As young students, we were often told to study our lessons if we wished to excel in class. As adults enrolled in an English training center, you must repeat this childhood habit if you want to not just perform better, but to improve the way you communicate as well as to have better vocabulary. Perhaps these tips can help you in doing just that.
Have a Dictionary with You at All Times
These days, many of us use our mobile devices to read or our favorite novels although many still do read in regular ink and paper. On that note, it is highly recommended for your to bring a dictionary with you at all times. If you’re the type who still prefers printed literature, it is advisable to use a pocket dictionary instead of a big, thick, heavy version. If you’re a bit techie and prefer mobile devises, then download a dictionary app for your phone. In both cases, it is highly recommended to choose the version with pronunciation guides to help you with any difficult words; but why have one in the first place? Should you encounter any unfamiliar words, you will immediately be able to find the meaning of the words with just a flick of a page or a press of a finger. Do not forget to jot down this new word and its meaning in your notebook or in your smartphone to help you remember it.
If you want to be good in something, you must do it on a daily basis. Same goes for the English language; If you truly wish to be fluent, you must practice speaking and writing English every single day. You can integrate it in your daily activities or you can set aside an hour or two practicing the language by yourself. It does not matter, as long as you can practice everyday.
Play Word Games
If video games can help people become better tacticians, then word games can help increase your vocabulary. Gather your native English speaker friends and fellow English students for scrabble night. Try to aim for longer, bigger words not for the score, but to test your vocabulary. Another game you can play is boggle.
If you’re flying solo, crosswords, word jumble and anagrams are the best way to go. You may also want to play word search not just to look for the words in the grid, but to look for unfamiliar words you can add to your ever growing vocabulary.
Talk, Talk, Talk!
Our cellular phones are equipped with caller ID and whenever another English student or a native speaker calls you, try to keep the conversation in English in order to practice your communication skills. Do the same whenever you see them in person.
Keep a Word of the Day Calendar
Perhaps one of the best ways you can have a better vocabulary is by learning at least one new word a day; and what better way to do this than by keeping a “Word of the Day” calendar? If you’re unsure how to use the word in a sentence, a quick internet search can help show you how you can use it. By the end of the year, you’ll have learned 365 new words, something that not everyone can boast, not even native English speakers.
Although some may say the art of letter writing is dead, there’s still no harm in doing so. If your penmanship isn’t the best, you may want to resort to its software version, the email. You don’t need to send these letters because the aim of this activity is to practice your written communication skills as well as your vocabulary. If you do send them, ask your correspondent to inform you of any grammatical errors so as you can take note and try not to repeat them in the future.
These tips were created not to hinder your learning, but to advance it. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with a little studying especially if it’s made fun with some games or with some technology. And most of all, never ever stop learning even if you’re already fluent in the language.