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Vocabulary Challenge

May 31, 2016

Hi Cafetalk!

I often tell my students that learning new vocabulary is the fastest way to improve your overall English level. It has been said that everytime we learn 1000 new words, our level in a language increases.

1000 words may sound like a lot, but it really isn't. There are 365 days in a year, which means if you want to improve your English level in 1 year, you need to learn less than 3 words per day. Of course, if you want to improve faster, you can learn more.

Memorizing vocabulary can often be a dreaded task for students, but it doesn't have to be. Learning a new language is all about having fun! I encourage you to just pick 3 random words that you know in your native language but don't know in the language that you are studying. Then, try to use those words in fun and meaningful sentences.

To get you started, I'm going to provide three words for you. If you already know these words, no worry! Please head to the very useful website, www.thesaurus.com , to find a synonym or antonym of the word(s) that you already know. 

Today's 3 words:

inspire

fascinate

encourage

Please click the links to learn the definitions of these words. Then try to make sentences using these words. For example:

I hope these 3 words inspire and encourage you to spend a few minutes a day to learn the fascinating English language!

Feel free to leave your example sentences in the comments below!

If you would like me to check your sentences, please check out my Keep a Journal lesson. I'll check your grammar and usage and give you tips. 

If you'd like to try and use these words in conversation, please check out my Daily Conversation Lesson and I will be happy to instruct you there.

I hope you try the Vocabulary Challenge! Good luck!

Matthew

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