A lot of people feel self conscious of their English,. A great way to feel more confident and improve is to get a better vocabulary. Here’s some tips on how to improve your vocabulary:
- Read more
Reading is how most people develop their vocabulary. Try to challenge yourself by reading books that have some vocabulary you don’t understand. Even if you don’t remember the definition perfectly, you get a sense for how words are used and get a feel for them from context. Over time, you may begin to understand the words better. Books are written with more descriptive language than other forms of media, so reading is a great way to improve your vocabulary.
- Look Up Words
If you don’t understand a word, look it up. If you read in your Chrome browser, you can use an extension like Google Dictionary to make it easy to look up words, or if you use a reader like a Kindle, it might have a built in feature for you to click on a word to get the definition. After you look up a word, make sure you take a look at the context so you understand it in an example. Don’t worry if you don’t remember everything you look up; looking up words as a habit will get you better with the language over time.
- Play Language Games
There are a lot of great language games to play that may help you with your English. Find one that you enjoy and challenge yourself to learn new words from it (combining with looking up the words). For example, Boggle, Scrabble, and Crosswords are all great ways to practice your vocabulary.
- Learn Every Day
Learning vocabulary, like most things, is best done consistently. Try to learn a word every day with word of the day feeds or calendars. Once you learn every day for 21 days, it is baked into your daily life and you will constantly see improvements in your vocabulary.
Good luck on improving your vocabulary!