James (@ilooklikeawaterbottle) 9 years, 6 months ago

I have recently, in the last few months or so, realized that my vocabulary is small. A large vocabulary is not something I NEED, i have to say i am doing quite well for my self and have no trouble communicating with people. I WANT a larger vocabulary in order to be able to express my feelings and thoughts “better”. I really want to improve my writing skills. For a few weeks now, i have been making flash cards at the start of the week, about ten cards, with new words, words i don’t know the meaning of, and memorize them and learn to use them in sentences. Its definitely going well.

I just wanted to see if anyone has had personal experience with their vocabulary, or grammar, writing skills, or anything related. Any tips or Advice? Success Stories?

I know reading anything is a big help, and in the past year I have fallen in love with books, so i am well on my way. Today i am starting “the elegance of the hedgehog” thanks to a recommendation by a fellow HEdon. I think its going to be a very entertaining read

June 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Cody (472) (@versai) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I read a lot online these days as I scour forums and articles that interest me. If there’s ever a word that I don’t understand, chrome lets my highlight and right click>google it. I have a lot of fun learning the definitions cause it helps me understand the original context so much more, and more about the person who wrote it. Sometimes if the word has a good wikipedia page I can get lost for hours clicking from jargon to jargon, branching into a broad definition of that new topic.

By the end of the day I normally have a handful of interesting topics that I share with my roomies and it gives me the chance to use the words in my own sentences. They’re usually intrigued and the circle is complete.

Anonymous (251) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Read more, write more. My vocabulary isn’t the best, but it’s always getting better, the more I read and write. Whenever I see a word or phrase I’m unsure of I learn it.

What are people opinions on swearing? I must admit to swearing rather a lot when speaking. Some people say it shows signs of a small vocabulary. I don’t think so. They’re just words, and I’m using them.

James (100) (@ilooklikeawaterbottle) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@siantastic, Swearing is just a way to express your feelings; happy, excited, mad. There is nothing wrong with it. My main advice is be careful who you swear around, some people will immediately judge you for swearing during a casual conversation. However, i don’t care too much for anyone who is going to be quick to judge me.

In my opinion, kids, high schoolers and younger, should not be around adults that are swearing. There going to learn those word eventually, you just dont want to be the perosn that taught them that, teach them something awesome!

Chris (12) (@vulpes) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

My advise is the same as siantastic’s, read more. You pick up a massive amount of vocabulary if you read and pay attention to the words. I also recommend trying to actually use the words you’ve learned in everyday conversation, I managed to use “lucifugous” the other day, I’m rather proud of that.

@siantastic I think swearing is okay as long as you only use it for emphasis. There comes a point where words lose their power if used too often.

The_truth_is_ (91) (@sirensetmefree) 9 years, 6 months ago ago


One thing I’ve always done is that I just pick a word, learn the definition, and try my hardest to use it in conversation at some point. If I want to remember a phrase that sounds cool, like a long time ago I came up with the phrase “destructive indecision,” I just was like, “I’m going to start a conversation with someone, and find a way to leading the conversation until I can use that word. I feel so proud of myself when I pull it off that it becomes impossible to forget the phrase or the word/meaning of the word that I used.

I find that flashcards can teach you the definition of a word, but you won’t use it, because that’s not what you did. You just attached a word and a length of words (definition) and shoved it in a box somewhere in your brain.

Use it or lose it, bro. lol

Anonymous (251) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@vulpes, That does tend to be what I use it for, perhaps just a little too much. I’m aware I need to cut back a little.

@ilooklikeawaterbottle, Oh absolutely. I never swear at work, so when I see friends outside of work they are often surprised. And I’m not comfortable with swearing in public, where anyone can overhear me. I know what you’re saying about people being quick to judge too, but I guess at the end of the day it’s not necessary so I don’t feel the need to prove a point about it.

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