A Vocabulary of Words

lightstock_322583_download_medium_angela_There are over a million words in the English language yet the average adult only knows between 10,000 and 20,000 words. However, that number can vary slightly depending on life experience. For my purpose, those numbers do just fine.

There is a vast number of words that could be learned. Just think of the ability to describe the sunset which is before us with more than, “I saw a beautiful sunset.” The options are limitless.

You could describe the scene before you like this:

“I stood on the ecru sand and gazed assiduously at the evanescent sun.”

Do you know all of those words? Doesn’t it sound so poetic? That is an example of the importance of a large vocabulary.

The ability to communicate in writing is based on one’s ability to wield the English language with precision and skill. This requires a large and growing vocabulary.

For most of us, there are so many new words we could learn. How should we go about learning those new words? The answer is simple. Read, read, read. I did say it was simplistic, didn’t I?

While you are reading, keep a pencil in hand and when you come across a word you don’t know underline it. You might be able to determine the definition of the word by reading the context in which it was used, but if not, use a dictionary and look it up.

If you want to increase your vocabulary I also encourage you to make it your goal to learn a new word every day. You can use those unknown words from the books you are reading or you can create a list from another source. Either way, it is worth the effort to increase you vocabulary. Make flash cards of the words so you can review them.

Never stop learning and growing as a person and expanding your vocabulary is an excellent way to do just that.

Be sure to read the rest in this three part series on Words!

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