Hello! If it’s your first time here – I’m Rebecca Radd; I write stuff and I also write about writing stuff. I hope it’s not going to be your last time on this blog!
Vocabulary is very important for me not only as a writer but also as a person. I consider it essential to be able to have conversations on various subjects and to be able to express yourself in a clear way. Also, being educated is a plus. I don’t refer to being snobbish, but come on! Aren’t you impressed when someone uses less “daily life” words? (If the context of the meeting allows it, of course.) Or, you know, when as a non-(insert a language here) speaker one has a way with words?
Well, that’s not the point of this blog post. You’re here because you want to find out a method to enrich your vocabulary – which, regardless of your reasons, is a great thing.
Life is like a rollercoaster. Nowadays, time doesn’t “fly”; it is on fast forward. Twenty-four are definitely not enough for all you have to go. You can’t afford to waste precious seconds on learning words. Don’t worry, I got your back covered!
The problem is that when we want to do something (e.g. learn new words or phrases) we exaggerate, which results in us being burnout. That’s why I suggest you a different approach, which is sure to have fantastic results! Now, bear in mind it’s a long-term commitment and that it won’t make you a walking dictionary overnight.
It’s ridiculously easy!
You have a calendar, don’t you? Perfect. You’ll need a pen and few free minutes. Just look up for idioms, expressions, or words you really want to learn. Don’t select more than twelve! With a nicely coloured pen, you are going to write an expression for each month. Obviously, all you have to do now is to learn it when the time comes. You can memorise one a month! What’s funny is that you don’t feel like “learning.” Of course, I suggest you try to use it during that month, but since it’s only one expression, it won’t be hard.
Don’t despair! That’s not my only advice!
You’re intelligent. Because of that, you’re going to tell me “But I want to learn more than one phrase. That’s insignificant!” My response? “I love your attitude!”
You know those sites or apps that send you the “word of the day” – they are very good in case you think you have the time and the patience to learn a word daily. But if you’re like me, you probably have so many thoughts on your mind that it’s just impossible. And you don’t even get to use all the words you learn! (So you begin to think it is pointless stressing yourself with this.)
But if you still want to learn some words, you can use one of the following two schedules:
- Learn a new word every two weeks
- Learn a new word every single week
Chances are that the opportunity to use that specific word will arise during your week and not only will you short-term memorise it but actually know it in the future. You can choose your word however you like: opening a dictionary at a random page, surfing the web, or looking up synonyms for words you already know. Since English is not my mother tongue, I tend to go with the latter; however, it’s up to you. Try and see what works for you best.
I hope you find this article hopeful! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
I like good strong words that mean something…
― Louisa May Alcott