In this post I share an unusual technique to improve your vocabulary and grammar.
It’s a very simple technique, but it works for me.
It’s not a method that uses flashcards, which don’t really work for me.
Instead, I use a combination of writing and listening.
The goal is to expose myself to words that are frequently used in conversation.
I’m using this technique because I have limited time, and I want to make the most of it.
STEP 1: Start With a Word List
The first step is to create a word list. This can be done by looking up common words in the dictionary or by taking a class.
My favorite online resource is the Oxford Dictionary.
STEP 2: Choose the Right List
You’ll need to choose which word list to use. For me, I like the Oxford Word Power, and I use it whenever I’m learning a new language. It has a lot of words from the most commonly used parts of speech, and they also have a number of words sorted alphabetically.
I’m sure there are better word lists out there, but this is the one I use.
STEP 3: Write
Once you’ve chosen your list, start writing.
Write every day. Even if you only write for 5 minutes, that’s better than nothing.
You could also try writing for longer periods.
I prefer to write for 15-20 minutes a day, but if you find that hard to stick to, it’s OK to write for shorter amounts of time.
The important thing is to just write, and don’t worry about grammar or syntax.
STEP 4: Listen
While you’re writing, listen to some spoken English.
There are a lot of resources available online.
I use a combination of Youtube videos, TED talks, podcasts, and written English.
As I mentioned before, I use the Oxford Dictionary for listening.
It’s a great resource because it has audio files, so you can listen to the words without reading the definitions.
I also use the Oxford Learner’s English Dictionary, which allows you to click on the audio files to hear the word.
These two resources are particularly helpful because they give you instant feedback. If you get stuck on a word, you can simply listen to the audio file again and again until you understand what you’re hearing.
STEP 5: Read
After listening to a word, go back and read the definition.
Again, the Oxford Dictionary is a great resource because it gives you a definition with audio.
STEP 6: Repeat
Repeat Step 4 and Step 5 over and over again.
Keep repeating this process until you understand the meaning of the word.
I hope this method helps you get a better grasp of your English vocabulary.