Increasing your word knowledge has several benefits—both concrete and abstract. What’s more, you don’t have to invest copious amounts of time and money to make noticeable changes. The thing is, most people would appreciate having an improved vocabulary; however, they might not know where to start. But improving your vocabulary is easy and fun, so let’s get started.
First, what are the tangible benefits of an improved vocabulary? The measurable rewards have been brought to light via numerous studies and reports. Among the many benefits are greater employment opportunities, increased earnings, expanded communication (oral and written), higher test scores, better spelling, and enhanced reading comprehension.
Next, what are the intangible benefits? A robust vocabulary gives you newfound confidence and an increased sense of well-being. This proverbial “new lease on life” creates a kind of upward spiral. You are more confident in your abilities, therefore, strive for greater heights. Think of it like this: if you have a robust vocabulary, you will have enhanced reading comprehension. This increased reading ability stimulates you to read more, which in turn raises your word knowledge; thus, you continue to develop both your vocabulary and your confidence. WOW!
How can you improve your vocabulary? Well, the easiest way to start improving your word knowledge is by increasing the amount of time you spend reading. You can read books, newspapers, magazines, or articles on the web (like our Featured Article). However, for more significant development, you need a purposeful plan. Books like 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary, although a few years old, can offer a first-class start to your program, but special books are not a requirement. If you have a dictionary, thesaurus, or internet access, you have all the tools necessary. Too, remember many on-line dictionaries can provide a wealth of information regarding the definition and pronunciation of a word.
Plan to spend a few minutes every other day (every day if you have the time and feel inclined) working on your vocabulary. At the start of every session, select a new word or two you would like to master. This term can be a word chosen from the dictionary or an unfamiliar one recently encountered while reading.
Write the word several times on a sheet of paper, making sure to read it aloud each time it’s written. Next, manufacture a sentence using the selected word(s) of the day. After constructing the sentence, you should practice speaking it audibly, as if you were having a conversation with a friend. Furthermore, try using the term several times throughout the day, because this “real world” practice will help you quickly master its pronunciation and usage. And it’s a really amusing game to play, too.
As you can see, improving your word knowledge is an admirable goal that doesn’t require a hefty investment of time or money. In fact, just a handful of minutes a week can bring about a marked improvement in your vocabulary. Moreover, the dividends you receive will enrich your life, both personal and professional, for many years to come.
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