How To Improve Your English Vocabulary And Speak Better English

If you want to improve your English speaking, you should learn new words and increase your vocabulary. That’s because the more words you know in English, the better and more well-rounded your vocabulary will be.

That means that you can express yourself more easily and clearly. This means that you’ll be able to speak English more fluently and naturally. So, learning new vocabulary can definitely help you improve you English speaking skills.

Let me give you a simple example of how knowing more vocabulary words allows you to express yourself more. Let’s say for example that your grandmother has hepatitis.

But if you don’t know how to say ‘grandmother’ or hepatitis, you can simply use other simpler words that express the same idea more generally. For example…you could say, “My mother’s mother is sick”. You’re still saying the same thing in a more general way.

So, let’s talk about how you can use the PLANE English System to learn new words everyday to consistently and continuously increase your vocabulary knowledge and speak English.

Step 1: Plan Your English Vocabulary Goals

The first thing you want to do is decide what your vocabulary learning goals are going to be and set some targets to track your progress. But first you need to ask yourself some questions:

  • How many new vocabulary words do you want to learn? 100 words. 500. A thousand. More.
  • How many new words can you learn per day? 3 new words per day. 10. 100. Or more.
  • How much time can you invest learning new vocabulary words in English everyday? 15 minutes. And hour. 8 hours per day. The more time you have to study the faster you can reach your goals.
  • How long do you have to improve your English? A week. A month. A year.

Thefinal question is really the most important. If you want to learn 50 words in a week, but can only 3 words per day…you know you won’t reach your goal. So, you can either lower your vocabulary learning goal, or increase the amount of words you have to learn each day to reach it.

Step 2: Learn Your New English Vocabulary Words

Once you know what your vocabulary learning goals, it’s time to get busy hitting them. The nice thing that this does for you is to give you a clear target so you can track your progress. Each day you know if you are making progress or not on increasing your English vocabulary.

There are many strategies and techniques for learning vocabulary. Some of the most common include simple things like reading the dictionary, creating flashcards to drill your new words, putting up post-in notes on everything around you, and even creating your own personalized dictionary.

No matter, how you learn your new vocabulary words in English, it’s important to try to learn them in the context you first heard them. This is because words can have many different meanings.

So, not only will you learn the right meaning for your new vocabulary word, but you’ll also know how to use it correctly in the future. Because there really isn’t any sense in just learning words for the sake of learning words. Knowing a million words won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use them correctly.

 Why Learn New Vocabulary Words With Short Stories?

Let me just take a moment to say that, I think that one of the easiest and fastest ways to learn vocabulary words is through the use of short stories like the ones we’ve already prepared for our English students in the VIP Club. There are a lot of reasons for this, and we won’t go into all of them right now. But short stories give you a great framework for learning your new vocabulary words in context.

You can hear your vocabulary word of focus used several times in the same story. This allows you to get plenty of repetition to properly assimilate the word. And on top of that, you’ll see the same vocabulary word used several times in different ways, which will help you learn different ways to use that same word.

And because there are audio recordings to go along with each of the stories, you’ll learn how to pronounce the words correctly as well. You can use the Question & Answer Stories to practice using your new vocabulary quickly and correctly which will help you speak more fluently too.

Once you learn you new vocabulary, it’s time to practice them and put them to use.

 Step 3: Activate Your New Vocabulary

Have you ever had that feeling where you wanted to use a new word you recently learned, but even though it was right on the tip of your tongue, you just couldn’t remember how to say it? Isn’t that the worst feeling ever. I mean, it just drives me crazy when it happens to me.

That’s usually because it’s not yet a part of your active vocabulary. They are still inactive. That means that you know what the word means if you hear someone else use it, but you don’t yet know how to say the word or use it correctly.

To make a word a part of your active vocabulary, you need to hear it and see it used many times. Some vocabulary specialist like Stephen Krashen say that you need to hear the word about 60 times before you really assimilate it.

So, it’s important that review the word frequently and often enough so that you don’t forget it. You can use a spaced repetition system or a program like Anki to review and practice the new vocabulary words you are learning.

  • Where to use the new vocabulary words you are learning
  • Tools and sites to use your new vocabulary

 Step 4: Networking To Practice Your New Vocabulary In English

Once you’ve learned new vocabulary words, it’s important to use them in different situations and in different ways. So, if you’ve learned the vocabulary in a story, you can simply offer to tell it someone. That way you can use your new word several times.

When you learn a new word and see it in context, you have ideas of how to use it. But you may not be sure if that is the correct meaning of the word or the proper way to use it. By using the new vocabulary while talking with others, they can correct you if you don’t use it correctly.

And even as you talk to others, you will come across words that you don’t know how to say. When that happens, just ask them or write it down to learn later. That way you’ll know what new words to add to your vocabulary next.

Stretch your English-learning wings and make friends with more people who speak English. Participate in forums and comment on blogs online, or find people in your city who speak English. It’s great if they are native speakers or teachers who can help you out.

But even other English students like you who want to improve their vocabulary are a great way to practice what you are learning as you speak in English English. So, don’t be shy.

 Step 5: Evaluate Your English Vocabulary Learning Goals

Make sure to make note of the new vocabulary words that you learn each day so that you can track your progress. You can do this as simply as writing them down in a physical notebook or online spreadsheet.

Or you can use an online tracker to keep track of your vocabulary words like Lift.Do and others.

If you want to force yourself to reach your goals, then you can even find ways to reward yourself for reaching your goals, and punishing yourself if you don’t. Just find a friend or someone to keep you accountable.

Don’t forget to review your vocabulary words often so that you don’t forget them with some sort of Spaced Repetition System.

  • How to keep track of the words you are learning
  • How to review your new vocabulary words so you don’t forget them

 Conclusion On Learning New Words And Improving Your English Vocabulary

So, I hope you’re ready to start learning more new vocabulary words to improve your English skills. Go ahead and set your own goals and tell us what they are in the comments below. Then start learning new words, activating them into your vocabulary, and practicing them with other people while talking English.

And as you evaluate yourself from time to time, leave an update to let us know how your English vocabulary is growing and improving. And if you have any questions, just leave a comment below too.

Improve Your English Vocabulary – Take a look at the VIP English Club if you would like short stories to help you learn new Engish vocabulary words. These are the same stories that we use to teach our English students live.

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