When you read new words, it is important to pay attention to what other words surround the new word in text. This can tell you the part of speech of the word (verb/adjective/noun etc) and the suitable context for the word (such as economics or astrology) as well as the tone (for example, is it formal or slang?). You should write the sentence with the new word in your vocabulary book, and also think of other example sentences to use it in.
You need to frequently use new vocabulary in order to fully learn and retain it in your memory. To do this, make vocabulary cards and collect new words and phrases in a vocabulary note book. When you note down new words, consult the dictionary to help you with meaning and pronunciation. Read through your vocabulary book and test your self with your new words everyday.
Let’s practice these ideas with some exercises.
This is an example IELTS Task 2 essay question.
How can this problem be solved?
We hope you have learned some new words today, and that you have a better understanding of how to learn new words. Remember to try to learn 10 – 15 new words a week as you prepare for your IELTS test. Keeping a vocabulary book is a great way of doing this.
To continue learning about Vocabulary in Context, move on to lesson 2.
For more interactive vocabulary exercises, visit our vocabulary page.