I want to exceed in my vocabulary!?

I want to exceed in my vocabulary!? Topic: I want to exceed in my vocabulary!?
April 22, 2019 / By Suzanna
Question: Does anyone have GREAT study skills to help me remember complex vocabulary words. Should I keep reading different books to be exposed to different vocab words? Also, whats a great way to improve my writing skills: essays, identifying sentence errors, and stuff like that. I'm only in 8th grade, but want to excell in everything I do.
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Raschelle Raschelle | 10 days ago
Reading books is a good idea for improving your vocabulary. Try reading some classic books (your teachers will have PLENTY of ideas, I'm sure) and keep a dictionary close at hand so that you can look up any words that are new to you. To remember them, try associating them with things that you're familar with, use a humorous (or even naughty!) memory trick, or write them in sentences. For instance, when I was in high school, I found a really clever way of remembering that "pusillanimous" is a synonym for "cowardly," but I probably shouldn't go into further detail in this forum. :-) Speaking of writing, the best way to improve is to just do it. Then get feedback from people whom you KNOW are good at writing. Ask them things like, "Do you understand this?" or "Does this make sense?" or "Did I use the right word?" This can help with remembering your vocabulary words, too. Another good way to improve your writing is to work hard at learning grammar. It may be boring, but it's easier to write well if you know what's correct and **why** it's correct. I must say that I am impressed that you are an 8th-grader seeking to improve your writing. I was starting to think that my generation (I'm 40) was the last one that cared about how to write properly. Have fun!
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Raschelle Originally Answered: What are some ways in which I can better my vocabulary?
Context is your best teacher here. Forget the ineffective, boring and tedious word-by-word and out-of-context memorization techniques, they simply do not work. Instead, use the language as much as you can and in as many different, creative and challenging ways as possible. Read, write, speak, listen, understand, communicate. Choose material that is neither too easy nor too difficult for your current skills, but which you find motivating and interesting. Also, buy yourself a single-language dictionary which explains the words so that you can understand them better.

Merideth Merideth
Reading is the best way. to increase vocabulary. Why? Because you will not retain words very much if they are not in some kind of context that your brain will recall. For writing, get people around you to give you random topics and just write and practice how to say things concisely, how to use the tool of satire and humor, and how to give accounts of things that are as devoid as possible of personal slant. It is just practice to vary how you approach a topic - in an egalitarian fashion, or totally slanted toward a point of view. Even try going opposite to your own point of view and see if you can pull that off. My ex used to ask his teachers for extra stuff to do. It didn't work toward his grades, but was just an extra challenge to use up extra energy. Teachers will love that.
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Leone Leone
Learn Classical Latin, many complex medical and higher level vocab. words originate from Latin root words. If your scool offers languages, this is an excellent choice. This would mean that you could learn the original word and then recognize it in its different forms. Not to mention it is the mother of all romantic languages and also prepares you to learn Greek as they have many similarities.
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Jordi Jordi
distinct languages has distinct quantity of words the language that has the main words is the united statesEnglish as a results of fact we shop on including slang words to the dictionary however the language shake spear used had much extra words different languages like English U.ok. and French purely have like one hundred 000-2 hundred 000 words we've approximately 500 000 and shake spear had approximately 500 000 (i'm no longer thoroughly optimistic those numbers are spectacular i purely bear in mind my instructor speaking approximately this in college)
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Genya Genya
well i think that you should keep reading different books so you could get better but get books at your reading level and you will get better
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Genya Originally Answered: The best way to build your vocabulary?
Reading is only one piece of the puzzle for vocabulary development. Writing and speaking are also critical pieces. While looking through the dictionary or thesaurus to find interesting new words can be entertaining, or at least informative, it is much more effective if you are looking for words that will help you express something you actually CARE about expressing. You should take care to find some outlets for writing that you find engaging and that make you feel productive and useful -- or perhaps creative and entertained. You should involve yourself in frequent writing, but you don't want it to feel like a painful punishment. Answering questions on Yahoo! Answers is a good example of a useful way to apply writing, but there are thousands of other choices. If, for example, you DO choose to write for a purpose like answering questions on this site, this can help you develop your vocabulary -- IF you really take care in your writing. Most answerers here spit out the first idea that comes to mind and then move on to another question. After you post an answer, REVIEW what you wrote and look for ways to be clearer and more detailed. Don't do this just to be hard on yourself. Do it to offer the BEST HELP that you can. That will help your motivation. Also, when you DO write, be sure to notice when you are using the same pieces of vocabulary repetitively or communicating with an overly simplistic vocabulary. Take that opportunity to look for synonyms and other expressions to communicate the same ideas more effectively, vividly, and/or imaginatively. Something else you should pay attention to is who you spend most of your conversational time with. Do you spend much time talking with people whose vocabulary is more advanced than yours? Or do you spend most of your time conversing with people who use a lot of fillers, like "uh" and "um" and "like," and also a lot of swear words that take the place of anything more descriptive? Friends like that may be great friends, but if that's what your friends are like, you need to find time to converse with more articulate people, as well. Volunteering presents one great opportunity to get into situations where you converse with more adult speakers more often. The multitude of chatrooms available on today's internet present another great option. Use your imagination to find just the right niche. Do keep reading those books, as well as newspapers, magazines, and anything else you can find that interests you and uses the level of vocabulary you want to make your own. (Even some comic books and many graphic novels qualify, believe it or not!) Just take care that much of what you read is actually written at a level that challenges your vocabulary somewhat. You should encounter unfamiliar words here and there in a book that is written at your level, but not so many unfamiliar words that it makes it hard to get into the flow of the story. (The same is true of conversing with people as a way to improve your vocabulary -- you need to be challenged to grow, but you do NOT need to be overwhelmed, confused, and humiliated.) There's nothing like an author's perfect turn of a phrase to capture your imagination and keep you alive to the potential power and beauty of more articulate and apt forms of expression. And books are one marvelously meaningful context for encountering new words in ways that brings them alive, rather than making it a chore to search them out. Frequently, the context surrounding a new word will be sufficient to teach you the word's meaning, but keep a dictionary or computer handy, too. Finally, there definitely is SOME merit in doing exercises specifically to strengthen your vocabulary, like the suggestion you received about using index cards. The key is to do something with those words besides just "memorizing" them during the exercise. If you do not use those words in mature conversations or in expressing yourself through writing, they will be soon forgotten. I hope this discussion has been helpful. Good luck!
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