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Today we will talk about vocabulary and if you are wondering if you have a good vocabulary or not here in this post you will find the answer to your question.
Look at four main symptoms and if they are true for you then chances are your English vocabulary is really good.
Your vocabulary level is awesome if …
1. … you can use new words in your speech
What do most students do? They make a long list of new words and start learning them by heart. Maybe it works for you. Maybe you like it. But for me… it does not work. If I learn a new word then I should also be able to use it in my speech – in my speaking and writing. If I cannot, then it means I do not know the word. If you can use a new word you have recently learned when you are speaking and/or writing then that it means you know that word.
Bottom line: be able to use the word you learn.
2. …you can create good example sentences
Now this is another most problematic area of students’ learning English process. Most of the time they learn new words and but when it comes to creating example sentences using them they only come up with simple sentences. For example, let’s take the word ‘access’ which means ‘a way or permission to something or somebody’. So most students do what? When the teacher asks ‘Karim can make an example using the word ‘access’, Karim says ‘I have access to the Internet’ or ‘I like access’, or ‘I don’t access to the Internet’. This shows Karim’s vocabulary and language range is very limited, poor or he is just not trying hard. Instead say ‘Many people around the world today have global access to the Internet and surf online’. This is a much better example now.
Bottom line: create great example sentences.
3. …you can catch already learned words in the media
Does this ever happen to you? You learn a new word and after a couple of days when you watch a movie or listen to music, radio show in English you suddenly catch that word? If you do, that’s really and really good. That means you are progressing as a language learner and even spotting the words when you do not even see but hear them. I will tell you … it is not easy. That’s why many students prefer watching movies in English with subtitles. If you recognize your new words when they are pronounced and not written, that means you have learned that word very well.
Bottom line: keep listening and watching a lot.
4. …you can add prefixes & suffixes to your words
If you just asked me what prefixes and suffixes are, that means your vocabulary is not good enough yet. Many students who boast about their vocabulary actually do not know many words in English. They know how to create new words from their already learned new words by adding prefixes and suffixes. OK, OK… let me explain you what the prefixes and suffixes are. A prefix is a small word you add to the base word, for example, the word disagree. Dis- is a prefix and the word agree is a base word. A suffix is a small word you add to the end of your base a word, for example, agreement. Ment- is a suffix and the word agree is the base word.
Bottom line: learn how to create words from already learned words.
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My name is Akmal. I’m an English language enthusiast, blogger, writer and entrepreneur. In addition to being the founder of English Club Pro I’m also a teacher of English with more than 10 years experience. I love helping aspiring English learners to master their English.
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