6 Tips: How to cultivate a command over your vocabulary

1. Have an eye for new words. Keep your vocabulary updated because in the ever-growing horizons of learning, new words are coming up everyday. You’ll be confused if you overlook them. Newspapers and journals are the best sources for them. They carry the latest contents.
2. Develop a reading habit. Read regularly. Make it your hobby. Read books, especially those related to your area of interest/profession. Read consciously and pick out new words for your database. Vocabulary grows naturally when you learn new words in their actual context.
3. Focus on the new words in their various dimensions, e. g., pronunciation, meaning, spelling, part of speech, synonyms and antonyms and usage. For a comprehensive understanding of words, you can use aids like dictionary and thesaurus.
4. Cramming lists of words is too childish and doesn’t help. Practice is the best way. Promptly use your newly acquired words in conversation as well as written form. Practice gives you better command over the language which every author requires and aims at.
5. Pay special attention to synonyms and their correct usage. Remember, each synonym is a shade different from the other. A writer must know exactly which one fits best. Also, master the use of idiomatic phrases and proverbs. They give a master touch to your writing.
6. Never use a word about which you’re not sure. You need to verify about the new words you come across from some authentic source. In technical writing, you could consult a glossary of technical terms.
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  # Ashok Misra

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