How To Increase Your English Vocabulary

Mar
11
2011

Do you dislike reading because a lot of words are unfamiliar to you? Do you often find yourself at loss for words not due to emotional duress but simply because you don’t know how to say what you want? Don’t worry - many people, and even native speakers, are no strangers to this phenomenon. Fortunately, there is a way to overcome this weakness. Good working vocabulary is one of the defining factors in your success as an ESL Student. Of course, that does not mean you should start memorizing dictionary entries in alphabetical order. As we might have mentioned before, a bit of creativity and a lot of dedication go a long way toward your progress with studies. What if new words, along with their etymology, meaning and pronunciation, were selected at random and sent to you every day and all you’d have to do was to read and memorize them and then impress your friends and classmates with your English vocabulary? You can’t perfect your English overnight, but what you can and should do is to learn a little every day, so let’s start with an absolute minimum – one word.

Dictionary.com Word of The Day

Here you can sign up for a daily email and learn new words as well as the ways to use them in the sentence. Dictionary.com is a website you should definitely consider bookmarking for it offers a truly comprehensive array of linguistic tools, from thesaurus to an online translator. The website also has a “Did you know?” section where you can learn very interesting facts about words, such as what pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, which is the longest word in the English language, means.

Merriam-Webster.com Word of The Day

This is a great subscription service offered by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, owned and operated by the world-famous Encyclopedia Britannica.  Visited by over 40 million people every month, the site is one of the most popular and comprehensive vocabulary resources on the web. The print edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is one of the all-time bestselling American books.

A Word A Day

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