Improve Your Vocabulary | Study Tips | Grow your Vocabulary

Improve Your Vocabulary | Study Tips | Grow your Vocabulary


Hello my Socratica friends! We’re here to help you be a great student. Today we’re going to talk about how to improve
your vocabulary. Building your vocabulary is essential if you
want to communicate your ideas effectively. It will help you write better papers, do better
on tests, and even improve your thinking overall. If you can perfectly describe a problem, you
are that much closer to solving it. The best place to improve your vocabulary
is right here, in the library. All the words you could ever dream of using
are found in these books. As a student, you read textbooks, but be sure
to read for pleasure as well. Read widely, read deep. Read that entire series of vampire novels! Read a fashion magazine! Read the back of your cereal box! When you’re reading and you come across
a word you don’t know, don’t ignore it. Underline it. This is your big chance! You may be able to figure out the gist of
what it means from the context. But you may not have deduced the EXACT meaning
of the word. And lots of times, a word has more than one
meaning. That’s why you should look up these unfamiliar
words in a dictionary. Don’t let it interrupt your reading – unless
you REALLY can’t guess the meaning of a word from the context, in which case, go ahead
and pick up that dictionary. Otherwise, save up all your unknown words
for when you’re finished reading that passage or that chapter. Find your unknown word in the dictionary,
read the definitions, and read the sample sentences. If you’re reading something technical, your
book may have a glossary at the end, which is a short dictionary of specialized terms
used in that field. You can use online dictionaries, but it’s
nice to have an actual dictionary that you can make notes in. I like to highlight the word I’m looking
up. That way, if I ever find myself looking up
a word more than once, I know I need to do a little bit more to follow up, so I don’t
forget that word again. Just reading a definition once in a dictionary
probably won’t be enough. So what can you do to really master the words
you look up? Some people like to keep a word journal, and
write down in a notebook all the words they look up with brief definitions. I like to use flashcards instead. I put one word on each card, and that way
they can be shuffled and reviewed, and put into different piles as I master the words. If I make a list instead, I’m stuck with
just reading the whole list over and over, and it’s not as effective for me. Make sure your definitions are vivid so you
can easily remember them. For example, this word tarantism means “an
uncontrollable urge to dance.” That reminds me of the tarantella, and a tarantula
dancing! For extra credit, I recommend also looking
up your word in a thesaurus. That’s where you’ll find synonyms, words
that mean the same, and antonyms, words that mean the opposite. Careful, because there are often nuances in
the meanings of these words. One word will make more sense in certain contexts
compared to another. But it will help you create a kind of “word
cloud” of related words. That will help you recall these words a lot
better than if you had to remember them individually. Another way to improve your vocabulary is
to focus on word roots. If you learn some basic word roots in Latin
and Greek, as well as some prefixes and suffixes, you can decipher many words. I know, that sounds intimidating – you’re
trying to learn English and now I’m telling you to learn Greek AND Latin as well. You don’t have to learn ALL of Greek and
Latin, just the parts that were stolen by English! For example, you can break down the word translucent
into two parts, trans and lucent. Trans means through in Latin (like…transit),
and Lucent comes from lucere, which means means to shine in Latin. We use the word translucent to refer to anything
that light can shine through. Prefixes and suffixes are really useful here. The Pre in prefix means before – and it refers
to the part of the word that comes before the root. “Precede” means to go before. Ante (with an e) also means before. For example, antediluvian means before the
flood. Antebellum means before the civil war (before
the big fight). Post means after. Like Post script (PS) means what you write
AFTER the main part of your letter. peri means around. Periscope is something you use to look around. The Perimeter is the line you can draw AROUND
the border. And finally – don’t forget the power of
gamification. There are so many word games out there – from
the old standbys like Scrabble or crossword puzzles, to games you can play on your phone. These all help you be more aware of all the
words out there, just waiting for you to use them. Remember, having a great vocabulary is an
important part of being a GREAT student. Hello again, my Socratica Friends! We’re here to help you be a great student…by
making you some great educational videos! This is a real labor of love for the Socratica
Team. We spend ALL our time researching, writing,
filming, and editing our videos. In fact, there aren’t enough hours in the
day to do it all. How can you help? You can support our work on Patreon. This is NOT an obligation. Our videos will always be free on YouTube
for everyone to watch. So if times are tight, don’t send money! You can still help us by watching our videos
all the way to the end, and then sharing them on Twitter…Reddit…tell ALL of your friends! If our work is valuable to you, please help
us continue. Thank you!

98 comments / Add your comment below

  1. As always, a perfect explanation. Tank you.
    I have a question regarding archaic or abandoned words in English. I would like to know are there any rules/approaches to recognize archaic/losing its actuality words in English.
    If the question has its answer it would be great to make some video for it.
    Thanks in advance

  2. Love your work socratica. Your videos are clear, precise and flawless. I've always enjoyed your videos and your efforts actually helping me a lot in my school life. So thanking socratica team and May the team shine😊

  3. There is no channel I would rather support on patreon than this. When I can I certainly will, and I hope many more will do the same.

