Words are Wild
A single word can end a relationship or even start a war. Words have the power to change your life from mediocre to amazing. But, it takes the average brain about 50 times of using a new word before really knowing it. Research has shown that if your vocabulary is limited so are your chances of success. Think of the following exercises as mental push-ups. If you practice everyday, you are bound to build muscle where you need it the most.
- First, sign up for a word-a-day service at www.dictionary.com. This email service will send you a vocabulary word once a day.
- Then, when you are completing writing assignments, use www.thesaurus.com to help you find the perfect word.
- Vocabsushi.com is an excellent source for 6th Grade-College vocabulary practice.
- Freerice.com is perfect for English Language Learners and 2nd Grade-College as well.
Examining Word Parts
Words are like trees, they have branches, roots and leaves. Breaking down words into their smaller parts is a helpful way to find meaning. Most words are built from smaller parts called roots (main part), prefixes (word beginnings), and suffixes (word endings). When a prefix or suffix is added to a word it changes the meaning. Learning roots, prefixes and suffixes can help you understand unfamiliar words.
For example, the Latin word spirare means ‘to blow or to breathe.’ We get words like inspire (to breath into), respiration (to breath again), expire (to breath out) and perspire (to breath through).
Invest in your future success. One of the easiest ways to get ahead is to thoughtfully build up your understanding of words. Take a look at the following common roots and word origins document:
Document: Common Word Parts and Origins
With regular practice, your life will have new meaning and your words will make you outstanding!