English Vocabulary Building – Part 2

By Robby

If you are new here please read this first.

Vocabulary Building Part 1 | Vocabulary Building Part 3

Here we go with the next video episode – and this is the tenth one. Two and a half months in production – not bad, is it? I hope I have enough dedication to see the hundredth one online and there’s no better way to achieve it than by taking just one step at a time… 😉

This time let’s look at the following thing – eliminating your native language from the English vocabulary building process. If you’re like the majority of language learners, most likely you’re using your native language dictionary to explain new English words and phrases.

You probably also have a pocket dictionary where you write down the new words and by repeating them on a daily basis they become a part of your overall English vocabulary.

Haven’t you noticed, though, that you actually can’t use most of your vocabulary when you have to speak English? And have you not also noticed that sometimes when you try to think of an English word, your native language words start getting into your way?

Well, it’s the typical English fluency issue I was facing for long years, and it’s partially down to memorizing new English words through my native language.

Just think on this – when you’re using your native tongue, do you refer to some other language? Of course none of us do! As we speak, all the background processes happening in our brain – working with abstract images and so on – aren’t hindered by some other language. Then why we’re doing it when speaking English? The answer is simple – just because this method is used through generations of language learners! Very few of those successful at school language studies, though, make it in life…

When building up English vocabulary the natural way, new words and phrases are explained using the English language. First of all it’s quite easy to guess meanings of new words from context. Secondly – you can always ask if you’re not sure what a particular word means. And lastly – when you’re putting down new English words in your dictionary – use the thesaurus approach. Instead of using your language, explain the word using other English words that you already know!

So as I told you last time – always put the new English words in context when writing them into your notebook dictionary, and then follow it by explanation using English language.

Throw out your traditional English dictionary, and buy a thesaurus – I’m telling you, it’s going to have a huge impact on your English fluency!

OK, I’m just joking – don’t throw the common dictionary out. Just keep it as a last resort if you really can’t get a meaning of some word. But still – explain it using English, all right?

Here are a few useful websites I always use to look up new English words:

Dictionary.com – a very comprehensive online dictionary and everything is explained in English!

Thesaurus.com – you can find gazillion synonyms here!

OneLook.com – this is a dictionary search engine. If you can’t find some English word here, then it doesn’t exist! 🙂

OK, watch the video above and you’ll find out more about doing away with your native language when building up your English vocabulary!

Thanks for staying with me,

Talk to you soon,


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