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Ever felt out of place amidst a group of people speaking in a language you are f amiliar with but using

words which seem to make no sense? To be fair, all of us have undergone such an experience sometime or the other. Mastering a language is indeed difficult. Strengthening the vocabulary is even more so. Words tend to look monstrous and using them is confusing as one is often not sur e what context they owe allegiance to. And using a strange looking word for a st ranger and totally different context gives birth to unexpectedly hilarious resul ts. Difficult but not impossible, building up a better vocabulary requires a bit of a hard work and effort. But once the wildness of vocabulary has been tamed, it serves as a highly useful tool in various fields of communication and interac tion. Positive thinking is the necessary frame of mind one should be in when starting a quest and improving ones vocabulary is no exception. Rope in all the confidence and be prepared for a difficult but ultimately fruitful task. The aim should be clear and visible as having a positive frame of mind will bear no fruits unless one has decided what to do. Time has to be spared, borrowed or stolen anyhow be cause improving ones vocabulary requires hard work which cannot be undertaken unl ess one has enough time to dedicate. So having a clear set of goals and sparing as much time as possible are the first and easiest steps one ought to take when working towards vocabulary building. It might scare some and some may totally give up on building or strengthening on es vocabulary, but reading is necessary if one wishes to build a good vocabulary. Cringing faces will be the first responses to this tip, but many will feel at e ase knowing that it is not necessary to read serious books dealing solely with s erious topics. Even reading the newspaper on a regular level leads to the findin g of new words, which can then be carefully claimed to be an addition to ones voc abulary. Contextual usage of a word is present in newspapers and magazines, help ing one understand the actual meaning of the word. A good book which helps its readers to understand the structuring of words and s trengthens their vocabulary should always serve as the base for the reader. Such a book should be elevated to the position of a teacher as one can depend on a g ood book to teach him or her about the structure and usage of different words, b uilding up the vocabulary as the person progresses. Reading regularly and attent ively is the key to unlocking the secrets to vocabulary building. Befriending the dictionary is another important step that people ought to take w hen planning to improve their vocabulary. The thick book containing endless word s and their explanations can become someones best friend if handled properly. Wor ds known and unknown are encountered on a daily basis and our accidental acquain tance with unknown words often results in us realizing about our limited vocabul ary. The dictionary has been known to be the best guide in such cases as meaning s of words can be found out quickly, resulting in quick memorization of words, t heir meanings and adding up to the arsenal of ones vocabulary. So instead of bein g too lazy to wipe the decade old dust on the dictionary, one must bring it down and befriend it to strengthen ones vocabulary. The above mentioned tips fall under the not-too-hard and not-too-easy category o f tips one can choose to follow in order to improve ones vocabulary. Confidence i s necessary and so is the ability to work hard. Sweat must be shed as learning n ew words and their adequate application tends to take away a lot of valuable tim e. But the end result will definitely be a smiling face confidently churning out words, which will make heads turn. We at The Opus Way have introduced a new section in our blog called Word of the D ay. Learn the Meaning, Pronunciation, Usage And Origin Of The Word. Follow the li nk http://www.theopusway.com/word-of-the-day