If you want to be an interesting interlocutor speaking English you should not underestimate the importance of your vocabulary, so to say a stock of words from different spheres of life. If you are searching for methods you can improve your vocabulary, we present you several useful tips.
Building vocabulary trees involves your associations in a process of learning new words. Using vocabulary trees you’ll start to think in vocabulary groups. When you think about nature, your mind will quickly relate such words as animals, trees, grass, flowers etc.
Create Vocabulary Themes
Make a list of vocabulary themes with definitions and illustrative sentence for each new item. For example:
1. dishwasher - device that washes dishes
I don't know what I'd do without my dishwasher. I can't imagine having to wash all those dishes by hand!
2. can opener - a device to open cans by cutting around the edges of the rim.
Don't open that by hand. Use the can opener!
Use Technology to Help You
Working in Internet and watching DVDs is a great opportunity for you to hear and understand English native speakers. You can repeat scenes you couldn’t understand at first. Watching TV may turn into a good instrument to improve your vocabulary.
Specific Vocabulary Lists
It is difficult for everybody to learn a long list of unrelated vocabulary. Unite specific vocabulary into one list. Create separate vocabulary list of business meeting related words, restaurant or café visit, hobby, school etc. Different branches of science have a wide range of specific words.
Word Formation Charts
Different tests for advanced level ESL learners such as the TOEFL, First Certificate CAE and Proficiency use word formation as one of the key elements. Students are to form several verb forms, adjective from a noun and vice versa.
For example: necessary – necessity, thought – think – thinking.
Memory likes schemes and pictures much more than just words. Today there are a number of excellent English learner visual dictionaries for sale. This method is equally well for children and adults.
Collocation mean a stable expression, at least two words that always go together. For example, to do your homework (not make, fulfill etc.), heavy rain (not strong), strong coffee.