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Improving your Vocabulary

Updated on March 14, 2011
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Improving your own vocabulary

  • The single best thing to do in attempting to improve your vocabulary and speaking skills is to read. Read a book, a newspaper, a magazine, read anything of your own choosing.

  • When you come across an unfamiliar word, consult a dictionary. It can be a pocket dictionary from the local discount store, a collegiate dictionary, an encyclopedic dictionary or one of the many on line versions.

  • Look the word up, apply the definition to what you are currently reading.

  • Apply the meaning to other situations that you can use it in.

  • Look for ways to work it into your conversation or your writing.

  • Read, read and read some more.

  • Readers Digest has a column , with a quiz, devoted to this very endeavor.

  • The dictionary is a tool for readers and for writers alike. Get comfortable using it.

  • Practice what you have learned.



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    • onegoodwoman profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from A small southern town

      Thanks to you Phil.........

      I do agree, reading is crucial, but me

      also need to understand what we are reading.

      There are some editorials, that I have a hard

      time deciding if they are opinion, or satire.

      Invest in, and get familiar with a good dictionary.

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      You've provided a plethora of methods to improve vocabulary. Undoubtedly, reading is the way to go.

    • onegoodwoman profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from A small southern town

      There is undeniable truth in your assessment.

      During times of communication, I am driven by two principles:

      1) keep it simple, you don't know who might be in the audience

      2) education is but one tool in the box

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      American Tiger 

      7 years ago

      Something else you need to be aware of, Good Woman; When the Harvard School of Business went on a quest to discover what the single greatest underlying factor behind Individual Employment Success was, they dealt themselves a blow. They expected to find that the higher your education, the higher you could climb the corporate ladder.

      They sent questionnaires to everyone with any authority what-so-ever, in the Fortune 500. Cleaning crew foremen to Chairmen of the Board.

      An excellent selling point for Ivy League Business schools, if it turned out to be true. And everyone knew that was the answer, anyway. Didn't they?

      Then they discovered well educated idiots working in lower management or worse. Their were also Presidents, CEOs, CFOs and the like with High School diplomas, and a few GEDs.

      Collage is an excellent way to GET an executive position, but it does damned little to ensure your continued promotion.

      As it turns out, Vocabulary is the one measurable and definable attribute that can be directly traced to a person's overall career success. People make HUGE value judgments based almost entirely on the words you use and the way you use them.

      The hottest, best-dressed guy in the room can open his mouth and utterly destroy everyone's opinion of him.

      A word is little more than a name for a piece of information. So the more words you know, the more knowledge you can access or impart, and the more you will be promoted to positions of higher responsibility and compensation.

      Learn more words, make more money.

    • onegoodwoman profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from A small southern town

      Thank you to all who offered a response.....sometimes in our " how to " age, we get sidetracked. The simple things we learned in elementary school still serve us.

    • Apostle Jack profile image

      Apostle Jack 

      7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      We grow as we know;and show as we go.

    • mimind profile image


      7 years ago from THE UNITED STATES

      Simple methods that few realize actually work but do without you even realizing it thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      good and simple


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