Improving English: vocabulary

To succeed in English, it is essential to understand and use a wide range of vocabulary.  To expand your knowledge, keep a small notebook in which you can list any unfamiliar words you come across whilst you are reading or watching TV, or hear other people use.

Write the word, word class (noun, verb, adjective, etc), it’s definition, an example sentence (from the book or dictionary), and also write your own personalised sentence.  Check your own sentence with someone to ensure you have used the word appropriately, in the correct context.

The next step is to make a conscious effort to use the word in your own writing.

You can also use this technique when learning an additional language.


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