However, when you don’t have the right word to express yourself, you’ve lost an opportunity to communicate, irrespective of whether everybody thought it cool, uncool or otherwise.
Vocabulary helps you make a point crisply and accurately. It has been acknowledged as a desirable competency for a while – you’ll find all manner of competitive exams demanding to assess your vocabulary level, and many people memorizing endless word lists in an attempt to widen their vocabulary.
Our observations on vocabulary building (seems to work for any language):
Don’t see words in isolation. Understand how they are used and what roots they come from – helps establish patterns.
Keep it personal. Pick topics and words that make sense to your life and start from there.
Read. Read. Read. Anything will do – even film posters and leaflets.
Listen. Listen. Listen. The TV, other speakers, audio books, songs…
Make your own sentences. The old primary school exercise is perfect to get going with using words on your own.
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