Unique Multi-Pronged Vocabulary-Building Approach

Unique Multi-Pronged Vocabulary-Building Approach


English has an enormously rich vocabulary, larger and more varied than that of any other language. It is important to understand the nature of its richness and the advantages it offers and the difficulties it poses:

One Meaning—>Many Words: The richness in the variety of synonyms offers the advantages of variety and precision in expression.  Presenting these words in binary pairs of opposites in the form of Synonym-Antonym Matrices is a useful way to group them together for 'meaningful' association in your memory. If you go down the columns, you get synonyms, and if you go across the rows, you get antonyms.

One Word—> Many Meanings: There is, however, another kind of richness, which poses much greater difficulties for you: multiple meanings of the same word or its grammatically related forms. There are a large number of everyday use words that have multiple meanings and therefore you should exercise care to get the right meaning in the right context.

Large Number of Confusibles: To complicate matters further, the English language is full of pairs/sets of confusible words. You should properly understand the meanings through contextual usage of such confusible words to avoid coming across as an uneducated person.

Many Words from Common Roots: Much of the English vocabulary has been built from Latin, Greek and French 'roots'—the foundation, the basic building blocks of words. This becomes a useful way to build your vocabulary by learning to recognize common roots.