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Upgrade your lexicon: 7 simple techniques to improve your vocabulary

Hello Learners!

We hope your week has been delightful, and of course, we hope your English skills are soaring to new heights!

Today, we’re going to talk about lexicon!

Ever heard of this term before?

A “lexicon” refers to the collection of words used in a language or specific area of knowledge. It encompasses all the words and phrases we use to communicate with others. 

Essentially, a lexicon is like a big treasure chest of words and phrases that belong to a language or a specific subject area.

It’s basically all the building blocks we use to communicate with each other.

Having a rich lexicon means you’ve got a wide variety of words to choose from, which helps you express yourself better and understand others more easily. 

Think of it as your personal word toolbox, ready to help you make conversation magic!

So, let’s learn about what we can do to expand our lexicon, shall we?

1. Read extensively

Reading extensively is like going on a treasure hunt, and every new word you find is a shiny gem to add to your vocabulary collection.

The more you read, the more you’ll learn about how words are used in various situations. This helps you remember them better and use them in your own conversations.

As your vocabulary grows, you’ll find it easier to understand what you’re reading and express yourself more clearly. This means your communication skills will get better and better, both in writing and speaking.

So, read those cool novels, interesting articles, and fun blog posts! It’ll help you build your vocabulary! 

2. Use flashcards

Flashcards are a handy tool to improve your vocabulary!

To use them, you can start by choosing words you want to learn or review. Then, write the word on one side of the flashcard and its definition on the other side.

Go through your flashcards regularly, trying to recall the definition of each word when you see it.

As you become more comfortable with the vocabulary you have, add new words to your collection. Test yourself by flipping the flashcard, reading the definition, and trying to remember the word.

Finally, use the new words in conversations or writing to reinforce your learning. By using flashcards regularly, you can enrich your vocabulary and boost your lexicon anywhere and anytime! 

No more excuses for not practicing!

3. Watch TV shows and movies

Did you know that watching TV shows and movies can help you learn new words? 

It’s true! When you’re watching your favorite show or movie, you’ll probably come across some new vocabulary.

The great thing about learning words this way is that you can see how they’re used in real-life situations, which makes it easier to understand and remember them.

Plus, you’ll get to hear different accents and dialects, which can really broaden your language skills. And let’s face it – watching TV and movies is super fun, so you’ll be motivated to learn new words!

To get the most out of watching TV shows and movies, choose content that matches your language level and interests. You can also use subtitles and pause features to review interesting new vocabulary.

You can even use those new words as catchy quotes or captions on social media! Learn new words and have fun sharing them with others – it’s a win-win! 

4. Play word games

Playing word games is a fun and effective way to learn new words and boost your vocabulary!

Word games can help you discover new words you may not have known before, and they provide context that makes it easier to understand and remember them. You get to use the words you’re learning in sentences or phrases, so they stick in your brain better.

Word games also require active participation, which means you’re fully engaged and using your brain to remember new words. When you’re having fun playing a game, it’s easier to learn and remember new things.

The best part? Word games are enjoyable and can be a great way to spend your free time while also boosting your vocabulary. So why not give them a try and see how much your vocabulary can improve?

5. Keep a vocabulary journal

Did you know that creating a vocabulary journal can help you improve your vocabulary?

By writing down new words along with their meanings in a journal, you can review and practice them regularly. This repetition helps to reinforce new vocabulary in your memory.

In addition, a vocabulary journal allows you to personalize the learning process. You can choose which words to focus on based on your interests or needs. For example, if you’re studying for a specific exam, you can focus only on words that may appear on that exam.

Furthermore, a vocabulary journal can help identify gaps in your knowledge and target areas for improvement. So, you can use this journal to track progress over time and set learning goals for yourself!

6. Use a thesaurus 

A thesaurus is extremely useful to help you improve your vocabulary. It can help you by…

  • Finding synonyms

A thesaurus is a reference book that lists words with similar meanings (synonyms). By using a thesaurus, you can find alternative words to replace common words you may often use. 

Instead of using the same old boring words, you can switch it up with some synonyms and impress your friends, teachers, and even yourself!

  • Learning new words

When searching for a word in a thesaurus, you will likely come across new words you were previously unaware of. By exploring these new words, you can expand your vocabulary and improve your lexicon!

  • Understanding the nuances behind different words

A thesaurus can help you understand the nuances of words. By comparing synonyms, you can see how different words convey slightly different meanings, and learn how to choose the right words for different situations

  • Improving writing skills

Using a thesaurus can be a great way to enhance your writing skills. By finding synonyms and exploring new words, you can diversify your vocabulary and express your ideas with more clarity.

In addition, by using a thesaurus to vary your word choice, you can avoid repeating the same words over and over again, which can make your writing feel repetitive and monotonous. 

So, if you want to take your writing to the next level, give thesaurus a try and explore new words to express your ideas with more nuance and impact!

7. Practice using new words

When you use new words while talking or writing, it helps your vocabulary get better.

Remember, the more you use them, the easier it gets to know when and how to use these words. As you practice, you’ll feel more confident, and your communication will become smoother.

Keep practicing, and you’ll keep getting better!


And there you have it! Boosting your vocabulary doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, with a few simple steps and a sprinkle of dedication, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a true wordsmith.

Remember, the most important aspect of improving your vocabulary is consistency. By incorporating these practical steps into your daily routine, you’ll soon discover that your vocabulary has drastically increased!

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