Building a word bank is exciting!
When expanding our vocabulary it may be useful to think of the English language as a large shoe shop. Every word is like a pair of shoes. We must decide which ones we like and then ‘try them on’. Like new shoes, particularly women’s shoes, new words can feel uncomfortable at first. They feel wrong when we speak them, like they belong to somebody else. We need to break them in. The key is to understand their correct meaning; know the correct pronunciation; and use them often and with confidence. Before we know it we will have a repertoire of English words.
‘What does ‘repertoire‘ mean?’
Well, I’m glad you asked. It originated from France and according to the Free Dictionary, means: a collection of works. (For the phonetic spelling and to hear the word said orally: visit:http://www.thefreedictionary.com/repertoire).
See how easy it is to build a word bank. You’ve just added one new word to your vocabulary by following five easy steps:
Step 1. You read a word that looked interesting but you did’nt know its meaning or how to pronounce it – repertoire.
Step 2. You looked up its meaning – :http://www.thefreedictionary.com/repertoire.
Step 3. You listened to the way it is properly pronounced – :http://www.thefreedictionary.com/repertoire.
Step 4. You tried it on like a pair of shoes.
Step 5. You used it over and over again until it felt comfortable and natural for you to say.
Now, here’s a list of words to keep you going:
1. Remarkable 2. Ferocious 3. Dynamic 4. Pursue 5. Intense
6. Defensive 7. Enthusiastic 8. Source 9. Organise 10. Impose
I encourage you to follow the five steps and add these 10 words to your growing vocabulary. But don’t stop here. Keep your eyes opened for new and exciting words, and step into an expressive and extensive English language.
ESL Trainer and Assessor