How to increase our vocabulary
Here I am going to explain a method I call "A Freudian
Approach towards Vocabulary building". This method is
based on the pleasure principle which is a psychoanalytic
concept originated by Sigmund Freud that continuously
drives one to seek pleasure and to avoid pain.
My conception of this idea is that you can not and will not
persevere on something which does not give you pleasure.
And you will definitely stop doing something which bores
you. However, to achieve valuable things such as superb
vocabulary knowledge you need to persevere. You need to
learn a little bit everyday and I really mean EVERYDAY to
the end of your existence. In order to do so you should
make learning a pleasant activity. You should read as much
as you can. It's very important to be selective in your
readings. Select articles based on these two main criteria:
• Read something which really interests you
• Read something which matches your level of
One deadly yet common mistake among learners is the
overuse of dictionaries while reading. They tend to
underline or highlight every new word, look it up in a
dictionary, and write it down in a vocabulary notebook and
so on. This is a totally wrong approach because:
• Not every word is worth leaning. English has an
enormous number of words - on the Oxford
University Press website they estimate it at a quarter
of a million words. A very small number of these
words are basic and necessary to communicate
efficiently. The defining vocabulary in Oxford
Advanced Learner's Dictionary consists of only 3000
words. There are many words that are technical and
of very limited usage in general contexts. You'd better
give priority to words that are basic, common and
more likely to appear in different texts.
• By doing so you will very soon lose interest and stop.
Because there is no delight in looking up and/or
memorizing words. It's contradictory with human
So the question is how to deal with new words. Because it'