Here are 9 Awesome Tactics You Must Know if You Want to Learn New Words Fast. 99 % People Don't Use Them
Many students ask how they can learn new words in English. Today I decided to come up with some ideas.
If you are one of those people who have problems with new words, this article is just for you. Do you spend a lot of time trying to learn new words and see little or almost no results? Hehehehehehee… you are probably doing many things wrong.
Let’s go and see what I got to say.
1. Know the silent letters
Do you know a lot of words in English have silent letters? For example, when you see the word “know” you should pronounce it without the first letter ‘k’ as ‘nou’. The words with silent letters include:
2. Know the silent sounds
We also have words with silent sounds where the vowel sound is not pronounced. These words include:
3. Guess the meaning
Also, develop a skill of guessing the words from the context. The words before and after the unknown word will help you do this. If you know how to guess the meaning of the words you will save a lot of your time, nerves and enjoy reading and learning process.
For example, let’s see this sentence from My English Pages as an example:
“He was disrespectful towards other members. That’s why he was sent off and penalized.” Source.
Now imagine you don’t know the word ‘penalized’. In this case, just assume that something bad happened to the person who was disrespectful towards the other members. That’s why he was sent off and penalized (punished).
Or let’s see another example:
“Trojan is an example of a computer virus”
If you don’t know the word ‘Trojan’, then you can guess logically that it is a type of computer virus. Easy … right?
4. Know the form
Also, know the form of the word you are learning. A lot of students don’t care if the word is an adjective, adverb, verb or noun. They just keep learning blindly and then say they can’t use the new words they learn. Now if you don’t know what the adjective, adverb, verb and noun is, let me explain you.
What is an adjective?
What is an adverb?
What is a verb?
What is a noun?
All these definitions are taken from Cambridge Dictionary Online
5. Know the spelling
Pay attention how the words are pronounced and how they are actually written. English spelling is tricky and many students have big problems with a spelling of the words. Find out 5 words you should start spelling correctly and don’t let this commonly misspelled words trip you up.
6. Know how the word is used
Also, know how a new word you are trying to learn is used. Here are the top 6 questions you should ask yourself when learning new words:
If you know the synonyms of the word you are trying to learn you will speak and write in English more beautifully. This is because you will not be repeating one word over and over again. If you know the antonyms of the words it will help you to better remember the word.
What is a synonym?
What is an antonym?
A lot of words in English language have their own partners. Or shall I say they have their husbands and wives? They are always together whenever they are used. They are usually called compound nouns.
Here is the list of compound nouns we have taken from Edu Find.
Just imagine you can create new words all by yourself. Have you ever played Lego where you take small little bricks and build whatever you wish to build? Same can be done with words if you know the suffixes and prefixes. How?
Let’s analyze below:
What are the suffixes?
What are the prefixes?
about the author
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. Like English Club Pro on Facebook.