My vocabuilt learning style at the age of 21

G’day mate, how’z it goin? Today, I am going to talk about how I spectacularly boosted English vocabularies when I was 21-year-old. I am no longer learning vocabularies in that way, but this is going to be an excellent tip for English learners, especially beginners. So, please flick through my blog here. Let’s explain what I did at the age of 21.

1. I bought one of the thickest English-English dictionary called ‘Oxford Dictionary’ and I perused it from cover to cover ten times

It seems crazy, but this is exactly what I did at the age of 21. I have become sort of infatuated with English words, especially fancy words. I was a kind of logophile, and I still am. I forgot how much the dictionary was, but it wasn’t too expensive, so you should try to grab it. But, of course, there are heaps of useful and free online dictionaries out there, but nonetheless for those kickstarting learning the English language from scratch, obtaining a paper-based dictionary should still be recommended. Obviously the Oxford Dictionary contains more than 100,000 entries including phrases, idioms, slangs, maxims, etymologies, etc. It’s therefore a very voluminous one! In fact, I did go through ten times, if I remember correctly. The more you go through it, the more words you’ll be able to get used to, the more practical you are going to become.

2. You should jot down at least ten memorable word root learned from reading the dictionary day by day

Having read a couple of pages a day, what you should do is to note down at least ten memorable word root on your note. First of all, you just write them down.

3. You should draw an illustration of the word root learnt from the dictionary, which means that you try to visualise it even if it doesn’t make sense to strangers, instead it’s just for your memo

Don’t worry about how you are going to draw an illustration. It’s just your memo, ensuring it’s easy to understand to remember. For instance, if you learnt one of the word roots such as circum-, then you can describe something like the below:

In the light of undertaking this practice every day, it’s going to be easier for you to make full use of illustrations of the word roots that you’ve drawn. I usually recommend speaking rather than writing for boosting vocabularies, but for elementary learners, writing down on your note is a starting point of your vocabuilt learning.

By using the above illustration, you should write or speak a piece of a simple sentence

Use your simple grammar rules, and you try to write or speak sentences. When it comes to ‘circum’, you could say like “I won’t be able to attend the lecture because of personal circumstances.” Something like that. You don’t need to write or speak any complex sentence. The more complex you write or speak, the harder you’ll be able to get accustomed to the word root. After getting used to it, you want to try to show off more complex sentences and the effective use of fancy words in a correct manner.

Then, you should read it aloud and simultaneously record yourself, which is very beneficial and useful for boosting your vocabularies

Last but not least, when you are learning, it’s always important for English learners to read aloud and record your voice. Furthermore, recording your voice and using a voice recognition website such as Google Chrome Browser are very effective in analysing your pronunciation, oral fluency and grammatical accuracy. It will kill two birds with one stone! That is, not only are you able to boost your vocabularies, but you’re also be able to improve the enunciation of the 44 sounds of English pronunciation along with a certain extent of oral fluency.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not against the use of e-dictionary such as online dictionary, but this story is just my real past experience, so that’s not applicable to everyone. If you prefer a paper-based dictionary to e-based one, my method should be perfect for you!!

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

Have a lovely one!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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