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06 / 02 / 2006

VOCABULARY LISTS (3): meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had an excellent weekend. Do you ever find that you can recognise the meaning of some words when you see them in context but you can never remember them when you want to use them in conversation. Last week we talked about how to make and use a Vocabulary Word Bank. We suggested different activities to help you to activate new words and expressions, and pass them to long-term memory. You don't have to do all of these things at the same time; you can do them little by little at different times. The important thing is to form the very effective habit of actively working with new vocabulary and expressions! WORD OF THE DAY Another useful way to pass new words and expressions from your Word Bank to long-term memory is to choose a WORD FOR THE DAY (any word or expression that you want to learn). The objective is to try and use this word as often as possible during the day. It could be in a conversation, by creating sentences in your head with the word or expression, by writing a sentence with it, etc. The idea is to concentrate on the word for the whole day. You will probably find that once you begin actively focusing on a new word, you will start noticing (fijarse en) it in other contexts. Hopefully, all of these ideas will help you increase your active vocabulary and become a better speaker of English. Remember to post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. Good luck with your vocabulary and have a great day!