Learning to understand new vocabulary through context is a very useful thing for native and non-native speakers alike!
Here is one way you can improve your vocabulary the next time you are reading in English and don’t know advanced vocabulary.
As a native English-speaker, I too must learn new vocabulary every time I read a new book. This is especially the case for me when I read medical or scientific articles, but sometimes I find it with short stories by writers whose style is very sophisticated. Similarly, non-native English-speakers must always seek to increase the vocabulary count in the memory bank as much as possible to become a better writer in the future. A richer vocabulary allows you more flexibility during communication (either orally or in in written form). Here are a few recommendations for anyone (native, and non-native) to build their vocabulary.
When you are reading, underline or circle any unfamiliar words you come across. Do not look for the word in the dictionary immediately…
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