How to Improve Your Word Power!

Written by Royane Real

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Should you try to learn new words directly from a dictionary? It depends on your learning style and your preference. Some people will become bored very quickly while reading a dictionary, while others will find it fascinating.

All dictionaries are not alike, and you may find a certain version far more useful thanrepparttar rest. Good dictionaries will do more than just give a definition of a word. Some will show you an example ofrepparttar 107928 word used in a sentence. Often they will show you alternate spellings, and giverepparttar 107929 plural forms of nouns andrepparttar 107930 past tense of verbs. Most dictionaries will show you correct pronunciation. Some will tell yourepparttar 107931 historical derivation ofrepparttar 107932 word. Many English words have their roots in ancient Anglo-Saxon, French, or German.

Language is always evolving and new words are being created every day. New words can come from technology, from scientific discoveries, from other languages, from pop culture, and fromrepparttar 107933 streets. When learning new vocabulary, you can better integrate it into your brain if you actively involve yourself inrepparttar 107934 learning process.

When you encounter a new word, write out a definition of it in your own words, and write one or more sentences usingrepparttar 107935 new word in context. Visualizerepparttar 107936 word in its printed form. Sayrepparttar 107937 word out loud, and spell it out loud. Say a sentence out loud that usesrepparttar 107938 new word. Make up an image in your mind that will help you rememberrepparttar 107939 word. If you makerepparttar 107940 image funny or bizarre, you will probably remember it better.

To improve your use of language and your ability to think, practice summarizingrepparttar 107941 theme of an entire article or book using just one or two paragraphs. After you have read an article or book, try writing out two different versions summarizing your ideas. Do one version using very simple, everyday words. Make it as clear and simple as you possibly can while still maintaining accuracy. Do another version that uses very complex sentences and advanced vocabulary, like you imagine a university professor might write.

This will give your brain a good work-out and increase your verbal and mental flexibility.

If you are committed to expanding your vocabulary, how many new words should you try to learn in a day? It’s up to you. Just two new words a day will add up to more than 7000 words in ten years. Ten words a day would add 36,000 words in ten years.

Once you have learned a lot of new words, should you work them into your conversation every chance you get? The kind of vocabulary you use should always be appropriate torepparttar 107942 context in which you are writing or speaking. For example, if you are speaking to a group of high school dropouts you may want to use different words than if you are speaking to a group of scientists.

Don’t use an impressive vocabulary merely as a means of showing off, always using big words when small ones would do. People can often intuitively feel when you are using fancy words merely for effect, and not because you need them to communicate.

But if your new vocabulary really has become a part of you and has a useful place in your writing and conversation, by all means, go ahead and use it!

Royane Real is the author of several self improvement books. This article is taken from her new book "How To Be Smarter - Use Your Brain to Learn Faster, Remember Better and Be More Creative" Get the paperback version, or download it at

Five Secrets to "Thinking on Your Feet"

Written by Ed Sykes

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* Allows you to take control ofrepparttar question by rephrasingrepparttar 107927 question to a more positive light if needed. * Enables everyone, if in a public setting, to hearrepparttar 107928 question. 4.Focus on One Main Point and Support It The number one reason why we sometimes freeze up when asked to think on our feet is because we have so many ideas running around in our minds. We don’t know which idea to mention. Here’srepparttar 107929 solution: Go withrepparttar 107930 first idea that comes to mind and say it. By sticking with that one point you can focus on two or three supporting points. You sound more direct and confident when giving your answer. 5.Summarize and Stop (SAS) End your answer with some SAS (Summarize and Stop). Give your answer, summarize, and stop. Don’t apologize and don’t ramble on beyondrepparttar 107931 finish. Try this trick: repeatrepparttar 107932 essence ofrepparttar 107933 question. For example, you may be asked, “Why did you stoprepparttar 107934 project?” In your summary you might say, “And that‘s why we decided to start another project.” Then stop.

Give your answer, let them knowrepparttar 107935 end is near by saying:

“In summary…” “In conclusion…”

Then simply stop. Remember SAS.

Apply these techniques so that you can become a master at “thinking on your feet” and give great answers. You can practice these skills by joining Toastmasters. In their meetings they have an exercise called “table topics,” in which you can practice this skill in a supportive environment

Ed Sykes is a professional speaker, author, and success coach in the areas of leadership, motivation, stress management, customer service, and team building. You can e-mail him at, or call him at (757) 427-7032. Go to his web site,, and signup for the newsletter, OnPoint, and receive the free ebook, "Empowerment and Stress Secrets for the Busy Professional."

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