Ways Of Improving Vocabulary

Have you ever heard the words, antonyms and synonyms? If yes, then I am sure you must have heard that they are very important for scoring high in IELTS. But then do you think, that merely knowing the meaning of 1000 isolated words would help you? Well, if you are one of those who is on a target of learning 10 words from dictionary every day, I am sorry to inform that this is not going to help you. But then what is going to and how can you improve your vocabulary??

Well, let us have a look at different approaches that you can follow to score high in IELTS/learn new words effectively.

  1. Collocations – collocations are the words that go together. For example – by train, on foot. When learning new words, make sure that you learn them with words they are often used. This helps you to be more accurate. Example – it is not high man but tall man.
  2. Learn words with families – This does not mean that you need to sit with your family while learning words, it simply means that you need to learn words such that they can be grouped together. For instance, if you need to learn words that show anger, learn all of them together, like belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious. They all mean the same, so it is always a good idea to learn them together. So, when learning words, don’t go for words, rather go for ideas, and then learn everything associated with that idea.
  3. Pictures and diagrams – You can even learn words with diagrams. For example –
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So, go on, learn words the way you like, just make sure you learn them and grow your vocabulary.

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How To Learn A New Word

English is a very broad language consisting of various words that were originally a part of either Persia or Arabian or may be Hindi. Even more, learning a new word often does not means simply to understand its meaning, because a word is often used differently in different context. You need to know the meaning of the word and then more importantly how it is being used.But then, how to learn a new word. When learning a new word make sure you do the following so that you grasp the content of the word correctly –

  1. Knowing the word is not enough. You need to know the words it is usually associated with and whether the word has any grammatical characteristics. And the most important part is to learn its pronunciation.
  2. It is always a good idea to learn a new word in phrases rather than cramming their meanings in isolation.
  3. Write down the nouns and the adjectives the words are generally associated with. For instance – royal family.
  4. Write down the verb with the structure and the nouns the word is often associated with. Example – to express an opinion.
  5. Write down nouns with phrases and words with prepositions. For example – shades of opinion, thanks to your help.
  6. Notice the grammatical structure of the words. As in when is the verb is irregular and when the noun in uncountable.

Learning words is of no use if you don’t know how to use them. So, make sure while learning new words that you can use the word correctly and also pronounce it appropriately.

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College Student ‘Murdered’ # The Quiz

The quiz below is based on the passage College Student Murdered

Given below are two columns, words and meanings.
You need to match the word with the correct meaning.

WORDS MEANING
 1. disappeared  (i)unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim.
 2. registered  (ii)admit that one has committed a crime or done something wrong
 3.murder  (iii)evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone
 4.elicited  (iv)the goal or object of a person’s actions
 5.suspect  (v)to call upon to do something specified
 6.summoned  (vi)a payment made periodically by a tenant to a landlord in return for the use of land, a building, an apartment, an office, or other property
 7.burglary  (vii)an act or instance of identifying
8.expired  (viii)police officers
 9.confessed  (ix)cease to be visible
 10.devised  (x)o come to an end; terminate, as a contract, guarantee, or offer
 11.spokesperson  (xi) a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable
 12.disappearance  (xii)enter or record on an official list or directory
 13. expressly  (xiii)a ceasing to be seen or to exist
 14.explanation  (xiv)have an idea or impression of the existence, presence, or truth of (something) without certain proof
 15.motive  (xv)an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified
 16.renting  (xvi)the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another
 17.cops  (xvii)for the particular or specific purpose
 18.identification  (xviii)to make known; disclose; divulge
 19.revealed  (xix)have an idea or impression of the existence, presence, or truth of (something) without certain proof
 20. rape  (xx)a person who speaks for another or for a group
 21. student housing  (xxi)a university dormitory or a place where students live while studying
 22. confessed  (xxii)the felony of breaking into and entering the house of another at night with intent to steal, extended by statute to cover the breaking into and entering of any of various buildings, by night or day

ANSWERS

  1. ix
  2. xii
  3. xvi
  4. iii
  5. xiv
  6. v
  7. xxii
  8. x
  9. vii
  10. i
  11. xx
  12. xiii
  13. xvii
  14. xi
  15. iv
  16. vi
  17. viii
  18. xv
  19. xviii
  20. i
  21. xxi
  22. ii

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College student ‘murdered’ # Practice Reading

A woman who disappeared (cease to be visible) 31 years ago in Germany and was registered (enter or record on an official list or directory)dead after a man confessed (admit that one has committed a crime or done something wrong)to her murder (the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another), was found two weeks ago living in Dusseldorf, the International Business Times reported.

In 1984, Petra Pazsitka, a 24-year-old computer science student, failed to show up at her brother’s birthday celebration, setting off a massive police search. Pazsitka was living in student housing (a university dormitory or a place where students live while studying) at the time in the German city of Braunschweig.

Detectives elicited (evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone) help from a popular (liked or admired by many people or by a particular person or group) German crime show called “Aktenzeichen XY,” and later a suspect (have an idea or impression of the existence, presence, or truth of (something) without certain proof) in the rape (unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim) and murder of a 14-year-old girl confessed to killing Pazsitka, according to NBC News.

Pazsitka’s body was never found, and the case was closed in 1989.

But things changed two weeks ago when a woman who called herself “Mrs. Schneider” summoned (to call upon to do something specified) police in Dusseldorf, Germany, to report a burglary (the felony of breaking into and entering the house of another at nightwith intent to steal, extended by statute to cover the breaking into andentering of any of various buildings, by night or day).

When police arrived and requested ID from the 55-year-old woman to complete the report, she revealed (to make known; disclose; divulge) herself to be Pazsitka, and produced an expired (to come to an end; terminate, as a contract, guarantee, or offer) identification (an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified)card to prove she was the missing student, IBTimes reported.

Pazsitka then confessed (an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified)to cops (police officers) that she had devised (an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified) a plan to move into an apartment she had been secretly renting (a payment made periodically by a tenant to a landlord in return for the use of land, a building, an apartment, an office, or other property.)and had saved 20,000 euros ($22,000) to create a new life.

A spokesperson (a person who speaks for another or for a group)for Braunschweig and Wolfsburg Police reportedly said: “As to the motive (the goal or object of a person’s actions) of her disappearance (a ceasing to be seen or to exist), she gave no explanation ( a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable) and expressly (for the particular or specific purpose) said that she continues to want no contact with the public or her family.”

Source : TIME

Read this passage again and again, until you grasp all the words of this passage. Once you are confident, go check out the quiz related to this passage by clicking HERE.

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