Vocabulary is a nightmare for most people as the English language seems to have an infinitely large number of words and seems to throw new ones at you every now and then. So, in this small write-up, I have attempted to give you a few tips which would help you ace the vocabulary section.
First and foremost, you should buy a decent book on English vocabulary and start going through it at the rate of about three pages a day. Yes, it might seem a bit intimidating at first, but you have to sweat it out. Underline the words that you didn’t know existed and try and use them in your day-to-day conversations in the right context. By the end of the month you should have ideally completed the book, and believe me you will start making more sense of the literary world around you, you will understand more of what the erudite journalist in “The Hindu” is trying to express and the world will seem so much better.
Well, you must be wondering-“Ahaa! That sounded so easy!”, so here is the tough part-, “How do you remember those words?” The answer is simple, read, revise and re-revise!! Underline new words that you come across and find their meanings, the best way would be to download a dictionary and a thesaurus app on your mobile phones. It should become a habit to find the meaning of all the quirky words that you come across. This is pretty much what you need to improve your vocabulary in general, but from an examination point of view, the best way to learn new words is in groups. This will help in solving the synonyms question and also in facilitating the memorization of meanings. For example, the word “sad” can be replaced with desolate, melancholic, mournful, lugubrious, gloomy, pensive, dispirited, low in spirits, in doldrums, blue, morose, woeful, funereal, woebegone, doleful, sombre, morbid etc. and the list goes on and on. Learning these adjectives in groups and arranging them in the order of magnitude is the best exercise which would go a long way in increasing the range of your vocabulary. Make a notebook for this purpose so that you can add new words to the list. This list will also be of great help on the last few days before exams, when you are revising words in a jiffy.
Further, do a lot of practice questions as they would help you immensely in charting your progress. Last, but not the least, do not forget to flaunt your newly acquired, grandiloquent vocabulary skills 😉
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