How to make friends with your dictionary!
Learning English language and especially English words is not as easy as that. However, an efficient language learners use their active vocabulary with the remarkable ease, but if you are an amateur you should be aware of how tricky the words in English can be. For instance, one word can have at least three more meanings besides the main one, so you have to be quite accurate using the word with appropriate meaning in the right context.
Still we are lucky enough, because we have dictionaries. Make the most of working with the dictionary, be enthusiastic while learning and you will success in building your vocabulary. Of course, you will strive to do your best, but it's never redundant to use some tips in order to avoid making common mistakes, so here are some:
- SHOW YOUR MANNERS! Use your dictionary in the way it has to be used - for learning! He hasn't done anything bad to you, so respect him as he tries to help you to become smarter.
- GUESS, GUESS, BUT DO NOT MAKE MISTAKES. There is no doubt, that you are a one smart cookie and may know many words, but sometimes it is better to look up for a word in your paper friend.
- GET ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR DICTIONARY. Learn how to use your dictionary, find out its secrets and you will make the most of using it.
- IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT WORDS. Many dictionaries have some interesting grammar and lexical tips and techniques, which could be an alternative to the commonly used one's. So instead of being ordinary, be different with the assistance of your dict.
- MAKE NEW FRIENDS! It is important to have a few dictionaries to select the most suitable word for you. It is essential, because not every dictionary can provide a sufficient definiton for a word you a searching for.
English is one of the richest languages and it is qiute challenging to know all the words, so sometimes it happens that you just can't remember the word as it should be written or pronounced. As for me such word is "exciting".
Exciting // making you feel excited.
Also, there are some words I often confuse, for instance historic and historical;
1.Historic - something important to the course of history
2.Historical - something related to history.
Examples:1. Chester visited the beach in Kitty Hawk where the Wright brothers made their historic first flight.
2. The Battle of Trafalgar is one of the most famous historical event in XIX century.
The fact is that English language daily inriches with 14 new words. The brand new one's are:
Brain fade(n) - it is a temporary inability to concentrate or think clearly.
BAE - it is an acronym for "Before Anyone Else" and refers to a person's boy- or girlfriend.
Air punch(n) - an act of hitting upwards with your fist to show that you are happy because you have done something successfully.