August 29, 2014

Improve Your English Vocabulary

You can build a large house if you have a lot of bricks. And you can use English more freely if you have a large vocabulary.


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Video transcript
Learning a language is like building a house. The bricks of that house are the vocabulary words. You can build a large house if you have a lot of bricks. And you can use English more freely if you have a large vocabulary.
I'm going to give you 7 tips for learning new words.

1. Look at the word and a photo or video that represents that word.

View photos or video of real people, real places, real things, and real activities. Cartoons can be helpful, but photos of real things and real people are even better. They are powerful; they may be emotional; they are great for helping you remember the words that you are learning.

2. Listen to the words.

Students learn better when they both see and hear. If you hear the word while you see the word and view a photo that represents the word, you are more likely to remember the word. And if you hear the word and learn the pronunciation, you will feel better about using that word when you speak.

3. See and hear the word in sentences and conversations.

Imagine that you learn the word taxi. And you want to talk about going to the airport in a taxi. Do you have a taxi, take a taxi, or do a taxi? You see or hear a sentence that says, "Sarah will take a taxi to the airport." Because you heard the word in a sentence or a conversation, you know how to use that word in a sentence.
Also, when you watch or listen to someone using the word in a sentence, that person's voice and facial expression shows the meaning too. For example, you might hear someone say, "The price on this sweater is outrageous." The voice and facial expression show that if something is outrageous, it is surprising and causes anger.

4. Speak the word out loud.

After you hear a new word, say it out loud. Use the word alone, and then use it in a sentence. Pronouncing the word out loud and using it in a sentence will help you remember it.

5. Use a dictionary for words that you do not know.

A dictionary says a lot about a word, including the pronunciation, the meaning, and example sentences.

6. Keep a notebook.

When you learn a new word, write it down. Next to the word, you can write down the meaning, an example sentence, and the translation in your own language. You can also draw a picture for the word.

7. Use the word in real conversations.

After you learn a new word, try to use it in a conversation as soon as possible. Is there a person in your life who encourages you to use English? Call or meet with that person and talk about the vocabulary words that you are learning.
Dictionaries are great. Vocabulary lists are great. But the best way to learn new words is to listen to them being used in real sentences so that you can speak them in real sentences.

  • Shampa Thakur

    Reading is good "Passive" way of improving vocabulary, but when you are resorting to making lists, that is "Active" method. Problem with active method of learning words is that it is cumbersome and boring, and you doing retain and unless you use it in writing sentences to apply the word, very little chance is that you increase your lexical size.

    Improve Your Vocabulary - VocabMonk is an active learning tool which is personalized and makes sure you grasp the learnt words by applying it. It is lot of fun too as you can play vocab challenges with your friends.

    Give it a shot!

  • ph soseeen

    first thank you very much it's very helpful but i need to know more about conversation with videos and i need to be perfict or nearly perfict in english in 19 days what to do thanks in advance

  • janilson

    Good! your point of view is very nice

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    it's very useful for me. thank you very much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/giovanna.scotti.1 Giovanna Scotti

    very very useful video!!! Thank you!

  • moham

    excellent

  • http://twitter.com/thiermou Thierno A DIALLO

    WONDERFUL

  • Nirmal Kumar

    wow it's really nice and usefull.....and i expecting more to develope my communication level plz help me

    • http://www.ontargetenglish.com OnTargetEnglish

      We invite you to browse our site, including our blog, to find additional English-learning resources.

  • Ramonnye

    Thanks, I'm going to see to it that I don't miss any of your lessons. I hope I said it right.....

    • http://www.ontargetenglish.com OnTargetEnglish

      Yes, Ramonnye. Perfect!

  • Xinia

    I like it

  • Pranab

    Yes it is very help full to learn new languages

  • http://www.facebook.com/reksons Rekson Sihombing

    just a little basic
    need more
    so we can understand not only the basic
    but also improve and dig it to our mind
    however I also say thanks to you efforts
    those make us knows it better than before

  • Dr Winnaingtun Sbo

    This is practiclly useful guide of studying English words.Thanks!

  • Majida arshad

    please send the tips of teacher interview

  • Majida arshad

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    again thanks

  • Shouri Yalamarthi

    It is very helpful for me ....  thanks a lot.... 

  • Paramjit Singla

    Thank you very much for provide this video. All the seven tips will really help me to improve English.

  • Pakiboy_kool

    Thank you so much. I am learning English the way you are teaching.

  • Dcjanilson

    Good! These tips you just gave us are useful in our learning process.
    God job
    janilson - Brazil

    • http://www.ontargetenglish.com OnTargetEnglish

      Thank you for watching. We hope that you enjoy all of the videos in this series.

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  • A Daguste

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    • http://www.ontargetenglish.com OnTargetEnglish

      I'm glad to hear that it was helpful.

  • Pamsingh_72

    she is really gud her way of teaching is so nice,thanx 4 giving useful tips

  • mrs.malik

    she speaks so politely. i like her way of teaching.
    many thanks.

  • Alz1691

    thanks!! 

  • kashan

    hey! thanks a lot for such a great help 
    i really like ur tips 

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    • http://www.ontargetenglish.com OnTargetEnglish

      You're welcome.

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  • Anonymous

    thanks for the video.......but there are so may new words to learn.......from where and how to stert to improve the vocabulary ?

    • http://www.ontargetenglish.com OnTargetEnglish

      Those are good questions. One of the suggestions is to keep a notebook. When
      you see or hear a new word, write it down in your notebook. You can write
      the translation next to it or the definition (from a dictionary). If you
      want to actively work on vocabulary, you can work through a picture
      dictionary such as the Oxford Picture Dictionary:
      http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/series/TheOxfordPictureDictionaryProgra/

  • justreal

    thank u 4 giving me the ways to improve my words. And my question is; what the best dictionary should I use?

    • http://www.ontargetenglish.com OnTargetEnglish

      The Longman English Dictionary is a great one. You can access it online
      here: http://www.ldoceonline.com/

  • Vitcheka

    Hi! I'm Vitcheka.
    Thank you very much for your free video download and many ways how to learning English.

  • http://facebook sally

    Iam relly appreciated
    I have aquestion how can i learn the symbols of pronunciation in the dictionary?

    • OnTargetEnglish

      About.com has a helpful guide to phonetic symbols.

  • doaa

    It's great thank you so much I do this when i listen new words

  • HAMID

    IT'S HLPFUL TO UNDERSTAND , THANK'S TOO MUCH

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    It´s helpful in teaching, thank u very much.

  • http://TargetEnglish.com Aziz

    It's very helpful . thanks a lot

    • OnTargetEnglish

      You're welcome.

  • ashmitha

    nice to hear!&very clear to understood

  • prof.volam

    What a good help!

    • admin

      We're glad that you found the video to be helpful.