Embraced by Words

Embraced by Words (Photo credit: Robbert van der Steeg)

A word is a sound, which also has a written form, with a single or several meanings. Words vary in Grammar terms whether they belong to the noun’s or to the verb’s group, and they tend to be quite difficult as we think that unless we have plenty of vocabulary we cannot speak a foreign language. Can we communicate without much vocabulary? How can we remember new words?

 Words belong to three types or groups, and we can easily work with them if we know where they belong and why they’re there.

Unknown words

Take a dictionary in your own language and count the words you don’t know. They’d be hundreds, and that’s referring to your own mother tongue. Can we expect them to know everything form a second language? Of course not. There’s vocabulary we sipmly don’t know, and as we don’t know it, it doesn’t exist, and that which doesn’t exist cannot affect me. So please do not excuse yourself anymore saying you don’t know enough.

Passive vocabulary

These are the words you know and recognise, but you wouldn’t use them naturally. We understand other people saying them because it’s not the first time we hear them or maybe it’s just the context telling us the meaning. We eventually are in need of using this words and they change to active vocabulary.

Active vocabulary

These are the words we know and use spontaneously when we are speaking. They belong to this group only for one simple reason, we’ve used them. Do you want all the words to become members of this club? Just use them. Whichever word you use will stay in, those you don’t use you’ll forget. Simple, isn’t it?

Activating words

We know how good repetition works, and this is something that follows a similar concept. If you want to activate your vocabulary, just use the words.

You can write sentences, you can force yourself using them in a conversation or in the class, you can invent stories with the new words when you imagine in a second language, but use them!

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