Over the past few years, I feel like my vocabulary has severely languished. I used to read like a fiend. Then I got into chick lit, and went to university – and I seriously did not have the time to read. When I did, I just wanted to relax – usually with an undemanding romance or crime fiction.
Now I’m trying to read 100 books this year, and really branch out. Catching up on some classics, and giving new, creative authors a go. Some of these are challenging, to say the least. I’m dog-earing plenty of pages, and Googling words when I next get to a computer.
I also signed up to A Word A Day last year, and have been getting one new word each morning in my inbox. Some are plain ridiculous and I’ll never use again, but some I keep around for reference.
Thing is, my brain doesn’t seem to want to take these new words on. I can’t get them to stick!
Do you have any good memory tricks?
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This is a blatant, hurtful lie that far too many people fall for. And they end up feeling like something is wrong with them, when really something is wrong with the idea they’ve been sold…”
Amen. This is exactly the same conclusion I reached.
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Yay! Thanks for sharing my post about foodies. And I was happy to see that you use Goodreads too – just added you as a friend. I’m always happy to get different suggestions for new books to read. 🙂
I just finished reading the first book I’ve read in ages. I’ve had a really stressful couple of weeks at work..I don’t mind busy, but this was annual review time and I’m having some damage control I need to be doing and it’s really been draining.
Anyway, I spent almost all of yesterday just reading and it was such a welcome escape from it all. I forgot how effective reading is at escaping from the world. I find it much more effective than movies or surfing the web.
Thank you for the link.
Here is my teacher advice for learning new words: Use them. Even if you think they’re totally useless words, you will never remember them unless you practice using them. Look up sample sentences with them and write a paragraph based entirely around incorporating that word. It seems like a lot of work, but that’s what we make the kids do and it’s a good way for them to fully have the word fit in a place in their vocabulary, as a part of their version of English, if that makes sense.
Thanks for including me 🙂 Love your layout btw
Thanks for the link, though I might dispute the use of the word “expert” to describe me. 🙂
I second the advice to use those vocab words if you want to remember them. Though the thought does sound a little tedious. I love your plan to read more books. Thanks to Borders bookstores closing down, I’ve gotten my hands on a few new ones at 50% off.