{February 3, 2011}   How to learn vocabulary

1. Read. Most vocabulary words are learned from context. The more words you’re exposed to, the better vocabulary you will have. While you read, pay close attention to words you don’t know. First, try to figure out their meanings from context. Then look the words up. Read and listen to challenging material so that you’ll be exposed to many new words.

2. Pay close attention to how words are used.

3. Learning a word won’t help very much if you promptly forget it. Research shows that it takes a minimum of 10 to 20 repetitions to really make a word part of your vocabulary. It helps to write the word – both the definition and a sentence you make up using the word – perhaps on an index card that can later be reviewed. As soon as you learn a new word, start using it.

4. Make up as many associations and connections as possible. Say the word aloud to activate your auditory memory. Relate the word to words you already know. Create pictures of the word’s meaning that involve strong emotions.

5. Use mnemonics ( memory tricks). Also, find out which learning style suits you best. Everyone learns differently!

6. Get in the habit of looking up words you don’t know. If you have a dictionary program on your computer, keep it open and handy. If you don’t, just type: “define: WORD” in google, and you will come across with definitions of the WORD you need.

7. Play with words. Play Scrabble, Boggle, and do crossword puzzles. There are a lot of free online games to play with vocabulary! (there is a post about that in the vocabulary section).

8. Diversity of topics is important. Read some natural science stuff. Then read some applied science stuff. Read some contemporary literature. Then read some Shakespeare. Comb through a pop psychology book and then consume a humorous work. Varied reading will sharpen both general and subject-specific vocabularies.

9.Try out your new vocabulary in speech and writing.

-Are you a teacher needing ideas to work on vocabulary? Here you can find a lot of ideas! (I came across the site via google)

(I also shared this on


Hi there,

I hope that I’m not the cheeky ONE now 🙂

I came across and wondered whether you might be interested in mentioning my blog dedicated to “English Speaking” up there?

It is located here –>

Thanks for looking into it!

Anthea Sapon

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