Studies have proven that knowing a foreign language strengthens the functional structure of the brain and memory. English is a language with many words. Most English words can be replaced with alternative words. How can we learn all these words that have different meanings? Of course, learning new vocabulary every day. Learning is the life long process to consume any knowledge. English language and English vocabulary are not different. However, if you are learning another language, this process can be harder than learning another subject in your own language.
Although it may seem difficult to learn English words, I believe it is not as difficult as you think to learn it with the appropriate method. When you start learning new English words and start using them while speaking, you will realize how enjoyable it is. You will notice that your English speaking and writing skills improve as you learn new words. Trust me. Learning a new language is equal to learning new vocabularies. If you know enough vocabulary, your writing and speaking ability will increase day by day.
How can we learn new words in English? How can we increase our English vocabulary?
Many of us read, write and try to speak with our current English vocabulary. We should increase our vocabulary so that we can express ourselves better, especially when speaking. I do not say that you have to know all English words. I just say that you need enough English words to communicate with people.
The strongest way to learn new English words is reading. Reading is the most important part of building new vocabulary.
Get into the habit of reading English regularly:
Read all the English reading resources you can find. English resources you can read can be books, articles, blogs, newspapers and magazines. You can go to the library regularly every week and borrow books that match your interests. If you regularly read a book every week, I am sure you will have a rich vocabulary. As soon as you come across a new word, write it down and search the dictionary for what it means. If your native language is not English, this habit will also help you learn everyday vocabulary while chatting with people.
That’s why reading is the first step to building a good vocabulary. If you do not find any English language books, you can visit some English news websites to consume their content. There are millions of web pages that are language in English. You can search on Google or other search engine tools and find them.
Reading the book fast first :
First of all, read the article and try to understand what it means in general. Don’t worry about the details on the first reading. You will then take time for the details. Information about the places you do not understand can be found in the rest of the article. Most new learners make this mistake. You should not try to understand the article word by word. You just need to keep reading.
Reading the book in more detail :
As a result of speed reading, you now have a general knowledge of the text. Now it’s time to read in more detail. You should read each paragraph carefully and make sure you can understand the main idea of the article. If you come across a word that you do not know the meaning of while reading, underline the word and do not stop reading. Because you can understand what it means in the following parts of the article.
You will understand the words when you spend some time reading the article.
Look again at words you don’t know :
Try to find out what the words you have underlined mean. It will be easier to guess the meaning of the word because you have read the article earlier. If you can’t find the meaning of the word, you can try to find synonyms that have the same meaning. Guessing the meaning of unknown words from the context is important. Because it helps you read faster and improves your skills, you need to read in English when you don’t have a dictionary.
You will understand the meaning of a word after you read the next paragraph. This is a very common issue for new learners.
Use The Dictionary :
You can check the meaning of the words you underline while reading and try to guess the meaning from the dictionary. Write down these words you have checked from the dictionary. You may need to use it again later. When we read an English book, we need English vocabulary to understand what we are reading. We can learn English words that we do not know by guessing their meanings in sentences. Or we can learn the meanings of English words by searching the dictionary. It can be a paper dictionary or an online dictionary. It doesn’t matter.
When you use a dictionary, you will learn the meaning of the word. After that, take your note and use this word in different sentences. Please do that. If you are reading this article, please do what we are saying to you. Finding the meaning of the word and writing it in a different sentence will help you to improve your English.
Read It Last Time :
Now you know the meaning of the words in the article and you should read it one last time. You should also remember in which meanings the words are used. You may also need it in the articles you will read later.
You realized the words you don’t understand. You found them in the dictionary and wrote them in different sentences. And then you read your article one more time.
As a result, this method is necessary to increase your vocabulary. You don’t need to read that way all the time. It will not be a practical method when you are going to read a long book. Reading it twice will suffice. It would be helpful for you to try to guess the meaning of the word before looking in the dictionary.
Now all you need to improve your vocabulary is to do English reading exercises according to these tips.