What's the best English vocabulary lesson?

The best English vocabulary lesson I know of is to move to England, the U.S., Canada, Australia or even South Africa. That way, you are sure to hear new words and have ample oppurtunity to learn them.

Unfortunately, (or maybe it's fortunately, right?) most of us can't afford such an expensive English vocabulary lesson.

So what are we to do?

Well, the next best vocabulary lesson I know of is to read. That's right. Read. You should read, read and then read some more.

For instance, do you know all the words that you've read on this page so far? My guess is... No, you don't.(If you do... great. It will pay to continue reading anyway)

For those of you who don't know all of the words on your screen, I'm guessing that you kept right on reading anyway. After all, who stops to look up every unknown word in a text?

Certainly not me.

So what do you do when you come across unknown words? Do you try to figure them out? If yes, how?

Do you identify them? Are they a noun, adjective, verb etc.? Do you try to determine if they are positive or negative? Do you try to translate the sentence and insert an appropriate word from your own language where the unknown word is?

You see, without knowing it, I've already given you an English vocabulary lesson. The preceding questions should all be answered when it comes to unknown words in a text.

To say it in another way, you need a system for learning unknown words. As well as systematically learning new words you should systematically work towards figuring out unknown words in a text.

There are pages in this site that have Greek and Latin root words, plus prefixes and suffixes. There are prepositions, plus synonyms and antonyms. There are many things here to help you make up a good vocabulary lesson.

So if you can't move to the U.S., England, Canada or Australia, (or, don't want to) at least figure out a way to systematically learn new and unknown words.

To go to a very helpful page for your English Vocabulary Lesson simply click on the preceding link.