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Communication & Relationships
Vocabulary

The Importance of a Good Vocabulary

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I wish I knew in my school years what I know today about the importance of a good vocabulary. Back then, when teachers gave us scores of words to learn, all I could think about was the fact that I had never heard any of these words spoken by my peers. To me, they were just words randomly interjected into our readings so we could be tricked into thinking that they were important. I never realized this one important fact: as my peers began to learn these new words, they began to use them, which left me “below the curve.” I was only thinking about my present and not my future. Many adults don't bother to increase their vocabulary for the same reason.

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Lesson Key Points

David Crystal, in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, suggests that the average active (used, not just recognized) vocabulary for a college graduate might be 60,000 words.
Increasing your vocabulary allows you to use more descriptive words to better communicate your thoughts.
Understanding the meaning of more words will allow you to better understand information that you are reading or listening to (comprehension), thus increasing your retention.
Having a larger vocabulary to call upon will help your verbal communication flow and allow you to start eliminating noises such as “umm” and “uhh.”
Being able to use more colorful words in speaking to others will allow you to project a more intelligent image.
Focus on the words that will be beneficial to your specific needs and goals.
Look up unfamiliar words as you encounter them.
Avoid abusing vocabulary by trying to impress others rather than focusing on effective communication.
The goal of expanding your vocabulary should be to lift you slightly above the crowd without losing the audience in words unfamiliar to them.

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There are many ways to learn new words. Which way do you think would be most beneficial to you?
What are THREE words used in your industry/field/hobby with which you are not fully familiar? Look them up. Tell us what they mean and how they are used?
How would an increased vocabulary help you personally?

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    1) David Crystal, in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, suggests that the average active (used, not just recognized) vocabulary for a college graduate might be __________ words.
    a) 10,000
    b) 30,000
    c) 60,000
    d) 120,000
    2) Increasing your vocabulary allows you to use more descriptive words to communicate your thoughts better.
    a) True
    b) False
    3) ______________ communication is about sharing ideas in a way that best translates one’s thoughts into a form of communication that others can understand.
    a) Powerful
    b) Effective
    c) Good
    d) Awesome
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