Sunday, 29 November 2015 01:06

How Doctor Who Improved My Vocabulary

To improve your vocabulary, a crucial technique is "elaboration" — for example, learning and using a new word in its context. Watching good television shows can provide the necessary context you need for learning new words. In this article, we take a look at five words the popular television show Doctor Who has helped children across the globe (and universe?) to learn and understand.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 02:28

Improve Your Vocabulary With The Funny Dictionary

Just a few days ago, I released an online version of my book The Funny Dictionary. The full text of The Funny Dictionary is now available to everyone, for free. As I have written in the preface to The Funny Dictionary, the main purpose of the book is to entertain; but The Funny Dictionary also has an ulterior use: to improve your vocabulary. Find out how to use The Funny Dictionary to improve your vocabulary, by reading on...

Finding homonyms or homophones is one of the best ways to enlarge your vocabulary. Linking new information (ie the homonymous words) with old information (words your already know) helps you to retain the new information. In this article on homonyms, we have found homonyms for words that start with D.

Here are some synonyms for various S-words. These synonyms are part of an exercise to widen your vocabulary. Think carefully about the meaning of each word in the following groups of synonyms. Then think of a sentence that captures the meaning of each word precisely. If you need help with the meaning of a word, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary at the relevant place.

Here is another instalment in our exercises to deepen your vocabulary. Think carefully about the meaning of each word in the following groups of synonyms. Then write a sentence that captures the meaning of each word precisely. If you need help, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the relevant spot.

Saturday, 16 June 2012 11:49

Funny Mistakes Help Improve Vocabulary

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.

In this exercise to expand your vocabulary, work out the different meanings of the words in each group of synonyms. Then write a sentence that uses each word accurately. If you need help, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the right definition.

Continuing our exercises to increase your vocabulary, here is another group of synonyms. Determine the different meanings of the words in each group. Then use each word accurately in a sentence of your own. If you get stuck, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the right place.

Here's another exercise to build your vocabulary. For these groups of synonyms, discriminate between the different meanings of the words in each group. Then write a sentence that uses each word accurately. If you get stuck, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the right place.

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.

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