By developing your vocabulary, you will be able to communicate and learn more effectively. The beauty of the English language is the many ways to express something with subtle differences in meaning. With practice, vocabulary will allow you to express yourself.
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Rather than providing piecemeal articles on improving your vocabulary, we thought we would start a more coherent vocabulary builder program. In this lesson in the Vocabulary Builder series, we ask (and answer) the question: Why build your vocabulary?
Do you know what "glair" is (compare "glare")? What about a "goll"? What is a "glib"? If these are new words to you, then you can increase your vocabulary by associating these words with their homonyms (words that sound the same but which mean different things). Associating new information with old information is one of the best ways to remember and retain new knowledge. Consider the following homonyms for various G words to increase your vocabulary.
Build Your Vocabulary is an educational film from 1948. Although the film is old, the film still provides excellent advice on the importance of building a vocabulary and how to build a vocabulary. View the film Build Your Vocabulary below.
Here is the next exercise to increase your vocabulary. Think carefully about the different shades of meaning each word has in the following groups of synonyms. Then write a sentence that uses each word precisely. If you need help, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the relevant word.
Funny mistakes by others, or even your own funny mistakes, can help you to improve your vocabulary — so long as you learn from those mistakes. For example, the new book The Funny Dictionary is a collection of student bloopers, arranged in alphabetical form. Most of the funny definitions in The Funny Dictionary come from answers school children have provided to English exam questions. But in order to find the book's definitions funny, you must understand the child's mistake. For this, you need a good vocabulary. Study the following extract from The Funny Dictionary to see if you can work out the source of the child's confusion and why their definition is funny. It's much better if you can work out the joke for yourself, but we've given you some examples to help anyway. The Funny Dictionary is available in its entirety, for free, at the-funny-dictionary.com.
Here is an exercise to improve your vocabulary. For the following groups of synonyms, determine the difference in meaning between the words in each group. Then use each word accurately in a sentence of your own. If you’re unsure about a word’s definition, double click the word and we’ll open a dictionary for you at the right place.
How do you improve your vocabulary? One of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is with synonyms. Consider these synonyms for the word "wise" and note the differences in meaning.