Communicating with others does not necessarily require a large vocabulary, but the more words you know, the better the quality of your communication. Just as when speaking with a non-native English speaker, understanding, between the two parties of the concepts discussed, will be limited. Most of us could probably benefit from vocabulary builders, being a loosely organized set of tools we use to build and enhance our vocabularies. It’s easy enough to put together a program of vocabulary builders, personalized to suit our individual level of knowledge. A larger vocabulary allows you to be more precise and succinct, whether you’re speaking or writing. Here we’ve got a few ideas to get your vocabulary builders program in place.
1. Daily trivia question is one element of your vocabulary builders program. Keep a notepad with you when you read, and jot down any words for which you don’t know the meaning, or are just unclear. Later on, look those words up in the dictionary. Go over those words until you’re certain of the meaning.
2. Go to the library, or search out online a book or lists of Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes. Take these a few at a time, and memorize them. You’ll be amazed at how this part of your vocabulary builders program will exponentially add to your knowledge of many words.
3. Buy a good home dictionary, as well as a pocket dictionary to keep in your purse or back pocket. Whenever you run across a word you don’t know, look it up! It only takes a minute to increase your vocabulary by one!
4. Buy a thesaurus and a synonym finder. There are free, downloadable editions you can find on the net. This section of your vocabulary builders helps you refine your vocabulary, in the sense that you’ll discover the precise word that expresses exactly what you wish to convey.
5. Ever play Scrabble(R)? This game not only helps build your vocabulary, but also serves as an aid to learning spelling. This game can be played with 2-4 people, and it’s fun too! Doing crossword puzzles becomes another of your vocabulary builders.
6. There are a ton of vocabulary-rich websites on the net, in formats and lessons geared to every age and vocabulary level. For example, check out www.vocabulary.com for some learning fun with words.
7. Make a practice of reading newspapers and magazines, in either hard-copy or online form. As usual, jot down words that are unfamiliar and then look them up.
You can see that your custom vocabulary builders program will soon see you with a decidedly richer and larger vocabulary. You’ll find that the process is fun, and that your efforts pay you in the form of better communications with everyone you speak to or write. Good luck and have fun!