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‡Tips for improving your vocabulary

Tips for improving your vocabulary
Use that dictionary
Pick up a dictionary and start learning.
It may sound strange and this
approach may not work for everybody
because few people are interested in
reading dictionaries. But that is how I
learned most of the words I know. I
didn’t even bother to group words into
categories. Instead, I started reading
the dictionary from the first page
trying to memorize the meanings of all
important sounding words that I could
find. Try it. It might work for you. Even
if it doesn’t, you have nothing to lose.
Some people find online dictionaries
far more engaging than their
paperback or hardcover versions. Of
course, online dictionaries are
interactive. They also make it easy to
look up words. And now that just
about every respected dictionary is
available online you have no excuses
for not learning new words. Which are
the best online dictionaries? I like
Cambridge dictionaries, but my favorite
is the Macmillan Dictionary.
Learn word families
The same word exists in different
forms. Consider the word academic. It
has several forms: academics,
academically, academy, academician
etc. All of these words belong to the
same word family. When you learn a
new word, you must also learn how to
use its different forms.
Learn word groups
Words are usually used in groups. Let
me make it clearer. Most words are
used in some fairly standard word
combinations. These word
combinations always go together. In
grammars they are called collocations.
Learning collocations is essential if
you want to express your ideas in
natural English.

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