Why is vocabulary so important?
Simply put: knowing more words makes you smarter and wealthier.
Vocabulary is related to intelligence and economic success.
Plus, many readers of this blog are ambitious professionals who want to study an MBAin an English-speaking country.
Strong word power is also important for the GMAT and of course in presentations and negotiations at the office.
Vocabulary, much more than grammar, is the key to understanding what happens in the world around you and to communicating successfully with other people.
Research suggests a strong link between having an extensive vocabulary and achieving academic and professional success.
Vocabulary Challenge for English Learners
For English language learners, building a large vocabulary is paramount.
The average native English speaker enters kindergarten knowing at least 5,000 words.
The average English learner may know 5,000 words in his or her native language, but very few words in English.
While native speakers continue to learn new words, students of English have a double challenge of both building that foundation and then closing the gap.
However, you are in luck!
You can use the following resources to close the gap with native English speakers.
Study vocabulary systematically. Read extensively and outside your profession.
Prepare yourself for the personal and professional success you seek and deserve in the interdependent economy fueled by English.
Build your vocabulary today!
You need to take responsibility for building your vocabulary while improving your English.
Increasing your vocabulary is mostly a personal activity.
You can note vocabulary terms when you read an article in a newspaper, magazine, or journal. No teacher is there to guide you. You are in charge.
While educational authorities debate the best manner to acquire vocabulary, research does suggest a “content-based approach” is valid.
You can study vocabulary directly by learning a list of associated words.
This so-called thematic approach helps you group words that are related to a particular topic together and thus remember them better.
A variety of vocabulary texts can help you with this task:
Here’s another hint: Keep a vocabulary notebook to organize your new words. Review your terms and watch your lexicon grow!
How to Grow Your Vocabulary
The following group of resources is arranged to help you retain your new words and sustain the growth of your lexicon.
Visit Quizlet.com to create electronic flash cards and to study the vocabulary cards others have created.
On the Vocabahead website, you can watch videos of vocabulary words to help illustrate the words for you! For example, try out this video about the word baffle.
Learn about prefixes and suffixes here. Remember, many words in English have Greek and Latin roots.
Vocabulary Tools – Dictionaries and Thesaurus
Use these online dictionaries to get definitions of words you are learning.
A good way to increase your range of terms is to find synonyms and antonyms. For that reason, use the thesaurus below to help you.
While monolingual resources are the best, if you need to find an equivalent in your own language, I suggest you check out Wordreference. You will also find a good English dictionary there as well.