, she figures she might as well earn something while she is playing so instead of going to many of the arcade game sites, she sticks to the one that rewards her for playing word games!
Expanding your vocabulary is something you should do over the course of your lifetime as new words are always evolving. Staying on top of new words will help you in all aspects of your life, such as your work life, your social life, and your personal life. A well rounded vocabulary is a sign of intelligence and most people are easy to judge us by how we talk.
Reader’s Digest said it years ago when they said, “It pays to increase your word power.” Their word power column has been a popular feature of the magazine for decades and they have usually been able to stump me, at least on a few of the words. The truth is, though, that people with a larger vocabulary earn more money than those with a limited command of the English language. Possessing superior communication skills is a staple of many jobs in the market today and those who don’t are often passed over for promotions in favor of the articulate. Ultimate Vocabulary is an eReflect produced a software that is a fun and effective way to achieve an extensive vocabulary.
Expanding your vocabulary doesn’t have to be a drag. You don’t have to memorize boring word lists or read the dictionary. Start with reading; read something you enjoy and look for words that are unfamiliar to you. Look them up in the dictionary and then go back and read the passage that contained them again. See how much more sense it makes now? Having done this, you’ve made the word yours now. You’ll recognize it the next time you see it and, just as important, you’ll begin to use the word yourself without even thinking about it.