Building Your Vocabulary

October 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

Good post from the Art of Manliness on building your vocabulary. They say that the benefits of building your vocabulary are:

  • Gives you the ability to say what you mean.
  • Helps you understand other people.
  • Helps you understand what you read.
  • Assists you in becoming a more informed and involved citizen
  • Bolsters your ability to grasp ideas and think more logically and incisively.
  • Allows you to communicate effectively.
  • Boosts your powers of persuasion.
  • Helps you make a good impression on others.

The steps they suggest taking are:

  • Read
  • Listen
  • Write down words you read and hear that you don’t know
  • Look up the word in a dictionary and write down its meaning in a vocabulary notebook
  • Use the new word several times in conversation as soon as you can


Patrick Schreiner

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I teach New Testament at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. I am married with three children. This blog, against all wisdom, includes anything I am interested in. That includes movies, music, theology, culture, hermeneutics, the Gospels, and politics. Feel free to comment and let me know you are reading or that you have found something helpful. I reserve the right to delete unhelpful or rude comments. Many of these posts are simply things I find interesting and therefore I am not asserting I agree with everything I link to.

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