The greater your vocabulary, the better will be your skills in speaking or writing. Anyone with a good vocabulary has a better chance to do well in his school, in his career or in his professional field whatever it may be. Speaking well and writing well will certainly take you to the path of success.
When you speak well or write well, you tend to think clearly and the spiral effect of which would help you build a better. Vocabulary. A person who scores high in vocabulary will be better endowed mentally. Both intellectual ability and vocabulary control typically go together or one induces the other towards the same path. Some studies showed that students who were put to vocabulary training initially fared better in the course examinations than those who had not undergone it. Successful people in all walks of life share the quality of unusual mastery of worlds. You can get yourself confused about this from the live examples around you.
Words symbolize knowledge. They are the carriers of thought. They are the tools with which you can understand the thoughts of others. To learn new words with ease, you should be familiar with the whereabouts of the elements of thoughts contained in those words. If you are endowed with a vast array of knowledge you would definitely have more words within your easy reach. Having more words within your control provides you with better persuasiveness, communication and interpersonal relationship. Persuasiveness is a sure prescription for success.
Learning words is very easy, if you know the right strategy. A powerful urge to learn new words, like that of a child, is all that is needed for vocabulary building. To familiarize a word, see or hear the word in different contexts, in repeated occasions and in repetitive manner. Recognize those words that you come across during your moves with others or in your reading, in the first phase. When you hear or see a word for the first time, it only gives a vague impression.Make a wild guess of the meaning of the word. But with successful contacts with it you will be able to use that word for thinking or writing. Best way to learn words is by repetition. Always remember to learn the word in context. Words memorized out of context can not be retained in memory easily.
When you find a new word, stop at it, become familiar with its appearance visibly and start guessing a meaning from the context. Then refer to a dictionary to verify the meaning, if necessary and convenient. Then pronounce the word aloud and write it, if possible, so as to get a muscular familiarity vocally and visually. When you see the word next, it will most probably be added to your functional vocabulary. Otherwise, make an effort to add it. If you do so purposefully, you will get an enviable vocabulary in the course of time. In short, keep a sharp eye on words, puzzle out a possible meaning, look up for the right meaning in the dictionary in case of doubt, say it loud and write it. Certainly, you will tend to use those words in your thinking, speaking and writing later on.
Reading is the best means to learn new words. But begin reading with a less complex text and continue the habit with more complex ones gradually. If the text that you read contains more than one unfamiliar word in a group twenty words, it would be difficult text for reading in the early stage of your vocabulary building. So avoid such texts at the outside. Constant reading will help build your vocabulary, but the material chosen would be one that keeps your interest. Only passionate pieces of text will keep your motivation for continuous reading.
In order to sustain the reading habit, find the clearest and the most interest generating volumes in a few fields of your interest. Start the reading in a field which suits your aptitude, choose the easiest type of books, spend some time skimming or scanning them initially, move on to a depth level of reading and concentrate on the rich intellectual content in those types of books. When you familiarize with a subject, move on to other related subjects. The reading materials suggested above are not textbooks but other kinds of books written in elegant and clear style. Reading such books in those subjects will not only help you build amazing vocabulary but also provides you the concepts required to upgrade your knowledge. ‘The Story of Philosophy’ by Will Durant is a good reading material of that kind. The book provides a broad survey of the entire vistas of philosophy. Any best seller book you can find in a good bookshop is a suitable choice for reading if your interest is constructive building and knowledge up-gradation.
When you finished reading a few books you will get acquainted with the general concepts in the fields. You can there familiarize with more words in those fields easily. That would endow you with clear thinking and right expression. While reading for vocabulary building, do not be afraid of making an exploration towards any side of knowledge.
Building vocabulary is an all round education. It is about acquisition of information, accumulation of knowledge or understanding wisdom. Engage wholly in building words or learning new ideas as part of your reading. Learn the words with an insatiable desire, drive or excitement characteristic of a child.
Listening good talks is an effortless way for building vocabulary. Keep your attention on the new words you come across in such speeches. Viewing good films that dominate with conversation is yet another mechanism to build vocabulary. Learning how to use a word or which context it can be used is a significant aspect in constructive building. A word can not be retained in mind without having knowledge of the context in which it can be used.
One quickest way to build vocabulary is to study the words with a common root as a group. Etymological learning of words makes you remember the words easily. Many of the English words are combination of two or more words put together. As well, there exists a family relationship among many words like imagination, imagination, imaginative etc and that would help you make intelligent guess of the meaning of unfamiliar words easily. Disassemble the words, like an architect, and use the root, prefix and suffix of those compound words as building blocks while learning new words.
As you continue your interest in voluntary building, you will find the habit of reading not only satisfies your urge to learn but gives you pleasure, mental stimulation, and motivation in life. You will then be impelled to go into the new realm of reading, for pleasure, for learning new skills and for succeeding in life. You will find reading an enjoyable habit and will gradually turn into deeper thoughtful, qualitative and varied reading. It would give you a gratifying experience, a renewed intellectual growth and a widened mental horizon of thinking. Your reading will give you a rich vocabulary of words and you will be more alert and receptive to thinking and learning in due course. You would let the words register deeply in your mind and become more familiar with them than you were earlier. When you come in touch with those words in different contexts, its meaning will be clear and use will be quite natural for you.
Remember that your vocabulary building can be made a bye product of your learning and intellectual development. The process of voluntary building would give you an opportunity in your daily living. Words symbolize ideas. Better vocabulary means better knowledge, better ideas and better living.