How to Improve Your Vocabulary Through Reading
5 Aug 2014 admin
Reading, without question, is the one of the best ways to boost your vocabulary. Not only do you see words used in context, but also you expose yourself to new words. So invoke interest in reading, and this is achievable by simply picking reading materials that you find enjoyable and insightful. Remember that the more time you spend on reading, the more words, you will see. The more words you see, the more you will learn.
Try these several strategies aimed at improving you vocabulary.
- Analyze word parts. Words can be made of roots, prefixes and suffixes that come from Greek and Latin words. Learning the meanings of different roots, prefixes and suffixes will help you increase your vocabulary.
- Recognize grammatical forms. There are suffixes that tell you whether a word is a noun, a verb, an adjective or an adverb. Learning suffixes like tion, able or ize will help you understand the meanings of new words.
- Be familiar with word families. As we know, words can be related, too. A given word can be a noun, a verb, an adjective or an adverb by just changing its suffix. A good example would be rely (verb), reliance (noun), reliable (adjective) and reliably (adverb). The meaning of each word is similar to the others, but each one has a different grammatical form.
- Make a journal. When reading, expect that you will come across many words that are new to you. You are advised then to record these new words in an organized way.
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