A rich and extensive vocabulary boosts your chances to do well in the PTE exam. It plays an instrumental role in helping you obtain good score across all bands: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening. Moreover, a good lexical range makes your writing and speaking more powerful in personal and professional arenas as well.
Working to hone your vocabulary essentially needs to be part of your PTE preparation plan. Majority of PTE students start vocabulary building process but often have a complain about not being able to remember new words for a long time. Well, we will discuss about that towards the end of the post, but before that, get a load of this post for some amazingly useful tips to expand your vocabulary.
Why enjoying the vocabulary building process is important? Let’s be honest. Vocabulary building is not a one day affair and it takes time, perseverance and passion for it. If you thrust the process upon yourself, it will barely fetch good results for you. Be welcoming to the obtuseness of new words and get the ball rolling !
Buy a dictionary and a thesaurus. There are plethora of good thesaurus and dictionary apps available on Google Play and Apple store as well. While dictionary will help you get to know the meaning of every new word you stumble upon, thesaurus will help you with the synonyms and antonyms of the word. Not to say that you are expected to memorize all of them, but you can pick the best 2 or 3 that got your attention.
If you are not already ! Read voraciously on topics that interest you, whether it’s travel, food, technology, science, fiction, drama, sports or literature. The more you read, the more words you will be exposed to and help you understand the context they have been used in. You can read novels, ebooks, blogs or magazines of your choice.
Again, reeling off books or magazines are not going to do any good, unless you read with undivided attention and understand the context of the words, phrases and idioms.
Besides reading, you can also subscribe to a word a day. There are a myriad of vocabulary building websites that deliver a word a day right into your inbox. Merriam Webster is one such website to start with.
Nothing beats learning with fun, right? You can play vocabulary games available on the internet and add new words to your vocabulary.
If you also find it difficult to remember new words for a long time, know that you are not alone.
Have you ever wondered what makes it so difficult? Our brain automatically washes off the information it deems unnecessary and hence it is very important for us to revisit new words we have learned over a period of time. But how to do that? Let me share a tip that worked for me and I am sure will work wonders for you too.
Highlight new words or make a note of them in a notepad. One of the best ways to remember newly learned words is to use them in a short sentence and making a note of them. Using them contextually in a short sentence (even better if it is on your favorite topic) will create an image of the word in a way that’s chosen by you. Revisiting the list of these words with short sentences written next to them at the end of the week will boost your chances of remembering that word for a long time.
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