5 Ways To Improve Your English Vocabulary At Home During Covid-19 Lockdown


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The recent Covid-19 pandemic has influenced every aspect of our lives, from the way we wash our hands to the language we speak. For example, did you know that the Latin word “corona” means “crown” and that the virus is called “corona” because of its crown-like shape and spikes? Likewise, several new words and phrases such as physical distancing, quarantine, covidiot (someone ignoring public health advice), covidient (people who strictly follow public health guidelines), etc. were invented and are widely used by people today in order to define new situations.

All of this has led to the creation of a whole new vocabulary and you will be surprised to know that around 800-1000 words are added to the English language every year, which equates to two new words per day. As interesting as it may sound, it makes us wonder if we are really making efforts to improve our own vocabulary or if the English language, which has now become an essential skill for communicating, articulating and disseminating work in its much more way. quickly than us. I never can.

Whether it is an engineering graduate looking for an internship or a student or a professional looking to study and work abroad, fluency in the English language has become imperative for everyone to can develop their capacities.

Fortunately, the prolongation of the confinement period has a little upside as being at home gives a lot of time to refresh your vocabulary, improve your listening, comprehension and pronunciation, etc.

Here are some ways you can use your time at home fruitfully:

1. Harness the power of online / digital platforms and gadgets

Currently, there are several digital and interactive platforms that can help students and learners of all age groups develop their language skills at home.

One such example is the recent Pearson MyPedia skill on Amazon Alexa, which features a collection of engaging stories, fun facts, trivia, and quizzes that help improve English vocabulary, listening, speaking, comprehension. and storytelling. Just say “Alexa, open MyPedia” or just “Alexa, I want to learn English” to get started.

2. Start reading books

Reading books or novels is one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary. While reading, one meets new words and acquires the curiosity to find their correct meaning which expands and improves one’s knowledge. It is recommended to keep a dictionary with you while reading so that as you read and come across new words, it becomes easier to refer to the dictionary, find its correct meaning and pronunciation.

Moreover, you can also take specific vocabulary building books such as Norman Lewis’s book, 30 days for a stronger vocabulary for a better understanding.

3. Listen to podcasts or audiobooks

Active and attentive listening also helps to build a strong vocabulary as listening is a skill that requires attention and the selection of new words, noting them and discovering their meanings gives great exposure.

Many good websites and apps now host podcasts where they host interviews or talk about various things that are happening in the world. Listening to them will not only help you know what’s going on in the world, but also improve your English skills, at home.

4. Watch English classics or dramas

In an era when online streaming platforms have become the new reality for people to spend their time at home, one can choose to watch classic English movies, dramas or shows that will cause you to meet new words. and to research their meaning.

For better understanding and knowledge, it is also suggested that you keep a journal and write down new words and their meanings every time you learn them, which will help you memorize them and use them in your daily vocabulary.

5. Play board games

Board games such as scrabble, word search, puzzles, crosswords, etc. help reveal new words and guide you to develop good English vocabulary. Daily practice and use of these new words in conversations can improve your memory, concentration, vocabulary, and cognitive skills as well. At present, one can play these games with family or online with friends.

The coronavirus, while entering people’s lungs, has also infiltrated much of the information and content we consume every day, whether it’s the news or the family chats we have at the dinner table.

This led to an explosion of new words and phrases that suddenly became a part of our daily life. It then makes sense for us to also keep up with the rapidly changing language and do something productive while we are confined to our homes.

With a few simple efforts and discipline, you can make a change in your lifestyle and following these tips above will help you build your language skills, while also giving you fluency in the language in the process.

So, keep training and stay home, stay safe!

(Article by Ramananda SG, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Pearson India.)

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