Learning is a never-ending journey. Language is one of the most powerful tools that anyone can have. To perfect your communication skills and take your career to the next level, you will want to work hard on your language. One challenge to language mastery is vocabulary. With enough vocabulary, your communication will become more vivid and influential.
Many people seem to be satisfied with their vocabulary just the way it is. They do nothing to expand it. That is a serious mistake that you should avoid at all costs. Look at the most influential people in the world, in business and everywhere, they all have large vocabularies and they always get their message across and affect other people with what they say.
It is obvious that vocabulary by itself is not enough to make you an influential communicator and speaker. But combined with other skills and training, it can get you a long way ahead of the crowd. Below are a few tips to help you build a larger vocabulary.
Voracious reading is inevitable for anyone who would like to expand their vocabulary. Many people stop reading frequently enough after they leave school. Put a reading regimen in place to make this task part of your daily routine. Set a specific goal such as reading one book every week. You could even start by consistently reading the newspaper every day. Start small and grow from there. Reading magazines and newspapers will help you build a larger vocabulary and keep you updated on what’s happening around you.
This kind of reading, however, is not enough for the ambitious person. You should high literature books to the mix such as novels, poems, short stories, etc. Look for the classics and read some of them. In the literature domain, you will find fiction and non-fiction. Read books in both genres. Books from different subjects will help you build a well-rounded general knowledge.
These days, there is an overwhelming amount of content published online that can be read for free. Look out for blogs that you find interesting and read their posts regularly. Just because you want to have a wider vocabulary, you do not have to be on hunt for difficult and exotic words that are rarely used. In the first stages, at least, you want to learn new words that are commonly used. This gives you the satisfaction that you are learning something practical and of some use. Memorizing old-fashioned and obsolete words may feel boring, especially if you never encounter those items again. They will end up getting forgotten.
As you plow through texts and books, you will encounter some non-familiar words. You will feel tempted to check every new word. If there are many such words in the text, you could quickly get tired of hopping back and forth between the text and your dictionary. If you do this too often, you may even lose the whole point of the reading material. To avoid this problem, do not check every non-familiar word that you come across, especially if there are plenty of them. If the word you skipped is in common use, you will certainly encounter it again and have a chance to look it up.