Don’t you hate when just can’t seem to remember a word in English (or any other language you’re learning)? Maybe you’ve already learned it, or it’s a word you feel you should know because it’s so common.
Learning vocabulary shouldn’t be boring and it shouldn’t be difficult. In parts I and II we covered how useful a vocabulary journal is, so you won’t forget new words that you hear and see. You can also subscribe to “Word of the Day” and RLE Daily Expressions. And of course lifestyle English is useful, like watching TV shows and movies, reading, and talking to people (in person or online). This final part of the vocabulary series will cover:
- Other lifestyle English tools, and
- RLE’s Newsletter
8. Other “English for Life” Tools
Some other lifestyle English tools that I recommend you use to increase your vocabulary are radio, music, podcasts, and applications (apps).
Listening to the radio is a great way to improve your auditory skills and learn new words. It’s not necessary to understand every word when listening to the radio. If you listen a little bit every day, you will become more accustomed to hearing English and slowly start to comprehend more naturally. As you begin understanding more, you’ll acquire new vocabulary, which you can add to your word journal and Anki.
Try the app “TuneIn” to listen to radio stations from anywhere in the world. I like to turn it on (listen to French or Spanish radio stations for example) while I’m working on my computer. I don’t listen attentively; it just plays in the background. But I’ve noticed overtime that I can understand more of what the broadcasters are saying. It’s amazing!
The same goes for music. We have several articles to help you fully understand songs here.
9. Sign Up for RLE’s Email Newsletter
The last way to help you improve your English vocabulary is to sign up for RealLife English’s email newsletter. When you do this you will get occasional updates, which will allow you to read and watch a short video update of community highlights.
The best part is that you get a report on the best resources for improving your English online for free! This gives you a bunch of new vocabulary, and you will really sound much more fluent and natural, like a native speaker, once you’ve mastered it. It’s an awesome resource, and it’s free.
Take the Challenge. Right now get up from your computer and go find a pocket-sized notebook (go and buy one if you have to). Write on the cover “ENGLISH VOCABULARY”. I encourage you to take a 30-Day Challenge to increase your vocabulary by five words each day using one or a combination of these suggestions.
It doesn’t have to be a struggle; there are fun and easy ways to improve your vocabulary doing things that you do anyways, like watching TV and reading. This article barely scratches the surface of (begins to discuss) all the resources there are for you to increase your English vocabulary, but it is an excellent base for you to start with. And once you’ve made a habit of gaining new vocabulary (after the first month you can decrease to five or less words a day) you’ll find that you understand more, and if you’re taking a class you will notice that you improve much faster in your English than your classmates.
Don’t make excuses for yourself; start the challenge now. Don’t forget to let us know how it’s going in the comment box down below or on our Facebook page. We love to hear from you and help you in any ways that we can. Making friends in the community is just another awesome way to increase your vocabulary.
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- Read Part I
- Read Part II
- Vocabulary Learning Success: Anki and Duolingo
- Are you using Duolingo to learn English? Read this!