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Ways to improve vocabulary - your first step to become a wordsmith

Updated on November 6, 2011

Want to be a master of words?

I've read in many brain improvement books that improving your vocabulary can really help improving your intelligence. Okay, let's put aside all these scientific mumbo jumbo. I believe that most of us know Shakespeare and how he is one of the most brilliant literary figure due to his works. One of the reason behind Shakespeare's success is because he has an extensive amount of vocabulary. When we learn a lot of vocabulary, we will be able to express ourselves better. Words carry with themselves expressions and we rely on them in order to tell the world who we are. That's why improving your vocabulary is crucial because it helps you to see the world differently.......and be perceived as more intelligent.

There are many ways to improve vocabulary and my this hub will tell you some of it. Be sure to apply what you learn and you'll be on your way to become a wordsmith in no time.

The ways to improve vocabulary:-

1. Read A LOT - This is the most important way to improve vocabulary. By reading, you will discover words that you are not unfamiliar with and see how the authors use them. Furthermore, read with more variety - news, magazine, novel, science journal - as each type of the written works contain different usage of vocabulary.

2. Have a word journal - Every time you found a new word, jot it down in a book. This book is what I call as a word journal because it contains records of what words you learnt. After you've used the word journal for quite some time, read back all your previous entries. Notice how your vocabulary had grown and be proud of it.

3. Write using the new words - Application is the most effective way of learning. Even with your word journal, you will not significantly improve your vocabulary without complementing them with writing. At least once a week, write about anything and set how many new words you want to use inside the writing. When you write about it, you will see that the words will make your writings different than your previous one.

4. The best part...conversations! - After you've applied the three methods above, now challenge yourself to actually use it in real life. Conversing with others will determine whether you can really put the new words in context to your conversation. Finally, enjoy the praises coming from others as you show your vocabulary prowess. You're now a wordsmith, my friend.

I hope that you are able to apply all the ways to improve vocabulary that I mentioned in this hub. Your vocabulary will improve over time with the right effort. Be patience. Your path to become a wordsmith is close at hand!

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      Gabriella 3 years ago

      We tend to focus on things we canb4t do , big dmares that we find difficult to achieve, instead of thinking about the little battles we win each and every day. We need to give those little succeses the importance they have, and be proud of them.

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      sasanka7 6 years ago from Calcutta, India

      Very useful Hub.