How to increase your Vocabulary

Let’s look at some of the many different ways of how to increase your vocabulary. No one wants to be the person on stage who can only communicate with words like great, incredible, and really great. Okay let’s not go THERE.

Tips and Tricks

According to Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. there are at least seven ways to learn how to increase your vocabulary.  They are to read as much as you can. Not just from one type of source either, but read novels, magazines, newspapers, and literary works.  You will find yourself exposed to new words. If you don’t know the word, look it up in a dictionary.

  1. Keep a Dictionary or Thesaurus nearby. First look up a word that is new to you in the dictionary, then look it up in the thesaurus to learn similar words, and words that are the opposite of the new word.
  2. Keep a journal of new words.  Increasing your vocabulary is like any other skill you want to improve, it takes effort.  It is nice, especially if you are feeling discouraged to look over the list of new words and see how many you have learned, and how many you have incorporated into your daily communication.
  3. Learn a word a day through a calendar or a website.
  4. Study Latin and Greek. Okay this one sounds daunting to me, but you will learn about the origins of many English words if you are brave.
  5. Play some word games.  This one is my favorite. I love a game of Words with Friends, Scrabble, or any of the word games on Lumosity, and Peak.  Crossword puzzles will expand your learning in many different areas, including your vocabulary.

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6. Speak with other people, have a conversation. It’s a wonderful way to expand not just your vocabulary but your mind set.  Plus you could change your life by gaining a new friend, or business associate

7. Make and use flashcards with new words and their definition and place them around your home.  When you have a moment, such as while brushing your teeth, study some words.  It can’t hurt, and it just may help you.

8. Write more as it gives you the perfect chance to take your increasing vocabulary out for a spin.  Write thank you notes, or cards, or start a blog.

Have a look at my other article “Can I improve my spelling”

These are a few simple ideas, (except the Latin and Greek) to improve and learn how to increase your vocabulary.  Let me know which ones you like the best, and which ones you have tried by leaving a comment.


13 thoughts on “How to increase your Vocabulary

  1. I’m constantly trying to expand my vocabulary and found reading a mixture of books with on hand has helped. I love the idea to learn latin and makes total sense. I have a greek friend who is constantly telling me where certain greek words come from and their meaning. It’s amazing.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Studying Greek and Latin is certainly one I haven’t used before! But taking into consideration that most words in in the English language do derive from Greek and Latin roots, it makes perfect sense! Thanks for the tips!

  3. I never knew that Greek has origins of many English words. I already know something about Greek alphabet I think that can be an interesting challenge.

  4. Hi Bill. Great tips! Another tip that I think runs hand in hand with your read as much as possible is to read on a Kindle. My kindle has a dictionary built right into it so I can quickly look up and bookmark words that I don’t know and come back to them for review purposes. Just as you recommend, just all housed in one place! Thought it might be good to call it out for your readers.

  5. Very good incorporation of Wealthy Affiliate! You’ve got some awesome advice in here. I can vouch for the latin aspect, for I have taken it. It has assisted me in understanding culture and has DEFINITELY risen my levels of vocabulary 🙂 Thanks for writing this post!!

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