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How to Master English Words

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In spite of our sophisticated talents, we might have experienced few uneasy moments when it became the time for rich vocabulary. But our communication skills highly bring the best of us to the fronts of our life. Our Word Power determines our level of success. Mastering English words is the first step to master communication skills. This guide is for speakers of English as a second language as well as native English speakers who wish to increase their vocabulary skills.

  • Determine your present level of vocabulary. This is something you can do by taking few Vocabulary tests which are available through a few websites. By taking these tests, you will come to know your strengths and weaknesses in your present level of vocabulary.
  • Buy a few books to help your studies. Go to any good library or bookstore and find a knowledgeable staff person. This person will be able to listen to you speaking, and help determine the books that will help most.
  • Begin at your present level. If your level of vocabulary level is high, start at the highest level where you recognize and understand every word put before you.
  • Prepare a study schedule. Follow your schedule, even if it is only for 30 minutes per week, once a week. It's better if you can spend 10 minutes per day - daily usage and practice will help fastest.
  • Subscribe to a website which sends A Word A Day to your Inbox. One such site is through Merriam-Webster, the dictionary company. You can find many others, as well.
  • Say each word as you read it. This is very important. Make sure your pronunciation is correct. There's nothing more embarrassing than trying to impress people with your newfound language skills, only to find out that the word you were going for was pronounced "Fa-SEE-Shus," not "Fa-KET-EE-uss." (That's "facetious," by the way.) Pronouncing the words out loud will help them form naturally when you speak them in front of others. It is especially important for non-native speakers to do this as English pronunciation of vowels and consonants often differs from your native language.
  • Write down the definition, and then a few sentences using those words. This will help them stick in your head, along with the meaning as you write them down. Read your sentences aloud, making sure to pronounce carefully. There is a little muscle memory at play here - forming the words correctly the first few times will ensure that you always form them this same way. If you start saying a word wrong, it's really hard to get your brain around the correct way later.
  • Repeat the new words each day, adding one new word every day. As you feel sure you will not forget word #1, drop it from the list, and continue.

Tips

  • Never get dejected or lose heart. English is a funny language and has lots of weird words. Even natives get confused.
  • Do your studies regularly.
  • Share your new words with your friends who may need those words.
  • Always try to use humor or funny ideas with new words. The funnier the better! It helps you remember the words easier. Example: "adhere" (meaning: "stick to, stay with") -- "The mouse was adhered to the cheese, because it was covered with Superglue."