October 16, 2008

Vocabulary: My way

So you are ready to learn some new words that can be helpful to you in your day to day speaking and writing.  I know you are always ready to know about more and more words.  But, before going on such a good mission, you should keep some vital points in view.  English vocabulary is not only rich but varied as you know.  One can find a lot of words to describe a particular situation.  A professional will describe a situation in different words but a layman will describe similar situation in different words.  This differences of work cultures and involvements, lead to the development of Jargon Words.  Jargon is a word or concept that is developed by a particular community of workers for easy understanding by similar peoples involved in similar profession.  In other words speaking, jargon can be said as words by professionals by professionals, isn’t it?

Plainly speaking, first know what vocabulary you require at this moment. The need of vocabulary changes according to time and situation.   A student would like to learn some cute words to converse with his/her friends especially with girl friends, isn’t it? Ha…ha.  Remember, college students converse with their own jargons applied to a particular campus.  An economist would like to learn jargons related to his field.  Similarly, politicians also learn the jargon of parliament.  But generally, people learn some words that cannot be said purely as jargon and can be used in all situations.  It can be said that a college student fresh from the oven, seems to have more words than a professional.  This blogger does not emphasize this fact from statistical point of view as there is no study or research on this aspect of vocabulary by different peoples.  A layman acquires many words of different genres.  But a professional, after some years of active service tends to forget the layman’s words for his excessive involvement and association with the jargons related to his field.  This is only an observation and not opens for debate. 

What I want to emphasize here is that, at first learn some general words.  First you will need some daily use VERBS.  And to polish and beautify your verbs you will have to learn some ADVERBS. Of course you will have to learn some NOUNS as you will need them while conversing.  And of course to beautify your NOUNS you will need some ADJECTIVES.  Verbs, adverbs, nouns, adjectives are really, the vital parts of speech.  Of course, there are so many parts but here let me confine myself to the vocabulary aspect.

So, when you learn a Verb try to convert it to an Adverb.  Then make it a Noun and of course to an Adjective.  Your Positive Verbs can be turned into Negative and vice-versa by joining or deleting some Prefixes to/from a word.  You can search the Antonyms of a Word.  You can search synonyms of that word as well.  Ah, another point try to learn the uses also, as very often meaning of some words changes completely according to the contexts.  In this way you can acquire a commendable level of word power should you stick to your mission.   

So, from today set out on a mission to browse a good offline dictionary and at least try to make yourself familiarize with one word a day.  The one word per day roughly means more than 75 words including the antonyms, synonyms, various uses, nouns, adjectives and adverbs.  With day passing, make it a hobby to browse dictionary and increase the one word limit to two words and so on according to your time and requirement.  Remember, don’t try to learn unnecessary words that cannot be put to use once in a year.  I have learned a word gobbledygook that I have not used once since learning because ‘Jargon’ helps me.  Recently, a blogger came to this blog and wrote ‘Fixe’ following the comment link.  But, frankly speaking friend, before this I had not heard this word and the question of using did not arise.  Even still today, I am yet to figure out for what reason he used the word ‘Fixe.’  Anyway, I have nothing to do with the word but my point is that, use those words that can be easily understood by others.  Unless, a listener understands one, there are chances of communication gap and being misunderstood or ignored.  So, better use those words that are easily understood by all and sundry.

Book (N):  A binding creation of written papers.
Booked (V):  Reserved.
Un-booked (Antonyms): That is not reserved.
Bookie (N): A book maker.
Bookish (N): Who loves book very much or who befriends with books.

Countries of the world where English is an off...Image via Wikipedia
Bookmark (V) Come on, you know it.  

Book case, Book-keeper, Bookplate, Bookworm (a, b).  All these are related words of book.
Each and every word can be parsed and expanded in this way.  This enhances one’s vocabulary level. 

A Wrap Up:
  • Read periodicals, Newspaper.
  • Watch Useful English language programs.
  • Watch programs of Your Vernacular language and compare the meaning with the English vocabularies. 
  • Learn Less Jargons or conceptualized words and more general words.
  • Use your Vocabulary with Your friends and in your writings.
  • Make free use of Suffixes and Prefixes.  
  • Search for Antonyms and Synonyms,
  • Convert words to Adverbs, Adjectives and Nouns etc.
  • Convert Positive words to negative not by the use of ‘Not’ and vice-versa.
  • Make it a habit to browse an Offline dictionary even if you browse ‘Online dictionaries.’
Friends, my small daughter (Eleven months old) Sophie seems to be calling me in her own language.  I will return with new resources on English grammar.  Do follow me.  If you like this post then, don’t forget to subscribe this blog and if possible bookmark this post wherever you like following the links given.  

Till next, it's Ciao from me and do take care of your Personae.  Bye, Bye.  

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1 comment:

  1. Sudam, I have heard it said that English is the most difficult of all languages to learn. If you need any help, or would like me to write a guest blog, I would be more than happy to do so.

    You're doing a good job, so far!


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