As we all know, vocabulary is a huge part of our lives. I’m always interested in finding some tips and tricks for discovering new words and understanding their meanings.
If you are looking to expand your vocabulary for school, improve your English, impress others, or for personal growth, there are some quick and easy ways to get started.
These four tips work great for me. I’ve been using them with great success, and I know you find them very useful too.
It’s amazing what learning a few new words a week does for your self-esteem! Regardless of your age, it’s so important to empower yourself with learning and adding a few new words to your lexicon works wonders for your ego!
So, let’s get started.
1 – Word Definition Extensions: We all browse the internet, right? Let’s take advantage of the tools already built into it to make learning easier. There are many extensions available that will help you not only with learning new words but will also aid you in learning how to use them in sentences as well as grammar correction.
I use a Chrome extension called Grammarly. You can find that in the Google Chrome store and simply add it and begin reaping the benefits. It’s wonderful! I love it and use it for everything!
Here are some other Chrome extensions that will provide you with definitions easily. These are my three tops picks – there are more to choose from in the Chrome Web Store. If you don’t use Chrome and decide to use other browsers no worries – just search for this type of extension and you will find one for most supported browsers.
Google Dictionary (by Google)
Grammarly for Chrome
Here’s what it looks like when you double-click on any word in Chrome looking for its definition. Isn’t that awesome?
2 – Word Of The Day – it’s a good thing! One of my favorite ways to learn new words is to have them delivered right to my inbox. Not to overwhelm myself, I only use one service for this service. It’s from Dictionary.com/WordOfTheDay and you can easily sign up for it.
Once you get your word of the day delivered to you, you can’t expect to read it once and bam, you are done – well, unless you have an amazing memory then sure – but for me, I like to save the words I like best in a folder and practice using them. Once I feel I’m good to go and have that word put to my memory, I delete it.
I use Outlook for my email and it’s super easy to create a folder and store all of my words there. You can use any email client as well. Just create a folder and move all of your words of the day there.
3 – Challenge Yourself – Once a week, I like to challenge myself. Using sites like wordinfo.info is great fun and a great way to learn new words and meanings. I also like this Vocabulary Builder extension for Chrome.
You can build your vocabulary with Magoosh’s free vocabulary game for your Android phone or tablet. Quiz yourself every day to learn the 1200 most important words!
☞ 1200 vocab words picked by an expert tutor
☞ Audio pronunciation for each of the words in the app
☞ Definitions and example sentences for every word
☞ Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced vocabulary sections
☞ Beat levels to unlock new words
☞ Track your progress as you study
4 – Say The Word Out Loud – In order to put our new words to memory, you have to say them outlook and use them in a sentence. I like to pull out my recorder or use the application below and record an entire sentence for replay. I play it several times a day and then put that word to use right away. It’s amazing how well this works.
There’s an app for Windows 10 called Robot Talk. It’s super easy to use and will speak any sentence you tell it to.
Just type any sentence you want Robot Talk to say and it will say exactly that. This is the perfect way to hear the new word you are learning out loud in a sentence so you can apply it to memory easily.
I hope these nifty tips help you in building your vocabulary muscle. I know they have helped mine!
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