Word of the Day

Vocabulary Building Tips

Some people will tell you that a great vocabulary takes years to obtain. While you should continue adding to your vocabulary throughout your life, there are a few things you can do to attain verbal prowess in a relatively short period of time. Here they are!

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Commit to Learning One New Word a Day

The regular action of learning one new word a day will do wonders for your vocabulary. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for the Word of the Day Email and commit to taking a quick second every day to learn each new word. After just a few weeks of doing this you will begin to realize how easy it is to grow your vocabulary.

Focus on Learning Practical Words

To gain the benefits of an advanced vocabulary you have to be able to actually use them in your daily communication. Spending time learning strange and obscure words you come across is not the best use of your time. A good way to start is by learning words that you hear a lot but don't fully understand or use yourself. Learn words that you can actually see yourself using — words that have meanings you express regularly at work or in other settings.

Be Aware of New Words You Read or Hear

There is a strong urge to skip over a word we read or hear that is unfamiliar or vaguely known. Be cognizant of words that you read or hear that are unknown to you. Take special note even when you hear educated or especially descriptive words that you understand but do not regularly use. If someone else is using it then there is no reason why you shouldn't be. Keep a notebook of words you hear and try to incorporate them into your speech or writing. If you hear a word and don't have your notebook around, take out your cell phone and text the word to yourself. Make a goal to learn every new word you come across. Regular reading of publications like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal or best selling novels will give you plenty of great words to learn. You will also be surprised at how many great words you can pick up from lighter reading in your favorite magazine or blog. The key is to take the time to learn every new word you come across.

Look it Up!

Always use a dictionary to look up the meaning of a new word. Attempting to decipher the meaning of a word from context will typically not give you a thorough enough understanding to feel confident using the word yourself. When learning a new word you should get an official, comprehensive definition and some example sentences to give you a good grasp of its proper usage. Consider using an online dictionary like dictionary.com or m-w.com. If you are dying to know what a word means and don't have internet access you can get an abridged definition instantly by texting "define" then the word to 46645 (googl). Within seconds, you will receive a return text with the definition.

Make Personal Applications

Having a good vocabulary entails more than just knowing the definition of a word. You have to actually use it. When learning a new word, make sure to take a moment to think of how YOU can use it in YOUR everyday life. Think of how, when, where and with whom you could use a given word, then come up with your own personal example sentence. When the opportunity arises, use it!

Use an Audio Vocabulary Building Program

Audio programs are simply the most effective way to improve your vocabulary. Most people don't have the time or patience to spend hours in front of a computer or reading a vocabulary building book to improve their vocabulary. Audio programs are most effective because they are convenient. You can improve your vocabulary by listening to the program in your car or on your iPod, learning while you drive, workout, our do chores.

* Audio programs also help you become familiar with words through hearing them. This will help you feel more comfortable actually using the new words you learn. Many programs like Overnight Vocabulary come with a written guide as well so that you can study visually. This is a great supplement to the audio portion.