“Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord?
Hamlet: Between who?
Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.”
– William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
Is size and profundity of your vocabulary, related to your rate of learning, to the comprehension of complex ideas and to the success in life?
YES! YES! YES!
Below I am listing a few FACTS, not just ideas or suggestions:
Research proves that knowing the exact meaning of English words accompanies great all around success in life!
Greater the size of your vocabulary easier it is to augment it further! Rich get richer!
Your reading comprehension is directly correlated to the vocabulary you possess!
The way you impress your peers is much dependent on the words you use in conversation.
Johnson O’ Connor did a marvelous research to find out the relation between various aptitudes and success in life. He came to the conclusion that vocabulary correlates very highly with success. Even your I Q is correlated with your vocabulary. Vocabulary has a very high correlation with IQ (0.8).
So improving your vocabulary means acquiring those tools which are going to help you think faster and hence you will be able to improve your ability to judge with a more sound vocabulary. It does not mean that in order to improve your vocabulary you should immediately look up a word in the dictionary or Google it as soon as you encounter it in conversation or in a book-but what you can very easily do is to make a note of word and then look it up later with usage and reinforce its usage by various means.
Some easy techniques to improve your vocabulary:
Play word smart challenge-it is an online game available for free!
Read, read and read. More you read better it is!
Develop a habit of paying attention to the new words instead of overlooking them.
Write a lot—this way, you will need new words and hence you will learn many new words.