How to MASTER your vocabulary

Oh I'd make it this doesn't happen often if see we usually practice it mr. e who I can't tell you usually gives me a thumbs up signal but I know I have to go hi james from engvid I was actually looking at the paper anyway, time to do a lesson if you're at this lesson is because you probably have trouble with vocabulary and what do I mean you have trouble with vocabulary you're probably saying I learn all these words they teach me these things and within hours days weeks I forget everything well it makes sense it's not your fault it's not your teachers fault there's a method for things to work I mean there's always a way to make things work a little better than something else writing out a word 20 times is not going to help you later on if you check will have the three you method and that will teach you how to remember vocabulary that you won't forget it but right now what I want you to do is muster vocabulary and what do I mean by muster it a lot of students don't take the time to actually get a full picture imagine a picture that's got a rose and it's in a beautiful red it's glorious a great color you know son behind it you can see everything now imagine a picture black and white what are you going to miss you'll think you have the picture because there's a rose but you see the beautiful yellow no. This is black and white.

There's something missing from that picture and what's missing from that picture can sometimes be depth color and brightness once you have that it's hard to forget because when I said imagine a rose you imagine it in color maybe with water on it maybe someone holding it but that's what you need to remember it.

We're going to work with vocabulary and look at the four things you need to do to say I have mastered vocabulary.

This vocabulary belongs to me. Okay, now number one can we look at is understand it what do I mean by understand many students open a dictionary look at a word look at the definition one definition and then say. Okay, I know for the look before that's not it when I say understand it take that definition write it out take a dictionary arrey arrey arrey expensive sound effects and write out that definition then what I suggest is you write one two or three sentences right showing your usage of that word in the proper context if it has three definitions well guess what son bub you have to do three words that means maybe nine sentences this sounds like a lot of work I want you to remember something don't do the work now you have to learn it again later and what's worse is if it took if it takes five minutes to do what I'm describing it'll take you 20 to 30 minutes to do it later that's six times the amount of time because it's hard to do no one said learning a language is easy but it can be fun and very productive and there's something nice about having your vocabulary and having it learning quickly and keeping it.

First thing to understand write out the definition. All right, yeah sorry write out the definition when you write out the definition then right example sentences your example sentences right let's go with the word ceiling for instance there are two definitions of the word ceiling number one ceiling is the top of a room the top part there's the floor there's the ceiling the ceiling is inside the building roof is on top of the building a second definition for ceiling is the limit of something the ceiling you cannot go any higher than this and business we talk about a glass ceiling right we talk about you can only go.

Far then no more give you an example.

How would I use it to make sure I understand it well my first sentence might be for for ceiling in a roof I will paint the walls blue and the ceiling yellow ceiling yellow Oh God looks like the Sun God at ceiling is inside you don't paint your roof yellow it's inside yellow what about the second one. Okay, I put the second one is the limit of something for a salary for instance.

I say the ceiling for my salary at work is $20,000 they will not pay me more than that.

I need to get a new job that's the limit.

I've written out these definitions it gives me an understanding and maybe even where I should use it what about the next one next one we're going to do is pronounce well how do you pronounce something well here's what I usually say the best way to learn pronunciation is to do phonetics simple phonetics break it down let's go back to the word ceiling again. Okay, ceiling. Okay, I would have done this see Ling by the way you spell ceiling like this but I don't care about how I spell it it's how do I say it you say ceiling if your nautical you like water you might put sea Ling phonetics how do you say it these are completely different but who cares how you spell it how do I say it because once I get the phonetics for it I can pronounce it right or big C Ling you get the picture we can just keep going get the phonetics do it slowly one part of the time because if you go see see see Ling Ling Ling ceiling then you can put it together and pronounce it properly like a native speaker you like that I do teach my students that all the time break it down muster each point put them together only at the end third spell it. Okay, spelling is easy that's part of vocabulary right because we have to do vocabulary we will say it and we both write it or sorry we say it we hear it we write it or we read it spelling I have many students from parts of the world who cannot spell.

My suggestion is this look at the word you're already looking at the definition write it out ten times write it out and look at it then go away yes I said it go away relax have a bit nope no beer have a tea we need you smart right have a team talk to your friends come back and then spell it out again what mistakes you made why did you make those mistakes there may be grammar rules that will help you with those mistakes such as I before E except after C right or when you add a letter e after a consonant usually it actually affects the sound of the word inside like fat and fate becomes long that's another rule for another day but the point is check your spelling.

Write it out ten times come back later write it out it'll help facilitate or help your memory right and finally recognize it if somebody says to you whoa that ceiling looks really old and you're like what is ceiling I've not heard of this ceiling before it's no good to you I mean if you can't pronounce it nobody understands you you can't recognize it when someone says it you don't know what they're talking about.

How do we do that easy another lesson is speak slowly do this ceiling we go slowly to get the stress where is the stress is it ceiling or ceiling learning the stress we are able to when people speak faster pick it up because when I say look at the ceiling it's Ling you need those stresses to catch the word then your brain will catch it.

Once again I suggest you say it very slowly at least four or five times very very slowly and elongate that word and then the next five times say especially buzzer get I say as fast as you possibly can ceilings in ceilings in because then you're going to get the sounds that you must say in other words the sounds I must say that you can hear it if you can do that when someone says ceiling you'll know it's different than I'm going seeing going to see something or seeing not seeing ceiling you'll catch it because you know there was no L stress must be a different word you like that I like it too.

How do master grammar that's the first mistake this has nothing to do with grammar son. This is how to the master vocabulary.

If you've been paying attention you'll notice that but it'll stick in your mind see you're recognized it was a mistake and you understand its muffled. Okay, but I think it's a great lesson please take it to heart try it out you'll be surprised actually get off right now write down five words you've had problems with go through what I've told you go take the test because I actually gave a test on this word sealing yeah that's what I did sealing is not only here it's at the Ingvild website.

Go there check it out do what I said see if you remember what this word means. All right, anyway, it's been fun with our vocabulary not grammar lesson and go to www.englishgrammarspot.com a B 20,000 teachers go get there before it's gone. All right, learn your vocabulary shel you.

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