Learn a new word daily:
Learning is the only way to improvement and success. It is said that ‘The day you stop learning, your growth stops!’. So, make it a rule to learn at least one new word daily. And, bring it in your practice to use that word in your daily life either in your office reports, professional meeting or casual chatting with friends or colleagues.
You can refer to the dictionary and efficiently improve your daily writing tips. There are many sites offering the service of Word of the Day, which is quite helpful in learning new words.
Make your vocabulary practical:
Start by learning the words that can express what’s most important to you. For example, learn more of your trade language – the words that are commonly used in your business or hobby or vocation. Go beyond the jargon and cliches. Find better, fresher, more explicit words to express what your peers are talking about.
Read a lot:
Most vocabulary words are learned from context. The more words you’re exposed to, the better vocabulary you will have. While you read, pay close attention to words you don’t know. First, try to figure out their meanings from context. Then look the words up. Read and listen to challenging material so that you’ll be exposed to many new words.
Use mnemonics (memory tricks):
For example, consider the word EGREGIOUS (extremely bad). Think EGG REACH US – imagine we’ve made a mistake so bad that they are throwing eggs at us and a rotten EGG REACHes US. Such funny little word pictures will help you remember what words mean, and they are fun to make up. Also, find out which learning style suits you best. Everyone learns differently!
Play with words:
Play Scrabble, Boggle, and do crossword puzzles. These and other word games are available on the computer, so you are not dependent on a partner to play. Also, try out the Franklin Electronic Dictionary that features built-in word games. Many word games are available online too. You just need to take some time out and play to learn.
Start journaling if you don’t already, or start a blog. Actively flexing your writing muscles will keep your vocabulary strong. If you do not want to go online to share your thoughts, you can also start penning things in your diary. A diary has all the advantages of a blog when it comes to improving an English vocabulary, but it also is private – and you can carry it around everywhere.
Refer to the dictionary when you don’t recognize a word:
When you see an unfamiliar word, do not skip over it impatiently. Try to puzzle out its possible meaning in the context of the sentence, then look it up in the dictionary and confirm its definition. Keep a small notebook with you and quickly jot down unknown words as you come across them for checking later. If you hear or see a word you don’t know, be sure to look it up. Again having an app on your phone helps you do that. Also, you can also just search the unknown word on your mobile browser and learn its meaning.
Use flash cards:
If you’re going to make a habit of learning new words, try some simple memorization techniques as if you were studying for a test. Hang post-its with the definition of a particular word you hope to memorize above the coffee maker, so you can explore it while fixing your morning cup. Affix a new word to each house plant so you can study while watering.
Use accurate adjectives and precise nouns:
The best writers aim for concision and accuracy. Get out the thesaurus and use the more precise word possible in your sentences. Don’t use three words when one will do. A word is a useful addition to your vocabulary if it reduces the number of words in a sentence. Learn to say what you mean and discover the joys of being able to express yourself in writing. Your future can depend on how rich your vocabulary is. Let building your vocabulary be a lifelong proposition. Remember: “In the beginning was the word.” Until you have a word for something, it does not exist for you. Name it, and you have made your reality richer.