  4. The first tip (read EVERYTHING) sounds good but actually is – a bad one. You'd be surprise that there are a lot of bad bad books/papers/news in the wild, not to mention the environments/cultures. I'd suggest to pick one or few topics that you really liked and goes from there.

  5. Vocabulary.com is also a GREAT way to expand your vocabulary. It combines dictionary, etymology, and thesaurus into a game system to track which words you're willing to learn and which words you currently struggle with. It's also available as a mobile app, though not free (but cheap and it is one-time purchase).

  6. This channel should be so much bigger but not everyone is an intellectual. They're probably watching cats, I guess nothing is wrong with that either.

  7. Please recommend a book, I bought one (everything's eventual) but it's for advanced readers there are a lot of words that I can't understand, I tried read it and search for each word but they are many. Nice videos. You have a new fan

  8. Have you ever tried to get into voiceover work for animation, radio, or even audiobooks?

    You have a very pleasant and calming tone to your voice. Additionally you have great articulation, I can visualize (or in this case imagine hearing you) doing well in anime. I think you would have the patience to dub anime.

    Just a thought, great video by the way. I always look forward to the English and science portions of your videos, not so much math due to it being my least favorite and worst subject.

  9. Thank you for the useful content.

    I've been learning English for 7 months from scratch and what I've realized while learning is that the most difficult part I always struggle with is vocabulary. Honestly, I'm desperate. I don't know what to do in order to improve, enhance a range of words. My room is just literally labeled with English related stuff. Though, it doesn't seem to help a lot. I've been thinking about using these proverbial flash cards for a while… And now I'm gonna give it a try. But, probably, the main reason for my failures is that I'm just not cut out for languages. The dot.

  10. Thanks mam your videos are short crisp and full on concept .I wonder where i had been all these days , just came across this awesome channel 2 days before ,and i could not resist myself from appreciating it .Hope to have more of it in future.

  11. Ablacım! Söylediklerinin ingilizce metnini açıklamaya ekler misin? Google translate ile çeviririm ben onu. Ps. Yanıt bekliyorum

  12. Wow, nice video! I like to learn new words because it helps me do my job better (I do lots of technical writing). In addition to some of the techniques presented in the video, I practice two more word-learning habits. First, I use a Chrome add-on that lets me double click on a word to see its definition (its called google dictionary, I think). Second, to help me remember a new word, I use it in a few practice sentences. Hope that helps others too.

  13. Liliana, I would love to see a lesson how I learn faster another language. could be you know a technic. What I do actually, is listen, reading subtitles and lips reading. your voice is good for learning AE. you have a very clear understandable voice. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
    Edit:I have found the lession here Thank you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Y-vE15l0Y

  14. now I understand why Liliana have an exellent voice. Google have it told me. 😉 For this lessions was this the best choice i think. Sorry, for me you was unknown this was a coincidence. Geetings from Berlin

  15. intonação perfeita, pronuncia perfeita e voz maravilhosa, amei o seu canal ameeeeeeeeeiiiiiii

  16. Is that the problem with the world today? Low vocabulary skills. Maybe cognitive dissonance. A mixture of the two. Great video!

  17. That was great!!!

    The flash card idea is brilliant!

    I find your videos really really…..good.

    I’ll revisit this post in 6 months when my vocabulary is more developed and rewrite it with greater impact

  18. And if you want a rather easier and productive way just go for The School Of life there is more wisdom than you've ever imagined in your life.

  19. It would be nice if someone could make a video on how to connect the most important info and organise them so it all makes sense since everyone is talking about how important that is but no one is actually teaching us how to do it

  20. I really need to practice what is said in this video. Hello Socratica, I am dreaming for the day you start making tutorials for java too. Python was great.

  21. Cual es tuputa afetracion que llo canvie el bocavulario y cino que meban hacer para pensarlo pir que como melodijiste mediste mucho miedo lla noallo donde esconderme llaves

  22. Cin amenasas ami dimelo en micara ok ver que paza ok ami tuninadie meva decir lo que llo tengo que hacer ok cuando quueras arreglamos lo que quieras

  23. Esta.mujer escribio con milogo un menzaje cuandllo noloce escribir ha hora llace quien ce encarga deablar mirda pormi solita cedelato ese es milogo esocreollo

  24. I’ve started watching “Psi” few months ago and I got happily surprised once I realised Liliana was playing the new Doctor in the series.

    Great work !!!

  25. I hated reading because I had my reading interrupted always looking up the words as they came eventually stopped looking them up, never thought of underlining and coming back to them thank you 😊👍

  26. Well in my college life, my friends had great vocabulary but they didn't tell me the secret. After this video i can compete wth them. Thnx for this video.

  27. The first thing that occured to me at the word "tarantism" is John Travolta and Uma Thurman

  28. I am learning English, and I usually have difficulty understanding when they speak fluently, but … I understand you completely! What a clear and beautiful voice!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *