How to Increase Your Vocabulary for the IELTS and TOEFL?

Ever notice how your words just keep repeating in a sentence? Don’t you think expressing your ideas using other word expressions will be much better and will sound intelligent?

It is an undeniable fact that vocabulary is an important ingredient in making good sentences. Choosing the right words to show how you feel or to make an emphasis on your ideas takes practice and training. Everybody needs to learn vocabulary, most especially to those who are planning to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Learning vocabulary is fun, exciting and most of all, a huge advantage to an individual. With good vocabulary, once can find it easier to understand passages, get details from listening tracks, speak eloquently, and write essays in a matter of minutes. Now, learning a vocabulary is not simple; hence, there are a number of ways one can do to increase their vocabulary for the IELTS and the TOEFL.

• Everybody should love reading.
The activity of reading is not everybody’s cup of tea. Most find it a boring one and only intelligent people do so. But, reading is the best way to learn new words to build one’s vocabulary. Start by reading the daily paper. There are dozens of jargons and word expressions that will be new to your vocabulary. In addition, as you go through the process of vocabulary reading, include academic books in your reading list. This will give you new knowledge in the academic field that you will find interesting and informative.
• Befriend Mr. Webster
Reading the dictionary is not a crazy idea but a very good one to do. Scan the pages and choose a word that you see on the page. Write it down together with its definition and make your own example. Create a list of ten words a day and before the day ends, review on these words.
• Keep a journal.
Write diaries and simple essays. Start by writing twice a week until you have more time in writing on a daily basis. How can this improve your vocabulary? Simple. You will eventually learn how to choose the right kind of words in describing details and explaining things. Sometimes, you do not have to use very difficult words to make an essay good. What you need to know is the content that matters most.
• Study
No matter how many words you have learned but you do not review them, it is good as nothing. Take time each day to study the vocabulary you have acquired and put them into practice. Use them in conversations (when appropriate). The more you get used to using these words, the better retention you have.

Enjoy learning. Do not push yourself too hard or else, you will lose the fun in gaining knowledge. Make your vocabulary bank better with right vocabulary for IELTS and TOEFL.


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