Building Good Vocabulary

Are you amongst those who struggle with the English section in competitive exams? Is dealing with areas such as vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms, grammar etc not your cup of tea!

If your answer to any of the above questions is ‘yes’, then this article is all about what you need. Simple tips and tricks in this article will surely help you face the English section in the upcoming competitive exams with confidence.

  • Read, read and read! – The most effective way to strengthen your command over any language is by reading the literature of that language as much possible. Such an exercise will surely help you come across tons of new words each time you sit to read. Without having to specifically cram up the meaning of words, you will be able to understand the meaning of the word by way of its usage. This will not only make learning new words easy but enjoyable too. Reading will not only help you build your vocabulary, but will also help you strengthen your grammar by way of learning the right usage of various components in English language.
  • Look out for the roots – Understanding the root of the word enables to quickly grasp the meaning of the word without having to look out for its meaning in the dictionary.  A lot of words in English language have been derived from Latin and Greek roots. For instance “bene” is a word from the Latin origin which means good or well. Therefore when looking out for words such as benevolent, beneficent etc, we will instantly know that it has something to do with goodness or wellness. Understanding the roots not only make learning new words easier, but also makes English language a lot more interesting and fun to learn.
  • Learn prefixes and suffixes- A study has shown that learning a set of 20 prefixes and 14 roots can help one understand meaning of over 1,00,000 words. And a related study shows that a set of 29 prefixes and 25 roots will help unlock meanings of over 1,25,000 words. Astounding but true! A simple prefix and a suffix can help you understand the meaning of numerous words related to it. For instance, most of us know that “anti” means “against”. Therefore when “anti” is used in words such as antisocial, antibacterial, antifreeze etc, we can easily comprehend that it is related with concepts such as someone who is against being social, a substance that helps kill or is against bacteria and a substance that prevents freezing, respectively. Isn’t learning words this way cool!
  • Keep your dictionary handy! – Whenever you come across new words, quickly refer to your dictionary. This will help you quickly grasp the meaning of the word, along with its roots, prefixes/suffixes if any and phonetics, so that you can frequently use the word again and internalize it for futurity.

We hope that we have helped in making the process of learning new words a lot more interesting and fun for all of you!

 

Building Good Vocabulary
Building Good Vocabulary - By : | Date Published : 27-08-2014 | Category : Improve English |
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Are you amongst those who struggle with the English section in competitive exams? Is dealing with areas such as vocabulary, synonyms, anto

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