Learn Vocabulary

We recommend five things for learning English vocabulary:

1. Context and Exposure

  • See or hear the vocabulary used in context
  • Sample contexts: reading material, audio, video, conversation
  • Sometimes you can guess meaning from the situation.
  • What type of word is it (noun, verb, adjective)?
  • Look at the words around it.
  • Try to read or listen to as much English as possible
  • Choose from a variety of sources

2. Pictures and associations

3. Understand Word Parts (prefixes, suffixes, roots)

4. Recognize collocations (words that go together)

5. Consider connotations and multiple meanings of words

  • Some words carry special or emotional meanings
  • Example:  house vs. home
  • Some words can have many different meanings
  • Example:  play, set, run
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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16